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Oct. 30, 2019

Columbus, OH – The Pontifical College Josephinum named Bishop Terry R. LaValley the 2019 recipient of The Good Shepherd: Defending the Truth Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Josephinum upon one of the shepherds of the Catholic Church in the U.S.

The award was presented to Bishop LaValley by the Very Reverend Steven P. Beseau, president/rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum, at the seminary’s Good Shepherd Dinner, an annual event honoring the Josephinum’s friends and benefactors.

Words of tribute to Bishop LaValley were offered by The Most Reverend Douglas Lucia, bishop of Syracuse and former vocations director for the Odgensburg diocese.

“Bishop LaValley receives this award because shepherd is what he is and what he is about,” he said. “Through his preaching and his example, he has been a beacon of Truth, proclaiming the Truth of the Gospel not merely with his lips but by his very life. By his service of God’s people.”

Joining in the celebration with Bishop LaValley were his mother and many other family members; Reverend Christopher Carrara, diocesan director of vocations and seminarians; and Josephinum seminarians from the Diocese of Ogdensburg who, in the words of Bishop LaValley, “bring the best of the North Country to the Midwest!”

Bishop LaValley has been a priest of the Diocese of Ogdensburg for 31 years. In that time, he has served as deacon, parochial vicar, pastor, chancellor, episcopal vicar, diocesan administrator and bishop. In recent years, Bishop LaValley has provided leadership of the Josephinum as Chair of the Board of Trustees.

“Shepherding in the fields or in the Lord’s vineyard can never be a solitary effort,” he said. “I am blessed with family, friends, a wonderful presbyterate, seminarians and co-workers. We thank the Josephinum for providing and environment where our young men can encounter the Lord evermore closely. It is a privilege, truly, for me to be associated with this community and I am honored to receive this Good Shepherd award.”

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