The Episcopal Delegate for Religious serves as a representative of the Bishop of the Diocese to members of Religious Institutes and other forms of Consecrated Life. The Episcopal Delegate for Religious, appointed by the Bishop, serves as his liaison and offers pastoral concern and appropriate resources for religious to enhance their vocation within the Church.The ministry of the Episcopal Delegate for Religious is primarily one of service: service to the Bishop when acting as his representative; service to members of Consecrated Life in areas essential to their growth; service to the diocese by supporting, in whatever way possible, the vocation to Consecrated Life.
Have you ever considered religious life as a sister, a nun or a brother? How do you discern if religious life may be where God is calling you? As we enter into the celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, we will use this page to share information about religious life, discernment, different type of consecrated life, and other vocational information.If you have thought about religious life, one of the best places to start your discernment is to talk with those who are living consecrated life today. All communities have a vocation director who would love to talk to you about your vocation and share with you information about their community. Most communities have webpages where you can find basic information as well as connect with the vocation director of that community. For communities present in the Diocese of Ogdensburg click here. Another resource for religious life is the Vision Vocations Network.Over the next few weeks we will update this webpage with information about vocations, opportunities for vocation retreats, and other resources.
Different forms of Consecrated Life
All members of a religious community, secular institute, or society of apostolic life are invited to attend the meetings of the Council with the right of voice but not vote.The delegate members are elected or appointed by the members of his/her community who reside and/or serve in the Diocese. Communities with fewer than 11 members shall be represented by one delegate; communities with 11-20 members shall be represented by two delegates; communities with 21 or more members shall be represented by one delegate for each additional ten community members.
Present members include:
Sr. Cindy Sullivan, BVM, President
Sr. Doris Durant, OSM, Vice President
Sr. Norma Bryant, SSJ, Secretary
Sr. Elizabeth Menard, OP, Treasurer
Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley, Ex-Officio
Sr. Bernadette Marie Collins, SSJ, Ex-Officio
Sr. Maria Flavia D’Costa, SCC
Sr. Bernadette Ducharme, SCSL
Sr. Janet Peters, RSM
Sr. Jennifer Votraw, SSJ
General meetings are held twice a year in the fall and spring. The fall meeting is held at the Bishop’s House.
Members are encouraged to hold at least one regional meeting during the year on a topic of interest.
-DVDs of the talks given at the 2017 LCWR National Conference are available from this office.
-DVDs of the talks given at the 2018 LCWR National Conference will be available in January.
The talks from the conference are also available on line if you would like a copy of any of them. Simply go to the LCWR website and look under “Assembly”.