Canorro appointed as Christ the Good Shepherd pastor

Father John W. Canorro, pictured above performing a baptism in 2012, has been named pastor of the newly formed Christ the Good Shepherd parish.

SYRACUSE — A priest with central New York roots and experience ministering in Oswego County has been tapped to lead the newly formed consolidated Catholic parish in the city of Oswego.

Father John W. Canorro will serve as pastor of Christ the Good Shepherd, consisting of the congregations of Oswego’s four Catholic churches, according to a release Monday from Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse Bishop Robert J. Cunningham.

“Father Canorro is quite familiar with the northern region of the Diocese of Syracuse and is looking forward to returning to minister in this area during this important time of transition for the people of Oswego,” Cunningham said in a press release.

In taking the helm of the Port City’s nascent Catholic community, Canorro will leave his position as pastor of St. Rose of Lima in North Syracuse. He had held that position since 2017.

Canorro has also in the past served the parishes of Holy Trinity Church in Fulton, Christ Our Light in Pulaski and St. Anne, Mother of Mary in Mexico.

Mexico native, St. Anne congregant and Oswego County Clerk Michael Backus reacted joyfully to the news, calling Canorro a “tremendous faith leader.”

“I’m thrilled for the overall community in Oswego and for Father John,” said Backus, whose two children both received their baptism with Canorro presiding.

Last month, Bishop Cunningham announced that St. Paul’s Catholic Church, located on East Fourth Street, would serve as the physical home for Christ the Good Shepherd.

The decision of St. Paul’s ended more than a year of speculation surrounding the consolidation, which diocese and parish leaders said was necessary due to dwindling attendance and financial instabilty.

Canorro is an East Syracuse native and graduated from East Syracuse-Minoa High School. He holds degrees from Marist College and St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. He was ordained as a priest on June 2, 2001.

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