Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg

Welcome to the Department of Faith Formation
Mission Statement

"Christ-led, Christ-fed and hope-filled," the Department of Faith Formation seeks to equip disciples with the tools they need to teach/educate and evangelize in the Diocese of Ogdensburg.  Through collaboration with parishes and other diocesan offices, the department provides effective programs that "renew faith, nurture hope and discover love" on the life-long journey of faith formation. 

Department Staff

Sr. Ellen Rose Coughlin, SSJ


Anita Soltero
Cathy Russell

Assistant Director, Western Region

Assistant Director, Eastern Region

Diocesan LEAD

LEAD Brochure Annual LEAD 
Please download LEAD Flyer
 to register with included links​  


Catechist Certification Description: 

The Growth in Faith Program offers the theological and methodological formation necessary to achieve diocesan catechist certification.  See the brochure above for details. 
“Those called to the ministry of Catechesis, should be generous with their time and talent, open to deepening their understanding of the theology and methodology necessary for teaching and be able to communicate faith and knowledge effectively in both word and deed.” 

Catholic Bishops of NY State, The Catechist in the Third Millenium.

“Catechists are people who keep  the memory of God alive; they keep it alive in themselves and they are able to revive it in others.”  Pope Francis, Homily, 9/29/13.

Catechist Prayer 

Lord God, you are the source of all love,  
truth, and goodness. 
You are the source of my being  
and your word is the true path for my journey. 
Grant me the courage in live according to your word. 
Instill in my through the gift of your Holy Spirit, 
 the desire and the wisdom to share your love,  
your truth, and your goodness with those I serve. 
Help me use my time to better prepare myself for this sacred responsibility: 
For I need to offer myself in your service 
 with all of the patience, perseverance, and love  
that you have first shown to me. 
I ask no more than this, Lord, 
in the name of your Son and my Savior; Jesus Christ. 


Celebrate Christ 2023
"The Human Person in Today’s World”
We Are All God’s Children

2023 Virtual Confirmation Retreat

God is not
done with you yet

2021 Virtual Confirmation Retreat

You Are Loved,
You Are Made 
For Greatness
The Catechist's Tool 
Getting Started with the 

Are you called to be a Catechist? 
See the attached presentation adapted from the book:  “A Catechist’s Toolbox”  by Joe Paprocki, published by Loyola Press

Office of Youth 

Anita Soltero
Director, Youth Ministry

Tips for Keeping the Light of Faith Alive in Your Home

These tips can be used in parish bulletins, in communications with families and in parish social media posts.
Right click on image below to download

Lending Library 

To borrow a book or DVD, for items in Plattsburgh (P), contact:   

Anita Soltero at 518-310-3669

To borrow a book or DVD from Ogdensburg (O), contact:

 Leann Mast at 315-393-2920

Helpful Websites     Eucharist Resources