LINCOLN---Parishioners, community members, and friends are encouraged to gather for parties honoring Fr. Richard Malo and Fr. James Plourde in advance of their retirement from active ministry at the end of July. A farewell dinner for Fr. Plourde will be held at the Grand Isle Community Center in Grand Isle on Friday, July 16, at 4 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, call (207) 728-7531. A farewell party for Fr. Malo is set for Sunday, June 20, at 4 p.m. at St. Mary Church in Lincoln. To RSVP to Fr. Malo’s party, please call (207) 794-6333.
Fr. Plourde is currently the pastor of Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish in Madawaska, Our Lady of the Valley Parish in St. Agatha, and St. Peter Chanel Parish in Van Buren. A native of Caribou, he completed his pastoral studies at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore and St. Paul’s University Seminary in Ottawa, Canada. Fr. Plourde was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1982, at Holy Rosary Church in Caribou. His first pastoral assignment was as associate pastor of Notre Dame Parish in Waterville, where he served until July of 1985 when he was named parochial vicar at Holy Cross Parish in Lewiston. In July of 1987, Fr. Plourde was appointed pastor of St. Gerard-Mt. Carmel Parish in Grand Isle and, in addition to his assignment in Grand Isle, was named director of the Christian Life Center in Upper Frenchville in 1988. In July of 1990, Fr. Plourde was appointed pastor of St. Agatha Parish in St. Agatha and St. Joseph Parish in Sinclair. In June of 1995, Fr. Plourde was named pastor of St. Francis Parish, Notre Dame Parish, and Sacred Heart Parish, all in Waterville, where he served until being appointed pastor of St. Louis Parish in Fort Kent and Holy Family Parish in Daigle in July of 1998. Two years later, in addition to his service in Fort Kent and Daigle, he was also re-appointed director of the Christian Life Center. In 2003, Fr. Plourde earned a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. In June of 2007, Fr. Plourde was appointed parochial vicar of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Bucksport, St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Stonington, and St. Joseph Church in Ellsworth. In January of 2009, he was named administrator of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Calais and St. Peter the Fisherman Parish in Machias. In June of 2013, Fr. Plourde was appointed pastor of Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish, Our Lady of the Valley Parish, and St. Peter Chanel Parish, the three parishes where he serves today. In addition to his parish assignments, Fr. Plourde also served terms as a vicar forane, a member of the priests’ personnel board, and a member of the board of directors for Seton Village in Waterville.
Fr. Malo is currently pastor of Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish in Lincoln. A graduate of St. Dominic Regional High School in Lewiston, he received a bachelor’s degree in French from Norwich University in Vermont and a master of divinity degree from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 9, 1987, at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Lewiston (Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul today). After being temporarily assigned to St. Louis Parish in Fort Kent, Fr. Malo was named parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Biddeford in August of 1987. He was again assigned as parochial vicar to St. Louis Parish in Fort Kent in August of 1992, when he was also named chaplain at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. In July 1993, Fr. Malo was appointed pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Jackman. In July of 1999, he was named pastor of St. Martin of Tours Parish in Millinocket and St. Peter Parish in East Millinocket. In July of 2002, in addition to his duties at St. Martin of Tours and St. Peter, Fr. Malo was appointed pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Benedicta. In July of 2006, he was named administrator of St. Anthony Parish in Jackman and Holy Family Parish in Greenville. In August of 2012, Fr. Malo was appointed pastor of St. Brendan the Navigator Parish. In May of 2016, he was named pastor of St. Mary of Lourdes Parish and St. Leo the Great Parish (now merged into Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish), where he serves today.