The North Country has a newly ordained Priest

OGDENSBURG On Saturday, May 26 at St. Marys Cathedral in Ogdensburg, a young man who grew up as a member of St. Annes Parish in Mooers Forks followed in the footsteps of several young men of St. Annes he became a priest in the Catholic Church. Hundreds of friends and family were present as the Most Reverend Robert J. Cunningham ordained Deacon Bernard D. Menard as a priest in the Diocese of Ogdensburg. Father Menard is the son of Arthur and Norma Menard of Mooers. He is a 1998 graduate of Northeastern Clinton Central School, a 2002 graduate of Wadhams Hall Seminary College and a 2007 graduate of St. Marys Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. Many of those in attendance will undoubtedly always remember witnessing Father Menard receiving his priestly vestments from his uncles Father Gilbert Menard and Father Clarence Menard, brothers who grew up in Mooers Forks and attended St. Annes. The small parish has fostered the vocations of numerous priests including Msgr. Francis White, Msgr. Dennis Duprey, Father Terry LaValley, Father Alan Shnob and the Menards. Several women reared in the parish also joined religious orders including Bernards aunt, Sister Elizabeth Menard, OP, who heads the Diocese of Ogdensburg Department of Educations Plattsburgh Regional Center. Father Menard said he has always received family and parish encouragement. In an interview with the North Country Catholic newspaper he said, St. Annes has been a fertile soil in my lifetime for the seed of my vocation. Father Gerald Cerank encouraged me greatly in high school and took the initiative in getting me to visit Wadhams Hall. I was also very influenced by Father Howard McCasland and the late Father Cyril Rapin. Msgr. George Phillips left when I was only four but left a big impact on my parents and the parish. When he was asked why he wanted to become a priest Father Menard responded, Because it is my mission, the purpose for which God has made me and put me here on this earth at this time in history. In a final interview before ordination Father Menard told his seminary rector, I hope that what Christ has given me he will give to others through me as an instrument of grace. Father Menard returned to St. Annes in Mooers Forks to celebrate his first Mass on Sunday, May 27th . His family support was front and center as always. Father Menards brother Robert composed classical music for parts of the Mass.

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