Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg


Do you hear the Lord calling out to you to serve His Church? Do you wonder if God has something more planned for your life? 

The Office of Vocations is here to help you hear the Lord’s call – and to respond with a generous heart. So, put out into the deep, and get ready for an amazing new life.

Diocese Rejoices in Ordination 

Three men are ordained as priests for the Diocese of Ogdensburg on May 29, 2021 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. 

They are: Father John Ojuok, Father Matthew Conger, and Father Fernando Solomon.

Father Ojuok, Father Solomon and Father Conger are pictured  with Bishop LaValley after their ordination

Bishop LaValley presents the chalice and paten to Father Solomon.

Priests present praying over the newly ordained priests.

Fr. Christopher Carrara, Director of Vocations and Seminarians, shares the sign of fraternity with Father Solomon.

Bishop LaValley anoints the hands of Father John Ojuok  

Priests present joining the three newly ordained with Bishop LaValley in concelebrating Mass.

Father Matthew Conger giving his parents his first blessing.

Father Ojuok giving a blessing to the parents of seminarian Leagon Carlin.

Father Carrara, diocesan Director of  Vocations and Catherine Russell, vocations coordinator meet with principal Dan Charlebois at IHC in Watertown. The trio discussed ways the vocations office can assist IHC in helping to form their students in discipleship. Both Father Carrara and Mr. Charlebois are new to these leadership positions.

Visit to Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg Maryland

Reverend Christopher C. Carrara, Most Reverend Terry R.  LaValley, Bishop of Ogdensburg and Reverend Monsignor Andrew R. Barker, S.T.D., Seminary Rector

The Vocations Office assisted in developing a panel discussion on vocations for the confirmation students of St. Mary’s in Brushton and St. Augustine’s in North Bangor. Under the director of pastor Father Ray Moreau and teacher Jane Boyea, the students studied the baptismal call to holiness and mission and the importance of knowing what God is calling them to be. The panel discussion was a wonderful opportunity for students to ask questions about those living in each state of life. 

Pictured are: Father Scott Belina, Lori and Aaron Poupore (married couple), Sister Mary Gregory (consecrated life) and Donna Hanus (single life).


Reverend Christopher Carrara

Diocesan Director of Vocations and Seminarians
Tel: 315-393-2920 
Ext. 1340

Catherine Russell

Diocesan Vocations Coordinator
Tel: 315-393-2920 
Ext. 1450

Jessica Hargrave

Secretary, Office of Vocations 
315-393-2920 Ext: 1451