Congratulations to all the priests, deacons and faithful of the diocese of Ogdensburg, New York. The Holy Father today announced that Msgr. Terry LaValley, a priest of the diocese, is the new bishop-elect. He will be ordained April 30th and installed as the fourteenth bishop of the northernmost diocese in the State of New York.
To my friend, Deacon Mark Bennett of St. Peter’s parish in Plattsburgh, and to a former classmate Fr. Joe Morgan, I extend my congratulations, as I know you have been waiting for quite some time for a new shepherd.
I spent a little time in the Ogdensburgh diocese a couple of years ago when my sister and her family lived in Plattsburgh. Since then I have kept track – a little bit – of what is going on there.
May bishop-elect LaValley be everything you have been praying for — for so many months!