Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

The Year of Faith in Review : October 11, 2012-November 24, 2013


On the Feast of Christ the King 2012, Pope Benedict XVI called for a “Year of Faith”.   The Year of Faith opened on October 11, 2012, which was the 50th anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council. It concluded on the Solemnity of Christ the King, November 24, 2013. The Holy Father indicated that the Year of Faith was "to give new impetus to the mission of the whole Church to lead men out of the desert in which they often find themselves, to the place of life, of friendship with Christ. The Pope explained that the year would be a moment of grace and commitment to a more complete conversion to God to strengthen our faith in Him and to program Him with joy to the people of our time.” (Vatican TV)  

The Diocese of Ogdensburg celebrated the Year of Faith by organizing events, and providing resources to assist parishes, focusing on knowing and living our Catholic faith. Below follow some of the highlights:





Since the fruitfulness of the Year of Faith depended, in large part, on how well it is embraced and observed at the parish level, the September Workshops were designed to both communicate the vision and goal of the Year of Faith, and share resources and strategies for achieving a fruitful observance.  The workshop was be held on: Saturday, September 22, 2012, in Plattsburgh, on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, in Tupper Lake, and Saturday, September 29, 2012, in Watertown.  The objective of the workshops was to prepare the participants to assist their pastor and pastoral council in planning and executing initiatives in the parish to support of the goal of the Year of Faith.



As part of the Year of Faith, the North Country Catholic published stories of ordinary and yet extraordinary Catholics from around our Diocese. These stories witnessed to the power and beauty of faith.

Cragg KidsTrusting in God

March 20, 2013

By Maeana Cragg
Contributing Writer

Some people may think we’re crazy.  Others may think that we are just foolish.  Few have ever said that directly to us.  In fact, after asking the obligatory, “Are they all yours?” most people are kind enough to tell us what a beautiful family we have. Read More ...

View all the Stories of Faith from the Year of Faith




November 10, 2012

Bishop Terry R. LaValley issued a pastoral letter to all the Catholics of the Diocese of Ogdensburg on the topic of faith.  Bishop LaValley’s letter was be published on 10 November 2012.

Pastoral Letter



Witnesses of Faith Celebration

November 18, 2pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Ogdensburg

The diocesan observance of the Year of Faith officially opened Nov. 18 with a prayer service called Witnesses of Faith Celebration. Bishop Terry R. LaValley presided at the service at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The diocesan family was invited to attend and many came to fill the Cathedral to capacity. The prayer service celebrated the saintly lives of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Mother Marianne Cope, OSF, and St. Brother Andre Bessette, CSC. The main speaker for the Prayer Service was Sister Kateri Mitchell, a Sister of St. Anne and native of the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation. Sister Kateri is the executive director of the Tekakwitha Conference in Great Falls, Montana.



Father StittFather Bryan Stitt, Diocesan Vocations Director, gave several Virtual Tours of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.  Father Stitt was a tour guide at St. Peter's for three years and shared stories, music and breathtaking photos of St.  This Virtual Tour was offered as a part of the Year of Faith to help people taste again for the first time the joy of Pilgrimage!



Father AmyotHaven't you always wanted to visit the Holy Land without all the travel and cost?  Father Andrew Amyot, leader of numerous pilgrimages to the Holy Land, offered Virtual Tours of the Holy Land in various locations around the diocese









June 2, 2012 at Notre Dame Church and St. Mary's Cathedral in Ogdensburg

The Eucharist is ". . . the source and summit of the Christian life. . ." [Vatican II Constitution on the Church, #11] During this Year of Faith, the Church of Ogdensburg was renewed in this belief and "rediscovered a taste for feeding ourselves . . . on the bread of life" (Porta Fidei, 3) 

The Diocesan Year of Faith Committee organized a celebration for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on Sunday, June 2, 2013 in Ogdensburg. Although the planned procession from Notre Dame Church to St. Mary's Cathedral could not take place because of the weather, there was exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at Notre Dame Church in the morning followed by choral praise, adoration and Solemn Evening Prayer and Benediction at St. Mary's Cathedral. 

Many clergy, consecrated religious, parishioners and the members of various ministries and Catholic organizations throughout the diocese participated in this celebration of our faith in, and gratitude for, the wondrous gift of the Holy Eucharist.

Bishop Terry R LaValley's Homily for Corpus Christi


The Beauty of Belief: A celebration of Art and Music

THE BEAUTY OF BELIEFAugust 18, 2013, 3pm Suny Postdam's Hosmer Hall and Gallery

This was a wonderful celebration of art and music in the Year of Faith, and likely will it was the first annual Beauty of Belief Celebration. The event featured musicians sharing high quality choral, vocal, or instrumental pieces that are sacred and spiritually influenced as well as artists sharing the beauty of faith through the visual arts.



Solemn Mass for the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization

September 29, 2013, 2:30pm at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid

The Catholic Faithful of the Diocese of Ogdensburg gathered together at the Olympic Arena in Lake Placid on Sunday, September 29, 2013, at 2:30pm to join Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Personal Representative of Pope Francis to the United States and Bishop Terry LaValley and the Priest of the Diocese of Ogdensburg for a Solemn Mass marking the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization.


Celebration of Consecrated Religious Serving within the Diocese

On Sunday, November 3, 2013, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg, Bishop LaValley was the principal celebrant of a Mass celebrating the commitment and service of the consecrated women and men religious serving within the Diocese of Ogdensburg.  During this celebration, the consecrated religious were invited to renew their vows.  Sister Ellen Donahue, S.A., the Episcopal Delegate for Religious will gave a reflection on the consecrated life during the Eucharistic celebration.  Following the Mass, there was a reception in the Cathedral’s Brzana Hall.

View pictures on facebook from the Celebration of Consecrated Religious Life.


PHOTO CONTEST:  Picture it...Catholicism

PHOTO CONTESTAward Nov 8 at Parish of the Visitation

Pope Benedict said "The 'Way of Beauty' is a way capable of leading the mind and heart to the Lord, to elevate them to the heights of God." In conjunction with the Year of Faith, the Diocese of Ogdensburg is sponsored a photo contest.

Submissions were accepted for three categories of Photographic Artwork: Color, Black and White, and Computer Manipulated Photos and awards were presented by Bishop LaValley in each category for best Elementary, Junior/Senior High, College and Adult submissions.



November 22-23 at Wadhams Hall

In the pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith prepared by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, we were reminded that the Year of Faith offers a special opportunity for all believers to deepen their knowledge of the primary documents of the Second Vatican Council. To assist in providing on-going faith formation with regard to the extensive and rich teachings of the Second Vatican Council the Year of Faith Committee offered a workshop on the history and writings of Vatican II.

The workshop was held at Wadhams Hall on November 22 -23, 2013. The workshop opened Friday afternoon, November 22 with evening prayer at 5:30 pm and concluded on Saturday, November 23 at 3:15. Bishop LaValley and the Year of Faith Committee hope the workshop will be am impetus for adult faith formation opportunities on Vatican II at the parish level this coming year.  Click here for the resource page.



November 24, 2013 at 3pm

At 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 24th, Catholics from across the Diocese participated in Eucharistic Holy Hours for Life, Marriage and Liberty.  Bishop LaValley has directed that a Holy Hour with common prayers be held in each Deanery as we simultaneously join with him and the other Deaneries to celebrate the blessings of the Year of Faith.  As the Bishop led the Holy Hour at St. Mary's Cathedral in Ogdensburg, each Deanery of the Diocese celebrated a Holy Hour using the same prayers and readings.

Eucharistic Holy Hour for Life Program