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May 23, 2018

Father Normand C. Coté, ordained in 1958 is one of six priests celebrating special jubilees in 2018.Cote

Ordained on May 31, 1958 by Bishop James. J. Navagh, he is celebrating 60 years of service to the priesthood.
Other jubilarians are Missionary of the Sacred Heart Father Pierre Aubin, 60 years; Fathers Douglas A. Decker, Alan J. Lamica and Alan D. Shnob, 40 years and Father Timothy Canaan, 25 years.

Father Coté retired as pastor of St. John’s Church in Plattsburgh in 2003 and currently resides there.

Father Coté was born Aug. 18, 1928 in St. John, Quebec. His family moved to the United States a year later.
After attending Our Lady of Victory Academy in Plattsburgh and at St. Edmund’s Junior Seminary in Winooski, Vermont, he studied philosophy at College Bourget and theology at the Grand Seminary in Montreal.

Father Coté was ordained along with five others by Bishop Navagh at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Bishop Navagh’s first ordination in the diocese.

He celebrated his first Mass at Our Lady of Victory Church, Plattsburgh, on June 1 of 1958.

Between 1958 and 1964, Father Coté served as assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church, Clayton; St. Augustine’s Church Peru; St. Bernard’s Church, Lyon Mountain; in Malone, Watertown and Keeseville. He was named pastor of St. John’s Church in Lafargeville in 1969, and in 1972, pastor of St. Therese Church, Newcomb. In 1980 he was named pastor of St. Joseph’s Church, Coopersville, and served as special parochial vicar in Champlain from 1985-86.

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