Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
On February 14, 2013, the Diocese of Ogdensburg set out on a special quest to follow Jesus more closely in a world that is changing at breakneck speed. Amid such rapid change, the Church that we love continues to invite us and our neighbors to find our home in Christ, to Renew Faith, Nurture Hope, and Discover Love.
An Envisioning Leadership Team helped me assess our needs and priorities as a Diocese. I heard from a broad cross-section of our parishioners from the shores of Lake Champlain to the banks of the St. Lawrence River. The young and the not-so-young shared their experiences and concerns for the future. At the Chrism Mass in 2014, the formal aspect of the Envisioning Process concluded with my announcement of our five-year Vision, including key Priorities for parish ministry. These Priorities have become a compass for every parish in our Diocese to follow on the journey of faith.
Under the leadership of our pastors, Christ-led, Christ-fed, and Hope-filled, our parishioners have been planning, conscious of our limited resources, how best to build our parishes with living stones, that is, making them even more vibrant families of faith. The parishes must now be equipped with the resources (both human and material) to implement these plans that will strengthen the mission of the local Church for generations to come.
At this time, as we prepare for the 150th Anniversary of the founding of our Diocese (2022), I am seeking your prayerful support of our Diocesan Capital Campaign, because It’s Our Church, It’s Our Future. This campaign, which calls for sacrifice on everyone’s part, will support the rich legacy of faith that characterizes the Diocese of Ogdensburg. I believe that this is truly an urgent, historic endeavor to strengthen our local parish families that comprise the Diocese of Ogdensburg.
I am very grateful for your continuing prayers and ask your generous participation in this important effort to provide the means that helps us follow Jesus as members of a vibrant family of faith.
Gratefully yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley
Bishop of Ogdensburg