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Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Pontifical Mission Societies of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, Inc.

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The Lenten Appeal is currently ongoing .  Thank you for your support!  Click the button below to donate.

Pontifical Mission Societies - our history and why you should give ...

Early in the 19th century, a young French girl, Pauline Jaricot, inspired by letters about the Missions from her brother, started gatherings of co- workers in her family’s silk factory. The group prayed daily and offered a weekly of penny to help the Church’s worldwide Missionary work. Pauline insisted that her efforts be directed to all the Church’s Missions.

From Pauline’s efforts came the Society for the Propagation of the Faith  , now  of the Pontifical Mission Societies . The very first collection in 1822 supported mission diocese in the United States who continued to receive funds until 1908, when we became mission independent. 

Today, the Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith  continues to seek prayer and sacrifice for the world’s Missions, now some 1,111 dioceses in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands and remote regions of Latin America. Help is offered for pastoral and evangelizing programs, for catechists and their work, to build churches and chapels, for the work of Religious Communities in health care and education, and for communication and transportation needs.  Today, Pauline’s legacy and her quest continues to “love without measure…without end.”

Mission Office Board of Trustees

The Pontifical Mission Societies of the
Diocese of Ogdensburg
Board Of Directors
2023-2024 Board Members  

Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley, Bishop of Ogdensburg
Rev. Kevin O’Brien, Moderator of the Curia
Rev. Joseph Morgan, Vicar General
Deacon James Crowley, Chancellor
Sister Mary Ellen Brett, SSJ, Diocesan Director of the Mission Office
Reverend Daniel Chapin
Mrs. Valerie Mathews
Sister Jaquiline Sellappan

World Mission Sunday October 22, 2023

World Mission Sunday, our annual worldwide Eucharistic celebration for the Missions and missionaries of the world, will be celebrated on October 22, 2023. This collection on the next-to-last Sunday in October is a unique, global effort for the entire Church to provide for the building up of over one thousand local churches in Asia and Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe. 

Here I Am, Send Me!

Today, on World Mission Sunday, we respond, “Here I Am, Send Me,” to our baptismal call to mission, and we offer Eucharistic celebration, our prayers and our generous financial support.  We are “sent” out to witness to mission in the world through our prayers and sacrifices for our brothers and sisters around the world. As little as… 

-  $25 helps support a catechist for a month in remote Latin America
-  $75 provides for the work of religious Sisters caring for orphaned children in Africa 
-  $100 assists families in sending their children to schools in Asia

How can I help?  You can donate and you can pray the World Mission Rosary?  

Our Annual Mission Donor Appeals

Christmas Appeal

●    Mail based appeal to our donors each December.  

● Generous help to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith / Missionary Childhood Association, the children are fed and clothed, receive counseling, medical care and an education. Most importantly, they find listening hearts, loving care – and hope.

Lenten Appeal

●     Mail based appeal to our donors each year at the onset of Lent. 

● Support lay missionary catechist for two months. A gift of can be a month’s worth of help for family in need. Maybe a gift to help Sisters that can protect children throughout the Missions, offering them an education and loving witness.

Undesignated Gifts and Perpetual Memberships

● Undesignated gifts: Donors have the option to mail in donations at their convenience. No amount is too small, and you can choose when your donation schedule. 

●   For only $50, you can donate a Perpetual Mass whereby 15,000 Masses are offered every year in the Mission Lands, a beautiful gift to honor the eternal rest of a loved one.   

To be added to our mailing list, please call 315-393-2920 for the Mission Office 
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