Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York



What is CORE?
CORE is a community of faith that gathers regularly to provide opportunities for catechetical leaders to share faith, find support and pursue professional growth and development. There are three levels of CORE membership: Diocesan, Regional and Associate.

What is Diocesan CORE?
Diocesan CORE offers a day of reflection three times per year which allows for spiritual and professional growth. Each Diocesan CORE event has a central theme and includes engaging speakers and guest presenters who help catechetical leaders deepen their spirituality and knowledge base in the faith. Additionally, CORE offers special training events that are designed to share new diocesan strategies and resources for parish based catechetical programs.
What is Regional CORE?
The Diocese of Ogdensburg has two regional offices that are located respectively in Watertown, and Plattsburgh, Each office hosts three to four gatherings annually for the regions’ catechetical leaders that are designed to offer opportunities for information and faith sharing. These smaller groups provide opportunities for in-service training, mutual support and fellowship.

What is Associate Membership?
An inexpensive Associate membership is available to those in catechetical ministry or in a related ministry (e.g. Youth Ministry, Young Adult or Family Life Ministry) who cannot attend events but who wish to stay informed on catechetical issues. Events are open to Associate members on an “ala carte” basis.

Who are CORE members?
It is expected that parish Catechetical Leaders will join and participate in CORE events either as Diocesan or Regional CORE members. Youth Directors, RCIA Directors, Pastoral Associates and others involved in parish catechetical ministries are also invited to join. CORE encourages professional development regardless of the particular status of a catechetical leader and whether they are full or part time, volunteer or paid. CORE attempts to schedule events that can accommodate the active work schedules of today’s catechetical leaders.
What are the costs of CORE membership? core5 

Diocesan CORE costs $ 130 per year and includes three fully paid events per year plus all activities of the regional CORE. Regional CORE is $50 per year and includes all regional meetings. Diocesan events are charged separately and are not included in regional membership.

Associate Membership costs $25 per year and Associate members are entitled to receive correspondence and meeting information. Associate members can also attend Diocesan CORE events and are assessed a variable per event charge. (Usually $45)

Who coordinates CORE?
CORE is coordinated by a Steering Committee that is comprised of the Director of Faith Formation, the three Regional Directors, the Director of Youth Ministry and one elected regional representative from each of the two Faith Formation Regions.

How do I Join CORE?
Please call the Ogdensburg Regional Office (315) 782-3620 for information about joining CORE. You may also contact the office secretary by email: sbachmann@rcdony.org or Deacon Patrick Donahue by email: pdonahue@rcdony.org