• Historically speaking, Catholic education in the Southern Tier features a combination of young and old.

    <p>The attic at Holy Family School in Elmira contains messages from students dating back decades. (Photo by Rick Bacmanski)  </p>

    The attic at Holy Family School in Elmira contains messages from students dating back decades. (Photo by Rick Bacmanski)

  • For Southern Tier Catholics this past Christmas, the spirit of giving extended far beyond family and friends.

    <p>Laurie Baverstock (from left) of Holy Family Catholic Community hands out giving-tree gifts to Bonnie Brooker and Sonya Davis at St. Joseph Church in Wayland Dec. 14. (Courier photo by Jeff Witherow)  </p>

    Laurie Baverstock (from left) of Holy Family Catholic Community hands out giving-tree gifts to Bonnie Brooker and Sonya Davis at St. Joseph Church in Wayland Dec. 14. (Courier photo by Jeff Witherow)

  • For hundreds of teens from the Rochester Diocese, Indianapolis served as the ideal spot for building relationships.

    <p>Priests touch a statue of Our Lady of Fatima during the entrance to the closing Mass Nov. 23, 2019, at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. (CNS photo by Karen Bonar)   </p>

    Priests touch a statue of Our Lady of Fatima during the entrance to the closing Mass Nov. 23, 2019, at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. (CNS photo by Karen Bonar)

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