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May 31, 2017

Father Adrian Gallagher, pastor in Mooers Forks, Mooers, Altona and Sciota, is celebrating 25 years of priesthood this year.

Father Gallagher was born June 8, 1963, and grew up in Malone as a parishioner of St. Joseph’ Parish. He studied at Wadhams Hall Seminary-College in Ogdensburg for two years before entering the Conventual Franciscan order in Ellicott City, Maryland.

GallagherFather Gallagher was ordained to the priesthood July 18, 1992 in Baltimore by Cardinal William H. Keeler.

During his years as a Franciscan, he served as a high school teacher in Baltimore and in Buffalo, ran the friars’ home for runaway teens in Buffalo and served as a parish priest in the Dioceses of Springfield, Massachusetts, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Father Gallagher returned to the Diocese of Ogdensburg in 2013 to be closer to his aging parents and was incardinated as a priest of the diocese Feb. 29, 2016.

He was appointed pastor in Mooers and Mooers Forks in 2014 and was given additional responsibilities as pastor in Altona and Sciota earlier this year.

Father Gallagher has shared the following message on the occasion of his 25th jubilee:

I am very humbled and blessed to be a priest of Jesus Christ!  Each Mass reminds me of the tremendous gift God has bestowed upon me. 

In these 25 years, my greatest blessing has become the deeper depth of faith I have acquired in being exposed to the faith of those who have remained faithful despite tremendous hardship.

My former Franciscan Community life has enriched me as a person tremendously and I am deeply grateful to my former Franciscan brothers for their wonderful contribution to who I am today; they have blessed me abundantly.

I am also humbled and blessed to have been so warmly welcomed back into my home Diocese of Ogdensburg.  Bishop LaValley and the priests of the diocese have gone out of their way to be warm and welcoming and I am deeply grateful that the Lord has enriched my continuing priestly years with such faithful and good brothers. 

Equally so, the initial welcome of the people of St. Joseph's in Mooers and St. Ann's in Mooers Forks was very much a blessing as I am finding the same of the people of Holy Angels in Altona and St. Louis in Sciota in these few months. 

May what I am able to do as their pastor be given to the honor and glory of God alone!

I will spend this anniversary year quietly reflecting and being grateful for the goodness God has bestowed upon me.

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