Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York



Hello, my name is Maureen Pierce. I am a senior in high school and I attend St. Raphael's Parish in Heuvelton. This is my third year on diocesan youth council. I enjoy riding horses, singing, running, and my favorite prayer is the Divine Mercy Chaplet.




Hi, my name is Meaghan Pierce. I'm from St. Raphael's in Heuvelton. I love reading, skiing, and making music on my violin. My favorite saint is St. Margaret of Scotland because she loved books and the Eucharist, and so do I!




My name is Konrad Wojcikowski. I am 17 and a junior at Carthage High School. I consider myself to be a music geek, I'm part of many of the music programs at Carthage, I'm a member of the Trillium Orchestra in Watertown, and I sing with the Saint James Choir. In the fall I play football and during the winter I perform in the production at Carthage. I joined DYC this year after hearing about it from Maria Buskey. I love being able to meet people from around the diocese and be able to be part of all of the activities that the diocese has to offer.


 Maria Therese

 Maria Therese

Hi, my name is Maria Buskey. I'm 17 years old, and a senior in high school, though I attend college full time in lieu of a traditional high school experience. I love the unique opportunities this provides me, and consider myself very driven and motivated. 

I'm a big people person, and I love to connect with others in lots of different ways. Recently I've had the opportunity to share my testimony with others in the capacity of youth groups and small groups, which has been an awesome experience that I hope continues. I attend church at St. James in Carthage, but I split my time between their and the Watertown Parishes, where my family is very involved in ministry. My faith is absolutely everything to me, and I believe that DYC is a great way to share that with other young people. 


Alex Pinkerton

Alexandra Pinkerton

Hi, my name is Alexandra Pinkerton and I’m a junior at Ogdensburg Free Academy and I attend Saint Mary’s Cathedral. I love being outdoors and I also participate in Track and Field and my school’s music program. I look forward to working with my fellow DYC members this year and I’m very excited to help make a difference in the Diocese of Ogdensburg!



The Diocese of Ogdensburg Diocesan Youth Council (DYC) is a group comprised of members in grades 10-12 who live in the Diocese of Ogdensburg.  Each member serves on DYC for a one-year term (members are able to re-apply annually to serve for up to three total terms). 

The purpose of Diocesan Youth Council is twofold:

1. Members will grow in spiritual development and leadership skills so they may take a more active role in their local parishes, particularly in youth ministry efforts on the local level.

2. Members will help plan and facilitate diocesan-sponsored events (youth rally, Lenten retreat days) and help promote diocesan-sponsored events (youth rallies, Camp Guggenheim, March for Life, regional events, Catholic Heart Work Camp,   etc.)

Diocesan Youth Council is an opportunity to grow in leadership, build friendships, and have fun.  It is also a significant responsibility, requiring maturity and commitment.  Applying to DYC should be taken seriously and with prayerful consideration.


Members must be in grades 10-12.

Members must demonstrate active involvement in the Church at the parish level.

Members must demonstrate leadership skills, integrity, motivation, and a love for the Lord.

Members must attend:

  • Retreat May 25 - May 26
  • One Lenten Retreat Day
  • Youth Rally
  • A minimum of 7 other meetings: September in person, October in person, November via video conference, December via video conference, January via video conference, February via video conference,  March via video conference, April  via video conference, May retreat (specific dates and times will be determined by a DYC vote prior to the meeting).