Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg

Vocation Society

What is D.O.V.S.?

The Diocese of Ogdensburg Vocations Society is a group of faithful Catholics with the intention of promoting and supporting vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate, and consecrated religious life throughout the North Country.

What Do They Do?

The Annual Pilgrimage for Vocations:​ 

Sometimes we travel to Canada, other times we stay in the States.  Some years, we do an overnight or two, other years it is simply a day trip.  But it is always to a holy shrine with the expressed purpose of praying for Vocations. 

Production of Vocations Materials:

Holy cards to be used in the parishes, Vocations books for the Catholic Schools, and advertisements in the North Country Catholic are funded by D.O.V.S. 

Personal Support:

Understanding that no Vocation is lived in a vacuum, D.O.V.S. supports vocations by sending cards, hosting meals, and gifting Christmas care packages.

How Do I Join?

Most months, D.O.V.S. meet the third Wednesday in Norfolk at the parish center at 11:30. All are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend meetings because of work or distance, you can share the mission by becoming a Patron Member. Contact D.O.V.S. President Connie Randall for more information at 315-265-2762.

D.O.V.S. - O​fficers

DOVS meeting at St. Mary’s Social Hall, Massena      

The DOVS recently visited the Motherhouse for a meeting, lunch, tour of the Motherhouse followed by a Holy Hour. 

Pilgrimage to St. Patrick’s Church, Mother Cabrini Shrine, Peru, NY    

The Vocation Rosary was prayed at the shrine and time for prayer at St. Patrick’s Church, Oratory.  The pilgrims went to St. Augustine’s Church, Peru for a Holy Hour and Benediction followed by Mass with Fr. Chris Carrara, Director of Vocations as the celebrate, Fr. Scott Seymour,  pastor, The Roman Catholic Community of St. Alexander and St. Joseph with parishes at Cadyville and Peru and pastoral vicar, Fr. Leagon Carlin and Deacon Thomas Proulx, St. Peter’s Parish, Massena.  

Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, Clayton, New York    

Celebrants for the Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Clayton Father Christopher Carrara, Director of Vocations, Father John Downs, the DOVS Chaplain, Father Arthur LaBaff, Sacramental Minister, St. Mary’s Clayton