Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg

young adult ministry

The Office for Young  Adult Ministry, ministering to those in their 20s and 30s,  serves as a resource to Young Adult Groups around the diocese and to assist parishes reaching out to young adults.  If you are a young adult, please also join our Facebook Group for dialogue with other young adults as well as to keep informed of events and opportunities for impromptu gatherings. 
The Office also plans an annual Young Adult Retreat.  This year's retreat will take place September 11-13 at Guggenheim Lodge.  Save the Date.  
The Office also co-sponsors the Young Adult/Campus Ministry pilgrimage to the DC March for Life in January (see Campus Ministry).
If you are a Young Adult in College, please see the Campus Ministry page for more information pertaining specifically to college students at various campuses in the Diocese. 
The Office of Young Adults also organizes our Diocesan Participation in World Youth Day.  The next World Youth Day will take place in 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal.


Frassati Fellowship, Potsdam, NY 
The mission of Frassati Fellowship is to provide group young adult Catholics who seek to grow in faith, community, and understanding of our Catholic faith through monthly gatherings, pilgrimages, and community service. We welcome anyone from around the Diocese of Ogdensburg and beyond! Together, we are students, professionals, married, and single. We are all brought together to share in our Catholic faith, but all are welcome regardless of faith background or lack thereof.  
Our monthly meetings consist of prayer, scripture readings, and discussion as well as well as presentations by local Catholics. The group gathers for adoration at Saint Mary's in Potsdam and later proceeds to the rectory and Newman House to join together in fellowship. 
Our patron for this organization is Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, a man of selflessness who had a great love for serving Christ and His Church. As a group we seek to join together and imitate Bless Pier Giorgio's joyful holiness in a modern world that is often lacking in joy or holiness. 
To join the group and be added to the email, please email Conner Cummings at Also be sure to check out the Frassati Fellowship Facebook page.
Luciana Frassati / Public domain 
Watertown Area Young Adults, Watertown, NY 
The Young Adult Group of Watertown is a group for adults ages 18-35, married and single, seeking Catholic community and fellowship. The group is united by a love of the Eucharist. The group meets each Tuesday at 7PM in the Greystone Building (122 Winthrop St) and on the 3rd Thursday of each month to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet followed by dinner in Msgr. Sechi Hall at St. Anthony's (850 Arsenal St). In the future the group plans to make short one-day pilgrimages and work together in the community.  The group welcomes those from Fort Drum and the surrounding areas to join us as we strive for sainthood. 
Due to COVID-19 we have moved  online to weekly Skype meetings. For more information, to be added to the Skype calls, or to be notified once we resume in-person meetings contact Sarah at  
Northern New York Catholic Fellowship,  Malone Area 
The Northern New York Catholic Fellowship meets somewhat regularly at Chasm Falls.  It is organized by way of Facebook Messenger.  Gatherings generally consist of Adoration and/or Vespers, a Potluck meal and discussion.  The groups also gets together for occasional game nights, or just to socialize. To connect and be added to the Facebook Messenger group, contact Nate Pultorak at  
Carthage Area Young Adults: Coming soon.


The Office of Young Adult Ministry organizes an annual Young Adult Retreat each year.  This year we have reserved the Guggenheim Lodge from September 11-13. 
This retreat is generally planned as a relaxed opportunity for prayer, discussion and simply spending time with other Young Adults from around the diocese.  
If you are a young adult and are interested in helping plan the weekend, contact Marika Donders at


World Youth Day in Lisbon has been postponed for a year until August of 2023 because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.  If there is enough interest, we will organize a group from our diocese. If you will be at least 18 in July/August 2023 and are interested in participating in WYD Lisbon, email                                      and we will keep you UPDATED

The WYD Logo and Theme 

The theme chosen by Pope Francis for the 2023 World Youth Day is Mary arose and went with haste (Lk. 1:39). Mary is an example for us to be missionary in outlook.  Pope Francis prays that we will have the same attitude as Mary: “may young people’s evangelization be active and missionary, for this is how they will recognize and witness the presence of the living Christ.”  

The Logo, in the colors of the Portuguese flag, shows us the path where the Holy Spirit arises, and Mary as well as the rosary all in the main element of the Cross. Learn more about the Logo here:


Marika Donders
Director for Young Adult Ministry
622 Washington Street
PO Box 369Ogdensburg, NY 13669
Phone: (315)393-2920 ext 1380