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Q&A with Father Alex Morris

Nominated by Valerie Hill, director of community services at Syracuse Community Connections Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: When I first became a father, I had just turned 18, was still in high school and was terrified. I had no idea what I was doing. I was just a kid myself. I would learn Read More Read More »

Q&A with Father Wayne Wright

Nominated by Ed Perry Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: It was different. I had a lot of adjusting to do. When you’re used to doing things on the fly … all of the sudden you have to think and plan. Now you have a kid, you can’t just jump up and go and Read More Read More »

Q&A with Father Timothy Jennings-Bey

Nominated by Helen Hudson Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: I was ecstatic. I didn’t have a preference for a boy or girl. I just prayed the baby would be healthy. We were going to have the sex be a surprise, but the nurse didn’t know. When they did the sonogram she announced it Read More Read More »

Q&A with Father Cyrus Lyles

Nominated by Ed Perry Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: Initially, I was terrified. At first I didn’t understand it — she (the mother) still looked normal. Then when her belly started to get big … I was like ‘Uh oh! This is the real deal.’ And I didn’t grasp the concept that I Read More Read More »

Q&A with Father Ricky Parks

Nominated by Travis Robinson Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: I was nervous at first, because I didn’t grow up with my father. So I didn’t really think I knew how to be a father. After the first year, I got used to it and enjoyed having him around. Then they just all started Read More Read More »

Q&A with Father Malusi Qhobosheane

Nominated by Twiggy Billue Q: What did it feel like when you first became a father? A: I’m in a unique situation because I have a goddaughter that is three years older than my oldest child. So I had — kind of — already been through the parenting stage of handling an infant for the first time before I had Read More Read More »

Q&A with Father Stanley Ford

Nominated by fellow teacher Anton Ninno Q: What did it feel like when you learned you would become a father? A: I was in the military and had a duty assignment in a suburb of Detroit. I was an advisor to the 70th Infantry Division on training. My wife would usually have breakfast in the morning and on this day Read More Read More »

Q&A with Father Ed Perry

Nominated by David L. Chaplin II Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: It was a mix of emotions. Happy, excited, enthused, nervous, scared, unsure, doubtful. We knew it was going to be a boy. With the first, we wanted to know. I was there for the birth, and I was strong. It was amazing Read More Read More »

Q&A with Father Leroy McClain

Nominated by Anton Ninno, fellow teacher at the Southside Academy Charter School Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: It was a rush of excitement and the feeling that I have to be responsible all the time now because this little person is depending on me. Q: What can you share about your children? A: Read More Read More »

Q&A with Father Aundra Billue

Nominated by Twiggy Billue, his wife of 30 years Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: Because my wife had to have a C-section, I wasn’t able to experience the whole thing. I was in the waiting room. It was exciting but nerve-wracking because you don’t know if the baby is going to be all Read More Read More »