Curriculum Vitae

Date & Place of Birth:

June 18, 1943, Buffalo, New York

Parents:

Cecil A. & Grace Holenstein Cunningham

Siblings:

Patrick J. Cunningham and Eileen Cunningham Korn

Education:

  • Elementary: St. John the Baptist, Kenmore
  • Minor Seminary: Diocesan Preparatory Seminary, Buffalo
  • Major Seminary: St. John Vianney Seminary, East Aurora
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1968, Master of Divinity, 1973
  • Graduate Studies:
    • Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., Bachelor of Canon Law (J.C.B.) 1977
    • Catholic University of America Licentiate in Canon Law, (J.C.L.) 1978
  • Honorary Doctorates in Humane Letters:
    • Niagara University 1991
    • St. John's University 2007
    • Canisius College, 2009

Ordinations:

  • Ordained Priest of the Diocese of Buffalo: May 24, 1969
  • Ecclesiastical Honors: Chaplain to His Holiness: July 8, 1984
  • Prelate of Honor: October 15, 1988 Knight of the Holy Sepulchre: May 22, 1990 Protonotary Apostolic: May 26, 1993
  • Appointed 13th Bishop of Ogdensburg: March 9, 2004
  • Episcopal Ordination and Installation as Bishop of Ogdensburg: May 18, 2004
  • Appointed Bishop of Syracuse: April 21, 2009
  • Installation as 10th Bishop of Syracuse: May 26, 2009

Assignments:

  • Associate Pastor, Blessed Sacrament, Kenmore 1969- 1972
  • Associate Pastor, St. John the Baptist, Kenmore, 1972 -1974
  • Secretary to Bishop McLaughlin, Diocese of Buffalo 1971-1974
  • Secretary to Bishop Head /Assistant Chancellor, Diocese of Buffalo 1974 - 1979
  • Vice Chancellor, Diocese of Buffalo 1979 -1985 Chancellor, Diocese of Buffalo 1985 - 2004
  • Vicar General, Diocese of Buffalo 1986 - 2004
  • Weekend Associate, St. John the Baptist, Kenmore 1974 - 2002
  • Pastor, St. Louis Church, Buffalo 2002 - 2004
  • Elected Administrator, Diocese of Buffalo 2003-2004

Personal Accomplishments:

  • Cantalician Center for Learning Award 1999
  • Sr. Mary Mechtilde Award ( Kenmore Mercy Hospital ) 2004
  • Cur' of Ars Award - Christ the King Seminary 2008
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee memberships
  • Region II Representative to Administrative Committee
  • Committee for the Protection of Children and Young people
  • Committee on Priorities and Plans
  • Cultural Diversity: Subcommittee on Native American Affairs