Retired Bishop James Moynihan, who served as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse from 1995 to 2009, died March 6. He was 84.
Jerome Berrigan was last arrested in 2011 at the age of 91 after protesting Reaper drones at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, N.Y.
The promotion comes amid a growing need for laypeople to take on leadership positions in church institutions.
On a recent Saturday, members of the local Franciscan Earth Corps stocked shelves and cleaned storage rooms at a food pantry. In early March, the group will screen “Triple Divide,” a documentary about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Later this spring, they'll put up bluebird boxes at a retreat center.
And once a month, they'll gather to talk about Franciscan spirituality.