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June 29, 2022

CHAMPLAIN – On June 10, the Clinton County Legislature presented a resolution honoring the Diocese of Ogdensburg on the celebration of its 150th anniversary to Bishop Terry R. LaValley.

The presentation was made at a confirmation Mass held at St. Mary’s Church in Champlain.

The resolution, which was approved by the county Legislature on April 27.

The resolution states:
“WHEREAS, religious institutions and the many spiritual, social and educational benefits they confer, play a vital role in the development of the ethical and spiritual values of their communities; and

WHEREAS, it is the sense of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to those institutions who have contributed to the ethical and spiritual values of their comm unities; and

WHEREAS, attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-standing traditions, the Clinton County Legislature is justly proud to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Ogdensburg; and

WHEREAS, Pope Pius IX established the Diocese of Ogdensburg on February 16, 1872 and placed her under the leadership of the Right Reverend Edgar P. Wadhams, the first Bishop of Ogdensburg; and

WHEREAS , since that time, the Diocese of Ogdensburg has served Clinton County, along with the counties of Essex, Franklin, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis and Saint Lawrence, and the towns of Ohio and Webb in Hamilton County; and

WHEREAS, the Roman Pontiff has appointed thirteen successors of the Apostles to follow the Right Reverend Edgar P. Wadhams as shepherd of the Diocese of Ogdensburg and the current bishop is the Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley , a native of the town Mooers in Clinton County; and

WHEREAS, the Diocese of Ogdensurg has established itself as the lifeblood of our Catholic community through leadership and service to seventy-eight parishes, three missions, eight elementary and two high schools, a nursing home for the aged and looks forward to continuing the mission of the Church in the North Country; and

WHEREAS, on August 10, 2022, at the Cathedral of Saint Mary, the Diocese of Ogdensburg will celebrate its 150th Anniversary; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, the Clinton County Legislature pause in its deliberations and commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, fully confident that this commemoration reflects the belief in those values which enhance the dignity and purpose of life; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to the Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley of the Diocese of Ogdensburg.”

Castine introduced the presentation, highlighting the history of both the diocese and several of the parishes local to the Champlain area.

“Whether you realize it or not, you represent the future of the Church,” Castine told the confirmandi. “It’s important you know the history.”

Mark Henry, chairman of the Clinton County Legislature, presented the resolution to Bishop LaValley.

Henry attributed the strength and longevity of the diocese to “the grace of God, faithfulness of parishioners, dedication and passion of priests of the diocese, and certainly leadership, represented tonight by Bishop LaValley and from all the bishops who have led the diocese.”

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