Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York



Year of Formation: 1st Theology
Home Parish: Notre Dame, Ogdensburg
Seminary: Pontifical College Josephinum

Date of Birth: 12/26/1991

Favorite Prayer: Don Bosco's Prayer to Mary 

Favorite Hobbies: Fishing, Kayaking, Hiking, Anything Outdoors

Favorite Quote:    “To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them.” -St. Thomas Aquinas  My other favorite quote is  “Hearing nuns’ confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn.” -Servant of God Fulton J. Sheen

What advice would you give to someone who told you he/she was discerning a vocation to the priesthood/religious life?: Talk to your pastor or someone close to you.  Most importantly, pray about it and have courage the Lord will show you the way.


Year of Formation: 3rd College
Home Parish: St. Peter's, Plattsburgh
Date of Birth: July 15, 1996
Seminary: Pontifical College Josephinum

Favorite Prayers: The Litany of Humility; Hail, Holy Queen

Hobbies: Reading, Debating, Kayaking, Sailing, and Being in the Adirondacks

Favorite Quote: "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried." - G.K. Chesterton

Advice you have for someone who is thinking about a vocation to the priesthood: Think, pray, talk with friends and the Vocations Director, and read everything ever written by G.K. Chesterton. If you think you are called, even if it is a tiny thought in your mind, take the leap. It can never hurt to try seminary. It just takes courage.

NicholasOlley Year of Formation: 1st College
Home parish: St. James, Carthage
Date of Birth: February 21, 1995

Favorite Prayers: Rosary, Divine Mercy, the Mass. I also have great devotions to Mother Mary, the Holy Spirit, and St. Francis. 

Hobbies: hunting, camping, going to movies, sitting around a bonfire. 

Favorite Quote: "Love is our Mission"- Pope Francis, "Jesus, I Trust in You" - St Faustina

Advice: If you think you have "the call" pray and talk about it to people you trust. don't let others push you one way or another just let the Spirit work and follow Him. If God is calling you just listen He will put you where He wants you.

Fun Facts: My father owns a construction company and my brother owns the convenient store/gas station in my home town.  


Year of Formation: 1st College
Home parish: St. Mary’s Cathedral, Ogdensburg
Birth date is June 26th, 1989.

Favorite prayer... I had to really think about this one, but it's actually the Glory Be! AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, IS NOW AND EVER SHALL BE, WORLD WITHOUT END. AMEN. Mike drop.

Favorite hobby? Reading. 

Favorite quote? The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort... you were made for greatness. -Pope Benedict XVI-

Advice to someone discerning a vocation to priesthood or religious life? ---BE NOT AFRAID! These are the things that really made a huge difference for me. The first thing is start attending daily Mass... it's hard to change your schedule, but it's incredibly effective. The second thing is to pray the rosary daily... not just a quick run through, but really meditate on the Mysteries... try speaking about them out loud. The third thing is to speak with Christ very honestly... if you're afraid, like I was, tell Him so! Ask Him to show you His will... He'll give you courage for whatever comes next. 

Fun Fact--- Performed a selection of Victor Borge and Bill Cosby stand up for fundraisers in high school! Phonetic punctuation, anybody?

Bishop LaValley held the annual Christmas seminarian mass and luncheon recently. Pictured at the Cathedral with seminarians Leagon Carlin, Douglas Shirmer, Matthew Conger and Nicholas Olley are Fr. Tom Higman, Associate Vocation Director, Bishop LaValley and Fr. Doug Lucia, Director of Seminarians and Vocation Director. Missing from the picture was Rev. Mr. Michael Jablonski.
Photo by Betty Steele.

Seminarians with new Priest Father Jablonski

Fr. Tom Higman, Associate Vocation Director is pictured with the diocesan seminarians at the joyful occasion of Fr. Michael Jablonski’s First Mass in Altona. Father Mike is our newly ordinated priest!