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Sept. 15, 2021

By Darcy Fargo

OGDENSBURG – Though she’ll be serving the diocese in a new capacity as Vocations coordinator, Sister Mary Eamon Lyng, a Sister of St. Joseph, says returning to a diocesan role and an office at the chancery is “like coming home.”

“I first came to the diocesan office in 2000,” she said. “I worked in the Department of Education for six years, and then I worked in the Office of Evangelization for six years. (Office of New Evangelization Director) Marika (Donders) was so kind to take my place when I was assigned to Watertown in 2012. (The diocesan offices) have always been the best place to work, no question about it. It’s a place where everyone’s vocation and ministry is always focused on the mission of the Church. Everyone works together well for the needs of the diocese and the mission of the diocese. Vocations is one of the diocesan priorities.”

As Vocations coordinator, Sister M. Eamon “is responsible for assisting parishes with the implementation of the We Are Called Vocation Plan, and with the overall administration and coordination of fostering vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life throughout the diocese.”

In the role, Sister M. Eamon will promote vocations with Catholic schools and faith formation programs, serve as a liaison to the Diocese of Ogdensburg Vocations Society (DOVS), help develop workshops for the deacon formation program, coordinate Vocations events and programs, collaborate with regional Vocations directors, serve as a point of contact for individuals who are discerning vocations, chair the Diocesan Vocations Committee and provide other support for the Vocations Office.

“At the outset, I’m looking forward to just being able to talk about and look at vocations with the focus of Church and mission,” she said. “As a Church, our mission is about teaching, evangelization and mission – sanctifying and being Christ for the mission. Our baptismal call – as well as our spirituality as Catholic Christians – is about understanding that our love affair with our God and God’s love affair with us is the most important thing on this earth. Because of the baptismal call to holiness, we all have the call to a love affair and relationship with God, and to know and understand his love relationship with us. Out of that, I’ll be able to look at and talk with (current Vocations Coordinator) Cathy (Russell) about some of the priorities concerning vocations and the life of the church. We’ll be looking at all aspects vocation – priesthood, those preparing for priesthood, our seminarians, our sisters, especially those ministering in dioceses, our deacons and deacon formation, and consecrated life. And we have many people out there in single life called to holiness, and certainly there are aspect that get into family life and the married vocation.”

Sister M. Eamon said she looks forward to collaborating with other diocesan departments in her new role.

“While there are different parts of the diocesan office that take care of youth ministry, family life and married life, it all comes together,” she said. “When somebody talks about their own vocation, it’s typically built as a result of a good, solid family life, a family life centered in faith, in which faith is a lived experience. Families who pray and nurture their relationships with Jesus, who celebrate the sacraments and family life together and recognize the call to a deeper relationship with Jesus, especially in the life of the Church, are so needed.”

She also looks forward to continuing her involvement in deacon formation.

“One of the greatest treasures and gifts is that I’ve been privileged to be a part of deacon formation,” Sister M. Eamon said. “I’ve been able to teach the deacon candidates being prepared for ordination since 2000. It’s been a privilege to see these men formed by so many in the diocese go out and serve their own parishes.”

Sister M. Eamon will begin her new role on Oct. 15.



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