Bishop LaValley Hints 5-Year Vision Shouldn't Come As Surprise

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Ogdensburg Bishop Terry LaValley says while everyone wanted to have full classrooms and keep the doors to St. Marguerite D'Youville Academy open it wasn't financially possible.

"It's very painful," said LaValley.

During an interview Friday with 7 News on his vision for the Diocese of Ogdensburg, Bishop LaValley reflected on the decision to close the Catholic school in June.

"The numbers just weren't there," said LaValley.

For the past 13 months, the bishop and other religious teams throughout the sprawling diocese have been working to develop a five year vision with priorities and goals for each parish.

While the bishop wouldn't tell us what the specific goals would be before he delivers the details at a Chrism Mass next week, he hinted they shouldn't come as a surprise.

"What can we do to encourage more vocations to the religious life," said LaValley.
 
Bishop LaValley says the result is a new moment in the life of the Catholic Church, leaving behind what he described as "the church of pray, pay and obey."
                                     
The vision for the diocese and its parishes will be unveiled April 9 during an 11 a.m. Chrism Mass at Ogdensburg's St. Mary's Cathedral.

Monday, July 28, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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