Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg


The Development Office of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg was established to provide financial support for Parishes, Catholic Schools, Ministries & Programs of the Diocese and Missionary Projects of the Diocese.

Bishop's Heritage Circle

Established in 1995 by Bishop Paul S. Loverde to assist in funding certain extraordinary needs of the Diocese and to enhance the heritage handed down to us, the Bishop’s Heritage Circle continues to grow under the leadership of Bishop Terry R. LaValley.

Each member must be a practicing Catholic or the spouse of a practicing Catholic. It is expected that the individual or couple will have made and will continue to make generous contributions to their local Parish, the Diocese and the Universal Church.

Membership is attained by a minimum gift of $2,500 for the first two years, then $1,000 each consecutive year. Typical needs requested by Bishop LaValley are the Special Care of Priests, the Education of Seminarian Endowment Fund and Capital improvements/needs of the Bishop’s Residence.

Since its inception, over $500,000 has been generously contributed to assist the extraordinary needs. For more information contact the Development Office at 315-393-2920.

Memorare Legacy Society

What is the Memorare Legacy Society?               

It honors and recognizes the generosity and vision of those who have chosen to leave a legacy to the Diocese of Ogdensburg, Catholic Parish or School, or Diocesan Ministry/Programs or Missionary Projects of the Diocese through estate or deferred gifts. 

Who Qualifies for Membership?               

One qualifies for membership by designating a portion of his or her assets to pass at death to the Diocese, Catholic Parish or School, or Diocesan Ministry/Programs or Missionary Projects of the Diocese.  These gifts may be accomplished by a simple statement that you have remembered the Church in your Will or similar document such as a trust, life insurance policy, charitable gift annuity, designation of an IRA or 401(k) or any other more complex transaction.  Members are welcomed but not required to disclose the specific amount of the gift and the specific beneficiary. 

What Does Membership in The Memorare Legacy Society Mean?               

Members receive special recognition and may participate in an annual gathering to celebrate their generosity.  Members’ names will not be made public unless they specifically give their consent to do so. 

Why Have The Memorare Legacy Society?               

Many people are not aware of the great impact of stewardship generosity in our Diocese.  Through The Memorare Legacy Society such generosity is made public, thereby encouraging others to consider a similar gift. 

How Does a Person Join The Memorare Legacy Society?               

By filling out and submitting the Membership Form. Several of you probably already qualify and have left your Parish or School, or Diocesan Ministry/Programs or Missionary Projects of the Diocese or the Diocese in your will or currently have a charitable gift annuity with us. Feel free to call (315-393-2920) if you have any questions.

Memorare Legacy Society Membership Form

Please use this form to share the details of your bequest intentions for The Memorare Legacy Society. In recognition of your disclosure, we will be honored to invite you to join The Memorare Legacy Society.

This form is for information purpose only. Your estate is not legally bound by submitting this statement but remains revocable and can be modified at any time. This information will be held in strictest confidence.
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Bequest Specifics
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has been named in my/our estate plans.

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Stewardship Program

 The Diocese of Ogdensburg Mission Statement for Stewardship:

"Stewardship is an expression of discipleship, with the power to change how we understand and live our lives. Disciples who practice true Stewardship recognize God as the origin of life, the gift of freedom, the source of all they have and are and will be. They are grateful for what they have received and eager to cultivate their gifts out of love for God and one another."

Stewardship .....

A Way of Life


Scott Lalone
Executive Director, Development

Valerie Mathews
Assistant Director, Development
Director, Bishops Fund & Stewardship

Lorraine Carney
Clerical Assistant of Development Office