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Sept. 14, 2022

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg was founded one hundred and fifty years ago. As we celebrate this spiritual milestone, we remember those who came before us who sowed the seeds of faith and built the foundation upon which this local Church stands today. We renew our commitment to Christ and the mission He gave the Church to proclaim the Gospel and to live the Beatitudes.  We rejoice in the many gifts and blessings which come from the Lord.  Yes, we remember, we renew, and we rejoice as Church here in the North Country.

Although the world has changed so much, our mission has remained constant. We strive to reach out to the lost, rejected and forgotten, to educate and bring Christ to the people of the North Country with the help of the annual Bishop’s Fund--150 Years:  Together in Faith.

Each year, your support of the Bishop’s Fund Appeal allows us to carry out our mission by:

· Educating our future priests, deacons, and lay ministers so that they may answer God’s call to serve in parishes across our diocese.

· Providing our youth and our families with in-person and online events and summer camp at Camp Guggenheim.

· Assisting families with Tuition Assistance for their children attending Catholic Schools; and

· Giving grants to families and individuals who suffer hardships due to job loss, high medical costs, and other expenses incurred during a personal crisis.

Again, this year, we hope to reach a goal of $1.3M to support our programs and ministries.  We will tap funds raised over our goal to further assist families and individuals to meet critical needs through the Bishop’s Good Samaritan Fund.

I am very grateful for the generosity of parishioners and friends from across the diocese and beyond who support the annual Bishop’s Fund Appeal. Your contribution has a profound impact on those we serve. Thank you for your prayerful consideration of the 2022 Bishop’s Fund Appeal – 150 Years:  Together in Faith – Praise God!

With much appreciation for your faithfulness, I am

Gratefully yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley
Bishop of Ogdensburg


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