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July 18, 2018

By Darcy Fargo
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Bishop Terry R. LaValley recently announced that effective August 22, Msgr. Robert H. Aucoin and Father Christopher J. Looby will trade parish assignments, with Msgr. Aucoin becoming pastor of St. Mary’s in Evans Mills, along with the mission churches at St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia and St. Teresa’s in Theresa, and Father Looby assuming the role of Pastor at St. Anthony’s and St. Patrick’s in Watertown.

Msgr. Aucoin will remain episcopal vicar for education and new evangelization. He has been pastor at St. Anthony’s and St. Patrick’s since 2015.

“I am looking forward to joining the people of St. Mary’s, St. Joseph’s, and St. Teresa’s,” Msgr. Aucoin said. “A new assignment always means a new opportunity to spread the Good News of the Gospel. That is what I hope to do over the next few years.”

A Massachusetts native, Msgr. Aucoin was born April 21, 1944. He studied for the priesthood at St. Joseph’s Apostolic School in Watertown with the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. He completed his novitiate with the religious order in Canada and attended Laval University in Canada and Gregorian University in Rome.

Msgr. Aucoin was ordained March 14, 1970 as a Missionary of the Sacred Heart in Rome. In 1973, he was incardinated as a priest of the Diocese of Ogdensburg. He later earned a Masters in Education from Ottawa University and has completed Ph. D. course work in theology at St. Paul University, Ottawa.

He also holds a New York State Permanent Certificate in School Administration and in School District Administration, as well as one in guidance and teaching.

Father Looby has been administrator at St. Mary’s in Evans Mills, with the missions in Philadelphia and Theresa, since 2015.

Born July 26, 1970, he grew up in Harrisville and studied for the priesthood at Wadhams Hall and St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.

Father Looby was ordained May 12, 2001, by Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito.

“As an Irishman who loves Italian food I am so excited to be able to minister at St. Patrick's and St. Anthony's and to share my love for God with the people of Watertown,” Father Looby said.


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