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Archives Papineau, Cook receive Bishop Wadhams Award

May 8, 2019

AKWESASNE – Bishop Terry R. LaValley presented the Bishop Edgar P. Wadhams Award for Distinguished Service to Irving Papineau and Elaine Cook during the celebration of Confirmation on April 27, 2019 at St. Regis Mission at Akwesasne.

The Bishop Wadhams Award was instituted by Bishop Paul Loverde, the eleventh Bishop of Ogdensburg, in 1996, to recognize exceptional service to the Diocese of Ogdensburg by people of the North Country.

Recipients of the Award include Father Richard Siepka (former rector of Wadhams Hall Seminary), Monsignor Lawrence M. Deno (former Superintendent of Catholic Schools), Mrs. Mary Lou Kilian (Former editor of the North Country Catholic), Monsignor Robert Giroux (former Vicar General), Dr. Gerald Irwin (former professor at Wadhams Hall and Peritus for the Diocesan Tribunal), Sister Kathryn Healy (Chaplain, St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center), Dr. A. B. DeGrandpre (former Knight of the Holy Sepulcher, friend and benefactor of St. John’s Academy, Mount Assumption Institute and Seton Catholic Central School), Clyde A. Lewis, Sr. (Knight of Malta, formation of Bishop’s Heritage Circle), Thomas and Claudia Sanders (Pre-Cana directors and hosts in the international student program at Seton Catholic High School), Henry and Huguette Domingos of Potsdam, New York ( Formation for Ministry Program, Serra Club founders, ministry in their parish), Sister Donna Franklin, DC (Catholic Charities director for 22 years), and Sally Rusaw, Ogdensburg (prison ministry, archivist, teaching).

In bestowing the Award on Irving Papineau, Bishop LaValley noted both the quality and the length of his service to the Church.

Bishop LaValley stated, “Irving Papineau, with love and zeal has graciously and generously served our Diocese and the people of the North Country in ways that have touched our hearts and souls. Irving is a parishioner of St. Regis Church and has long served as a board member, catechist and treasurer at Saint Kateri Hall in Hogansburg. For more than 27 years Irving shared his faith as a catechist preparing young people for the Sacrament of Confirmation. As a trustee and treasurer of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Hall, he formed young people in the Catholic faith and helped them to recognize the grace of God in their lives. Irving is highly respected in the faith community of St. Regis and in the wider community of Akwesasne because of his generosity, integrity and dedication to serving others. With gratitude, we recognize the goodness of Irving Papineau for his leadership and faithfulness that have led us all closer to Christ our Savior.” Irving served many years as the principal of thElaine Cooke Mohawk School at Akwasasne.

Elaine Cook has been a pillar of St. Regis Mission. Serving under twelve pastors, she gave wonderful service to the priests and people of the parish.

In bestowing the award on Elaine, Bishop Lavalley stated, “Elaine Cook, woman of faith and daughter of the Church, has graciously and generously served our Diocese and the people of the North Country in countless ways. Accompanying Jesuit priests and brothers, Elaine served as guide and translator so that the poor, homebound, infirm and elderly could receive the care and comfort of the Church. With compassion, Elaine maintained parish records, prepared reports, assisted parishioners and performed all adminstrative tasks in St. Regis Parish for more than three decades. Elaine has witnessed to the Gospel with humility, perseverence and trust in the Lord, serving others with love, respect and kindness. We are all deeply grateful to her for leadership, which has been a source of unity.” Elaine continues to be active in the life of her parish.

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