Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

vocation issue pictureDear People of Ogdensburg,

Mercy at work. Have you ever felt in great need of the loving presence of God in your life, wanted to experience His mercy and His love? There are seminaries across Africa and Asia helping to prepare future priests who will carry the Lord’s loving, merciful heart to uplift the poor, to reach out to children, and to comfort the sick. These future priests need your help.

“We visit the sick and share the word of God with them,” says Phiri Zakariah Moses, studying at St. Dominic’s Major Seminary in Zambia. Like his fellow seminarians, he needs help to pay tuition costs, and St. Dominic’s wants to expand to accept more students. “St. Luke tells us, ‘Whoever has two cloaks should share with those who have none, and whoever has food should do likewise,” Phiri says. “I pray that you will do the same, helping us to help others.”

In Timor-Leste in Asia, a student, Nato, at San Pedro e Paulo Major Seminary in Dili, longs to bring help to his people there. Timor-Leste, one of the poorest countries in the world, is torn by war, violence and is where Nato’s family became refugees. “I feel compassion for my people, I know their pain and suffering,” he says. “We still have a vision of hope. I work to confirm this hope in them and realize our vision with our faith in God.”

Mercy at work. These lived stories make various aspects of life in developing countries come alive.  These are the people whose lives you touch by your prayers and sacrifices in support of missionary efforts. Your support to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith/Society of St. Peter the Apostle brings concrete help and builds sustaining hope.  While the cost of training is yearly $700 whatever amount you can sacrifice will be treasured. They will be remembering you in prayer and you will be connected to their Mercy at work.    God bless you and yours!                                     

Gratefully in the Lord Jesus,
Sister Mary Ellen Brett, SSJ
Diocesan Director

A Love for Brotherhood and Teaching

Below is an outtake from the monthly periodical by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart called
“A New Heart for a New World” in March of this year.

By Brother Warren Perrotto, MSC.

As a MSC Brother for 49 years and teacher for over 30 years, my goal in life is to be the Heart of God in the world and accompany the students in both happy and sad moments, including cheering in their victories as well as becoming a Simon of Cyrene to help them carry their heavy burdens and cresses.  Like the “meek and humble heart” of Jesus, I strive to make their yoke and burden easier so that Christ may increase in their lives.

This impact comes across clearly from the many former students I have on Facebook and the comments written in my yearbooks as well as the personal notes. I enjoy staying connected with my students offering our MSC spirituality and charism through theological concerns and social issues.

I am especially grateful for the wonderful experiences teaching English in Colombia, South America for the past several months.  I am having a great time getting to know my students in the classroom, as well as during field trips or during the many extra-curricular activities they invite me to.  Other than teaching English, I have also taught various theological, business and Spanish course as well as MSC Lay formation.

Working with Life’s Healing Journey, writing articles for the JPIC (Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation) E-publication, and staying connected with our alumni also has helped place an impact on people’s lives to make know the vocation of the MSC Brother and the love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

When asked about Brother Warren, Sister Cecelia Marie Hermann stated that Brother Warren is a former member of the Faculty of the Immaculate Heart Central High School (IHC) in Watertown, NY.   Sister Cecelia, current Vice Principal at IHC, shared some memories of Brother Warren’s time at IHC.

“Brother Warren was already teaching at IHC in Watertown when I arrived there.  He was a teacher of both Religion and Psychology.   I have several memories of Brother Warren.  First and foremost, he loved his vocation as a Missionary of the Sacred Heart Religious brother.  He was always very happy to remind us each year of the anniversary of his Religious vows on Saint Joseph’s Day.”

“Brother loved his students.  He was present at many of the student activities such as ball games, dances, variety shows to name a few.  We had great fun writing the scripts of the variety shows and practicing with the students.”

“Brother Warren was very helpful to me when I came to IHC on many occasions.  I was pleased to see Brother honored by his Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Community this year. On a personal note, I was happy to read about Brother Warren.  It’s a joy to read about his enthusiasm for his missionary endeavors whether he’s serving in our country or in the developing lands. “

Please remember the Society for the Propagation when writing or updating your will.
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