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Gratitude

Mission Column February 10, 2021

We at the Pontifical Mission Societies would like to thank the parishioners of the Diocese of Ogdensburg for your continued financial and prayerful support.  This past year has been a trying time for many of us, and we are especially grateful to all of you during these difficult times.  Every little bit has gone a long way towards helping those in need all over the world.  Below are excerpts from some of the stories and letters we have received from organizations describing the impact your generosity has had on the local communities.  We hope that they find their way into your hearts as they did ours.  

“Half of the money will be going to a struggling priest in Papua New Guinea who has to scrape together funds in order to purchase food and gasoline for his boat that he uses to get to his island parishes.  You and your benefactors will surely be remembered in his prayers and masses.  The other half of the money will go to our thriving but poor Indian MSC Union Members.  They are trying to avoid contracting the coronavirus, which is rampant in their part of India… Since their ministry is now so limited, this money will help augment their lost income.”  -Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Fr. Richard Kennedy, MSC. 

“It is because of kind and caring people like you that we are able to continue to try and make a difference in the lives of the disadvantaged, especially the sick, poor children in Nicaragua and other areas of great need.”  -North Country Mission of Hope- Sister Debbie Blow, O.P. 

“Our Maryknoll priests and Brothers are indebted to our people at home for the generous support we receive to carry out mission efforts oversees, under the direction of the local indigenous dioceses.”  -Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Rev. Alfonso Kim, M.M.  

“Through grants and generous donors, the Mission employs two 2 local Nicaraguan doctors to provide services in general and pediatric care, women’s health, and mental health in two locations serving a community of 20,000+ people, spreading hope through providing visits and our donated medicine as necessary.”  -North Country Mission of Hope