Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

Mission Column December 6, 2017

A Blessing to Missionary Childhood Association (MCA)

Who is a missionary? Sr. Cindy Sullivan , BVM, a native of Massena, NY was sent to Ecuador as a Peace Corps.  In Ecuador Cindy met the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  She joined the community and was sent back to serve in Quito, Ecuador  as a BVM Sister.  She has been missioned for forty-three  years to be Jesus hands, feet, eyes, and ears to the Body of Christ  families in the “Working Boy’s Center”.  Sr. Cindy reminds us that a missionary is a person who has been “sent”. Many of you know Sr. Cindy from her Mission Appeals in our parishes over the summers when she was on home visits with her parents.  She is now missioned back here in the North Country. 

Her missioning to the North Country is a big blessing for MCA. She has traveled around the Diocese of Ogdensburg to visit the Catholic Schools reminding students that we are all missionaries. Eager students asked the question, "What do missionaries do?”  To that question Sr. Cindy asks the students, “What would Jesus do in any given situation?  That is what a missionary needs to do.  The young missionaries in St. Mary’s, Canton, Augustinian Academy, Carthage, St. James, Gouverneur, St. Agnes, Lake Placid, Holy Family, Malone, Trinity Catholic, Massena, Seton Academy,  Plattsburgh, St. Bernard’s, Saranac Lake, St. Mary’s, Ticonderoga, and Immaculate Heart Elementary, Watertown  are great in answering the questions of how they can be Christ’s hands, feet, eyes, and ears.  They get it!  They help by accepting the assignment of being “missioned”. They pray for other kids and make sacrifices raising money.  Many are bringing in clothes, food and toys for local need during the upcoming holidays.   Sr. Cindy is hopeful that the “missionary captains” in each classroom, with the help of their teachers, will keep the importance of being Christ’s Body as missionaries alive and well. Sr. Cindy will keep in contact with the schools on their progress of life as missionaries and will revisit the schools.  Thanks to principals, moderators, faculty and staffs for the warm welcome and for being open to meeting the new challenges of helping kids to help kids.  The mission office is anxiously awaiting more stories and photos from the schools of the kids taking their missionary assignments seriously.

Sr. Cindy would like to visit students in parish religious programs.  She is happy to come speak in your classroom.  Please contact Molly Ryan in the mission office by y phone at 315 393 2920 or via email at mryan@rcdony.org to set up a meeting or to be put in touch with Sr. Cindy.  God Bless!


Sister Cindy Sullivan is shown here with a group of Students From St. Agnes School in Lake Placid, NY earlier this Fall


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