The Society of St. James Church
Land Deeded by James D. LeRay de Chaumont in 1818
1st Church Dedicated and Incorporated in 1821
Present Church Dedicated in 1866
St. James Church has been under the jurisdiction of the following Dioceses:
Diocese of New York 1821 - 1847
Diocese of Albany 1847 – 1872
Diocese of Ogdensburg 1872 – Present
From 1821 through 1874, St. James Church was served by non-resident pastors from the above Dioceses. From April 14, 1874 through July 1, 1997 the parish was served by pastors belonging to the religious congregation known as the Order of St. Augustine (0. S.A.) from the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova in Philadelphia, PA. From July 1, 1997 until the present, the parish has been served by clergy from the Diocese of Ogdensburg.
Pastors from 1821-1874
Rev. John Farnan
was the non-resident pastor who founded
St. James Church in 1821
and served the parish until 1825
The following are the non-resident pastors who served St. James from 1825 – 1873:
Rev. R. James Solomon
Rev. Francis M. McFarland
Rev. Michael Power
Rev. Michael E. Clarke
Rev. Patrick O'Reilly
Rev. Michael Barry
Rev. William M. Connelly
Rev. Michael J. Griffith
1874-1877 Rev. John J. Fedigan O.S.A.
1877-1882 Rev. Francis J. McShane O.S.A.
1882-1885 Rev. Bernard Augustine Daily O.S.A.
1885-1889 Rev. Patrick Joseph O'Connell O.S.A.
1890-1895 Rev. Patrick A. Carr O.S.A.
1895-1898 Rev. Francis J. McShane O.S.A.
1898-1902 Rev. Francis A. McCranor O.S.A.
1902-1920 Rev. Henry T. Regan O.S.A.
1910-1917 Rev. Daniel A. Herron O.S.A.
1917-1926 Rev. George L. Dermody O.S.A.
1926-1932 Rev. Alfred H. Valiquette O.S.A.
1932-1938 Rev. Daniel A. Herron O.S.A.
1938-1941 Rev. Alfred H. Valiquette O.S.A.
1941-1944 Rev. John B. Martin O.S.A.
1944-1947 Rev. George C. Egan O.S.A.
1947-1950 Rev. Thomas A. Kiley O.S.A.
1950-1956 Rev. William J. Deacy O.S.A.
1956-1959 Rev. Patrick K. Kenney O.S.A.
1959-1965 Rev. Raymond J. Stengel O.S.A.
1965-1969 Rev. Wilbert R. Kirk O.S.A.
1969-1973 Rev. John F. Wilson O.S.A.
1973-1975 Rev. John P. Hennessy O.S.A.
1975-1979 Rev. Alfred J. Ellis O.S.A.
1979-June 1997 Rev. James T. Spenard O.S.A.
June 1997 - June 1999 Rev. Kevin J. O'Brien (Beginning of diocesan clergy once again)
June 1999 - June 2002 Rev. Scott M. Fobare
June 2002 - June 2015 Rev. George F. Maroun
June 2015 - Present Rev. Donald A. Robinson