Monsignor Robert Lawler Dies At 83


The north country Catholic community is mourning the loss of Monsignor Robert Lawler.

The retired priest died Thursday at St. Joseph's Home in Ogdensburg.

He was 83

Monsignor Lawler was ordained a priest at St. Mary's Cathedral in Ogdensburg on May 19, 1956.

His first assignment was assistant pastor at Holy Family Church in Watertown and was appointed assistant secretary of Catholic Charities.

In 1957 he became Executive Secretary of Catholic Charities in Ogdensburg and worked with St. Joseph's Home.

Ten years later, he was made Papal Chamberlain.

In 1976, he was named Prelate of Honor of His Holiness.

Monsignor Lawler later retired from Catholic Charities and was appointed pastor of the church in Brownville in 1986.

In 1994, he was appointed Vicar General for the diocese and a year later became pastor of St. Mary's Church in Canton.

Two years later, he became pastor of St. Mary's Church Waddington.

In 1999, Lawler was elected Diocesan Administrator until a new bishop was appointed.

He was reappointed Vicar General in 2000 and in 2002 he was appointed pastor of St. Mary's Waddington and Church of St. John the Baptist in Madrid.

In 2003, Lawler was once again elected Diocesan Administrator during the transition of bishops.

In 2004, he returned as Vicar General.

In 2012, Lawler retired as pastor of St. Mary's in Waddington and St. John the Baptist in Madrid.

Click here for his full obituary


Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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