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February 23, 2010

Local man named bishop of Ogdensburg

OGDENSBURG — The Diocese of Ogdensburg has a new bishop, and he’s from Clinton County.

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed the Rev. Terry LaValley, currently diocesan administrator, as the 14th bishop of the Diocese of Ogdensburg.

He will succeed the Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham, bishop of Syracuse.


LaValley, the second of six children of Doris LaValley and the late Ronald LaValley, is a native of Mooers Forks and was raised in St. Ann’s Parish.

He said he was elated Tuesday morning when he heard about the official confirmation.

“It was very, very humbling,” he said before midday Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg.

LaValley was born on March 26, 1956, and completed his primary and secondary education at Mooers Central School and at Northeastern Clinton Central School in Champlain.

He received a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of the State of New York and a certificate of studies in philosophy from Wadhams Hall Seminary-College.

Before his entrance into Wadhams Hall in January 1983, LaValley served a six-year tour of duty with the U.S. Navy.


He was ordained to the diaconate on Feb. 27, 1988, and to the priesthood on Sept. 24, 1988, by Bishop Stanislaus J. Brzana.

Upon ordination, he served as deacon and parochial vicar at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Massena.

In 1992, he began studies in canon law at St. Paul’s University in Ottawa, Ontario, where he was awarded his master’s and juris degrees in May 1994.

He was later named administrator of St. Peter’s Church in Hammond and St. Patrick’s Church in Rossie and was appointed adjutant judicial vicar.

In the mid 1990s, Bishop Paul S. Loverde named LaValley episcopal vicar for diocesan services and chancellor of the Diocese of Ogdensburg.

He has filled a number of position since than, most recently as pastor of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg.

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