• Father J. Roger McGuinness, currently pastor of St. Joseph's Church in West Chazy, will also become pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Chazy, overseeing the linkage of the two parishes.
Father McGuinness, a native of New York City, came to the North Country in 1957 to study at Wadhams Hall Seminary College in Ogdensburg and Christ the King Seminary in Olean, N.Y.
was ordained a priest in 1965 and has served parishes in Potsdam, Lake Placid, Plattsburgh and Watertown
as a parochial vicar.
He has served as a pastor in Raymondville, Keeseville, Our Lady of Victory Parish and St. John's Parish in Plattsburgh.
Father McGuinness served as the pastor of John XXIII College Community Parish - the Newman Center, in Plattsburgh where he served Plattsburgh State University and Clinton Community College.
He is currently the pastor of St. Joseph's Parish in West Chazy and, effective Oct. 30, Sacred Heart Parish in Chazy.
Father McGuinness has served as president and vice-president of the Interfaith Council of Clinton County and Plattsburgh and a past board member of the Campus Community Coalition of the city of Plattsburgh.
He is also an adjunct professor in the Honor Program of Plattsburgh State University.
He has taught psychology at Seton Catholic Central and currently teaches in the Upward Bound Program of Plattsburgh State during the summer.
From 1973 to 1989, Father McGuinness was a member of the faculty of Wadhams Hall Seminary College, serving as academic dean and director of spiritual formation as well as a teacher of psychology and religious studies.
He has also worked as an administrator and teacher of the permanent diaconate program as well as vocation director and director of seminarians for the Diocese of Ogdensburg.
In addition, he
has taught in the Formation for Ministry program sponsored by the diocese.
Father McGuinness is the past director of Continuing Education and Formation of the Clergy,
Father McGuinness holds masters degrees in counseling-psychology, pastoral ministry and Christian Spirituality.
has given retreats, conferences and workshops in several Dioceses of the United States and Canada.
was the speaker for the diocesan on-line retreat for Advent in the year 2008.