Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

Solidarity in Faith



“The persecution of Christians and ethnic and religious minorities in many parts of the world,

especially in the Middle East,

are a great trial not only for the Church but also the entire international community. 

Every effort should be encouraged,

even in a practical way,

to assist families and Christian communities to remain in their native lands.”

- Pope Francis in the Joy of Love, #46

 Solidarity in Faith:

our practical diocesan response

to the Holy Father’s call

to assist the suffering families and communities

in the Diocese of Latakia

The Diocese of Ogdensburg is setting out on a “twinning relationship” with the Diocese of Latakia, located in Syria. Bishop Antoine Chbeir who shepherds this Maronite Catholic Diocese of about 45,000 Catholics that has 30 parishes, 27 priests and 27 consecrated religious. War has wreaked havoc on the region.  In addition to normal pastoral activities, the Church in Latakia also must minister to thousands of displaces Syrians who seeking a safe refuge.

Watch Bishop LaValley's Announcement of Solidarity in Faith:

Syria is a country of many cultures and languages. Some variations for Latakia include Lattakia,
Al Lādhiqīyah and اللاذقية.