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July 17, 2019

The selection of Fr. Doug Lucia as the next Bishop of Syracuse by Pope Francis is a great blessing for Syracuse and an honor for the Diocese of Ogdensburg. Bishop Terry R. LaValley is pleased to announce the following assignments in light of the Bishop-Elect’s departure.

All assignments are effective August 1.

Msgr. Robert H. Aucoin, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Evans Mills and St. Paul’s Church in Black River is appointed Pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Waddington and St. John the Baptist Church in Madrid.
Msgr. Aucoin will remain Episcopal Vicar for Education and the New Evangelization.

Father Vicente F. Jazmines, currently Chaplain at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg, is appointed Pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Evans Mills and of St. Paul’s Church in Black River.

Father Garry B. Giroux is appointed Judicial Vicar of the Diocese. He remains Pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Brasher Falls, Visitation and St. Raymond in Norfolk and St. Andrew’s Church in Norwood.

Father Christopher C. Carrara is appointed Director of Vocations and Director of Seminarians. He continues his responsibilities as Vicar under the new title, Vicar for Clergy. Fr. Carrara remains Pastor of the Roman Catholic Community of Morristown, Hammond and Rossie.

Deacon Kevin T. Mastellon is appointed Director of Permanent Deacons. Deacon Mastellon remains Deacon Assistant at St. Patrick’s and St. Anthony’s Churches in Watertown. Deacon Mastellon can be reached at his new diocesan email: kmastellon@rcdony.org

Dr. William Amoriell and Father James W. Seymour are appointed Chair and Vice Chair of the Living Stones Planning Committee.

Msgr. Robert Aucoin
AucoinPrior to his current assignment in Evans Mills and Black River, Msgr. Aucoin served as pastor of St. Anthony’s and St. Patrick’s in Watertown. He has previously served as pastor in Potsdam and Colton, Madrid, and Alexandria Bay and Redwood. He also served as an administrator in Lake Placid and Norwood, chaplain at Fort Drum, rector at St. Mary’s Cathedral, and parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Watertown.

Msgr. Aucoin has also served as a teacher at Immaculate Heart Central, principal of Seton Catholic School and Immaculate Heart Central, president of Mater Dei College and co-rector of Wadhams Hall Seminary College.
In addition, Msgr. Aucoin has filled a number of diocesan roles, including chancellor, episcopal vicar for Diocesan Services and director of the Family Life Department.

A Massachusetts native, Msgr. Aucoin 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


Father Vicente Jazmines
JazminesFather Jazmines was ordained Dec. 8, 1979 in the Philippines. Father Jazmines became business administrator at Wadhams Hall Seminary in 1991 and was incardinated into the Diocese of Ogdensburg on May 1, 1992.
Father Jazmines served as administrator at St. Patrick’s in Hogansburg, St. Patrick’s in Brasher Falls, St. Augustine’s in Peru and then as parochial vicar at St. Paul’s in Black River. He then served as administrator in Malone, Owls Head and Titusville before assuming that role at St. James in Gouverneur. He became pastor of that church in 1996, also serving as chaplain at Gouverneur Correctional Facility.

In 1999, Father Vincente was named administrator of St. Augustine’s in Peru, becoming pastor of that church in 2000.

He served as pastor at St. Michael’s Church in Standish and St. Bernard’s in Lyon Mountain in 2005.


Father Garry Giroux
A native of Massena, he received a bachelor’s degree from Wadhams Hall Seminary-College and a master of divinity degree from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, N.Y., before his ordination May 1, 1976 by Bishop Stanislaus J. Brzana.

Father Giroux later earned a master’s degree in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame and a JCL degree in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America.

He has served as assistant pastor in Malone and Tupper Lake, and pastor in Louisville, Constable, Westville and Potsdam.


Father Christopher Carrara
CarraraBorn in Brooklyn, he attended Paul Smith’s College and Dowling College before studying for the priesthood at Wadhams Hall Seminary and Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, New York.

He was ordained May 14, 1994 at St. Mary’s Cathedral by Bishop Paul S. Loverde.

After ordination, he served as parochial vicar at Holy Family in Watertown, St. Bernard’s in Saranac Lake, St. Henry’s in Natural Bridge, St. Rita’s in Deferiet and St. James Minor in Carthage; and pastor at Holy Name in Tupper Lake, St. John the Evangelist in Lafargeville and St. Mary’s in Clayton. He then served as administrator at St. Mary’s in Glenfield, St. Peter’s in Lowville and St. Hedwig’s in Houseville for a year before becoming pastor of those parishes in 2010. He remained in that role until 2017.


Deacon Kevin Mastellon
Deacon Mastellon was ordained a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Ogdensburg in 2003. He has been assigned to St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown for 15 years and from 2007 to 2017 was the parish Pastoral Associate. He currently teaches Homiletics in the Diocesan Formation Program for Permanent Deacons and presents workshops and lectures in parishes for Lectors.

Deacon Mastellon was raised in Cambria Heights, NY in Queens County. He attended parochial grammar and high schools in Queens and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Potsdam College in 1970. His post graduate studies have been at Notre Dame University, SUNY Oswego and Pontifical College Josephinum.

Deacon Mastellon is a member of the Bishop’s Council of Deacons and is the immediate Past-President of the Society of St. Lawrence, an organization of the Permanent Deacons in the Diocese of Ogdensburg. He currently serves on the Diocesan Finance Council and has served on a special Task Force studying Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership in the Diocese, on the Census Committee of the Diocesan Envisioning process and the advisory group to the Bishop for the recent Capital Campaign.

Most of his professional career was in broadcasting. Deacon Mastellon retired as General Manager of WWNY-TV7 in Watertown after 30 years as a broadcast journalist and manager

Kathy, his wife, is a Commissioned Lay Minister at St. Patrick’s and founder of the parish Elizabeth Ministry Chapter. They have been married for 48 years. Their daughter Patricia Aumell is the Director of Music Ministry at St. Patrick’s and is the artistic director of Stage Notes, a theatrical company for aspiring high school performers. The Mastellons hve three grandsons.

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