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 educate and evangelize in the Diocese of Ogdensburg. Through a vision of 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

315-393-2920 Ext: 1400

Cathy Russell

Director, Western Region
315-393-2929 Ext: 1450

Anita Soltero

Director, Eastern Region

Jessica Hargrave

Department Secretary 
315-393-2920 Ext: 1451

Diocesan LEAD

LEAD (Leadership For Evangelization and Discipleship) offers quality diocesan and regional events to support the varied work of parish ministers. These opportunities include spiritual, personal and professional development, networking and days of reflection. 

For a reasonable parish fee of $100, one person from the designated list of names may attend any LEAD event free of charge. Other designated leaders are encouraged to attend LEAD events, which may have a nominal fee attached depending on the event. 


Catechist Certification Description: 

The Growth in Faith Program (GIF) offers the theological and methodological formation necessary to achieve diocesan catechist certification.  See brochure 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.

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. 

Lending Library 

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

Anita Soltero 518-310-3669.  

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

 Jessica Hargrave, 315-393-2920 Ext: 1451

Helpful Websites

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