Monsignor Marc B. Caron Named Professor of Theology and Member of the Priestly Formation Faculty at Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts
January 9, 2016
PORTLAND - Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced that Monsignor Marc B. Caron, pastor of Prince of Peace Parish in Lewiston, has been named a professor of theology and a member of the priestly formation faculty at Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass., effective July 1, 2016.
Monsignor Caron will remain a diocesan priest for the Diocese of Portland and will return to the diocese after his five-year assignment at the seminary.
“The diocese is so grateful for Monsignor Caron’s pastoral ministry and the many contributions he has made in the life of the diocese and parishes in which he has served,” said Bishop Deeley. “In sharing his knowledge and expertise, Monsignor Caron will enhance the human, pastoral, spiritual, and academic experience of the seminarians, helping to form a new generation of priests for this diocese and others. We will miss his dedication and devotion, but look forward to welcoming him back to serve in our diocese after his assignment to the seminary is complete.”
“Monsignor Caron is an extraordinarily gifted priest,” said Monsignor James P. Moroney, rector of Saint John’s Seminary. “His work has prepared him to form priests for the 21st century and we look forward to welcoming him to the faculty.”
“I am very grateful to Bishop Deeley and to Cardinal Seán for this opportunity to serve the Church in New England at Saint John’s Seminary,” said Monsignor Caron. “The work of the seminary is of the highest importance in forming priests for the new Evangelization after the heart of Christ. I look forward to making my own contribution to that effort.”
Born in Lewiston, Monsignor Caron attended St. Dominic’s Regional High School before majoring in French and philosophy at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, where he graduated summa cum laude. He completed his clerical studies at Theological College of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., earning a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology. On May 20, 1989, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Amédée W. Proulx at Holy Cross Church in Lewiston.
In August of 1989, he was named parochial vicar of St. Louis Parish in Fort Kent, where he also served as chaplain at the University of Maine-Fort Kent. In 1990, in addition to his duties at St. Louis, then-Fr. Caron was named temporary administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Wallagrass and Holy Family Parish in Daigle, where he remained until August of 1992 when he was appointed parochial vicar of St. Joseph Parish in Biddeford. While serving in Biddeford, he was also chaplain at the University of New England.
From July of 1995 to July of 1997, he completed an advanced degree in sacred theology at The Catholic University of America, specializing in liturgical studies. Upon returning from Washington, D.C., he was appointed chancellor of the Diocese of Portland and served as director of the department of ministerial services. Monsignor Caron was named a Chaplain of His Holiness (Monsignor) by the Vatican in December 2000. During his time at the Chancery (1997-2008), Monsignor Caron also served as the interim director of vocations for a short period.
In September of 2008, Monsignor Caron was named administrator of the five Catholic parishes in Lewiston, and on January 1, 2009, he was appointed the founding pastor of Prince of Peace Parish in Lewiston (Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Holy Cross Parish, and Holy Family Parish). In addition to his parish duties, Monsignor Caron has served as a member of the Presbyteral Council, the College of Consultors, and the Priests’ Personnel Board; he currently serves on the Liturgical Commission for the diocese.
"BE MERCIFUL EVEN AS YOUR FATHER IS MERCIFUL." (LUKE 6:36)
For the month of January the Corporal work of Mercy is: Clothe the naked.
“Clothe the naked” may best be understood if one were to think of this as providing others with what is necessary for them to be clothed with dignity. It is unlikely that we will encounter people who are actually without some clothing. This work of mercy is asking that we give of our excess so that another person can live with dignity. What one has to wear impacts how one thinks and feels about oneself.
“For I was … naked and you clothed me …whatever you did for one of these least brothers [or sisters] of mine, you did for me” (Mt 25:35-40).
Conditions for Gaining the Plenary Indulgence for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.