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Supporting the missions, the Diocese of Latakia

By Bishop Terry R. LaValley

July 19, 2023

Dear Friends in Christ,
Missionary zeal has always been a telling sign of the vitality of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Ogdensburg.  The annual collection for the Missionary Projects of the Diocese of Ogdensburg (MPDO) offers us the opportunity to further our own zeal in supporting the ministry of our missionaries who faithfully serve in often forgotten places in our world.

The parishioners of Saint Lawrence and Jefferson-Lewis Deaneries will be given an opportunity to support our missionaries during the weekend Masses of July 29 and 30.  This year, our focus continues to be the Diocese of Latakia in Syria where our twinning initiative continues.

Located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Latakia is home to the oldest Christian settlements on earth.  Our “Solidarity in Faith” endeavor will provide concrete ways for the faithful of our diocese to learn about Latakia while supporting their relief programs.  Due to a large influx of refugees, relief efforts have had to expand, increasing the need for donations. 

Your sacrifices will help fund their marriage preparation and faith formation programs and help assist with humanitarian efforts and rebuilding after the devastating earthquake earlier this year. 

The MPDO collection will also continue to be used to provide financial support of our former mission Saint Martin de Porres, in Mollendo, Peru, support the United States Bishops’ annual Latin American appeal and assist with other missionary projects throughout the world, such as Ukraine, as part of our evangelization efforts. 

The money raised in the MPDO collection contributed to a $25,000 donation to Latakia, Syria and a $10,000 donation to Ukraine in 2021, and a $5,000 donation to Latakia, Syria in 2022. 

I am very grateful for your gift to this year’s MPDO collection. God bless you for your generous support of the Church’s missionary efforts.
Faithfully yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley
Bishop of Ogdensburg


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