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Sept. 15, 2021

By Valerie Mathews
Director of Bishop’s Fund Appeal

From generation to generation, the ministries and programs of the Bishop’s Fund Appeal have touched the lives of our faith family here in the North Country. As our faith journey intersects with one another’s journeys, we have helped our brothers and sisters in Christ foster real relationships with Jesus. We are all connected. We are a Family of Faith in Action.

There is a resilient energy among our family, as three new priests were ordained this past summer, 20 lay ministers were commissioned, nine seminarians have resumed their studies, 13 new deacons will be ordained in October, children have returned to Catholic Schools, and youth across the diocese have participated in online rallies and retreats and attended day events at Camp Guggenheim.

The pandemic may have caused a brief pause in how we approach our ministries but our strong commitment to our faith has kept us a Family of Faith in Action.

We continue to minister to our North Country neighbors through the following ministries and programs which are supported by your gifts to the Appeal: Education of Seminarians, Family Life Office, Natural Family Planning Office, Respect Life Ministry, Bishop’s Good Samaritan Fund, Formation for Ministry Program, Office of the New Evangelization, Continuing Education and Formation of Priests, Priests’ Graduate Studies, Vocation Office, Permanent Deacons, Deacon Formation, Tuition Assistance Program, Campus Ministry Program, Matching Gifts to Catholic Schools, Department of Faith Formation, Diocesan Center of Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, Guggenheim Center and Department of Worship.

It is through your support that these vital ministries continue from year to year.

The 2021 Bishop’s Fund Appeal will begin in all parishes across the diocese the weekend of September 18 & 19. It is our hope to reach a goal of $1.3M. Any additional funds raised will further assist families and individuals in need through the Bishop’s Good Samaritan Fund.

Please prayerfully consider a gift to this year’s Bishop’s Fund Appeal. Every gift makes a difference in the lives of those we serve throughout the diocese.

Donations can be mailed to: The Bishop’s Fund Appeal, PO Box 150, Ogdensburg, NY 13669 or made online at: https://www.rcdony.org/bfa.html#donate.

To learn more about the Appeal and to view the 2021 Bishop’s Fund video, please visit our website at www.rcdony.org/bfa.

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