Ogdensburg, NY, Feb 23, 2010 — TEXT ONLY: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg has a new bishop-elect. The Rev. Terry LaValley is currently administrator of the Diocese. In a press release from the Dioces this morning, the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI has appointed him to serve as the local diocese's 14th bishop. He succeeds the Rev. Robert J. Cunningham, Bishop of Syracuse.
LaValley is a native of Mooers Forks, NY and has spent his career serving parishes throughout the region. He attended Wadhams Hall Seminary in Ogdensburg, and later studied at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora and St. Paul's University in Ottawa, Ontario. He first served St. Peter's Church in Hammond and St. Patrick's Church in Rossie. In January 1998, the bishop-elect was named pastor of St. Raphael's Church in Heuvelton. In June 1999, he became administrator of St. James Church in Gouverneur while continuing to serve in his as chancellor of the diocese. LaValley has served as administrator of the Ogdensburg Diocese since last May. He'll continue as administrator until his ordination and installation as bishop at St. Mary's Cathedral in Ogdensburg. No date has been set.