Lewiston native will oversee diocesan administration

PORTLAND — Effective July 1, Lewiston native Monsignor Marc B. Caron will assume the roles of vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Portland. As vicar general and moderator, Caron will assist the bishop in the administration and pastoral care of the diocese, overseeing those who hold offices and minister in diocesan administration.

Caron
Caron is a professor of theology and a member of the priestly formation faculty at Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass., where he has served since July 2016. Caron attended St. Dominic Regional High School before majoring in French and philosophy at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. On May 20, 1989, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Amédée W. Proulx at Holy Cross Church in Lewiston.
In August 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, Caron was named temporary administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Wallagrass and Holy Family Parish in Daigle, where he remained until August 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. Caron was named a Chaplain of His Holiness (Monsignor) by the Vatican in December 2000. During his time at the Chancery (1997-2008), Caron also served as the interim co-director of vocations for a short period.
In 2008, Caron was named administrator of the five Catholic parishes in Lewiston, and in 2009, 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), where he served before his current assignment. In addition to his parish duties, Caron has served as a member of the Presbyteral Council, the College of Consultors, and the Priests’ Personnel Board.
Dubois
Effective Aug. 1, Monsignor Andrew Dubois, V.G., will take over as pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish, which includes St. John Church, Bangor; St. Mary Church, Bangor; St. Joseph Church, Brewer; St. Teresa Church, Brewer; St. Matthew Church, Hampden; St. Gabriel Church, Winterport).
Dubois is vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Portland.
A native of Fort Kent, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Joseph J. Gerry, O.S.B., on June 10, 1995, at St. Louis Church in Fort Kent.
His first pastoral assignment was as parochial vicar at Ss. Peter & Paul Parish, now the Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul (Prince of Peace Parish), in Lewiston. In 1996, in addition to his duties at Ss. Peter & Paul, he was named parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, also in Lewiston. In 2000, Dubois was appointed pastor of Holy Family Parish in Lewiston, where he would serve for five years. In 2005, he was named vicar for priests and director of ongoing formation for clergy. He also served as interim co-director of the Office of Vocations in 2007, before being appointed to his current positions as vicar general and moderator of the curia in 2008. Dubois has served as a member of the Presbyteral Council, the College of Consultors, and the Priests’ Personnel Board.
Murray
Also as of Aug. 1, the Rev. Frank J. Murray will retire from active ministry. He intends to continue exercising his priestly ministry by providing coverage in parishes as needed. Currently, he is pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in the Bangor/Brewer/Hampden/Winterport area.
A native of Bangor, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Edward C. O’Leary on June 6, 1981, at St. John Church in Bangor.
From 1981 to 1983, he was assigned as a hospital chaplain at Maine Medical Center in Portland. In 1983, he became a member of a pastoral team in which he continued his ministry at Maine Medical Center, shared in pastoral work at Sacred Heart Parish in Portland, and did campus ministry at the University of Southern Maine in Portland and Gorham.
Murray has served as pastor of Our Lady of Wisdom Parish in Orono and diocesan director of campus ministry at the Newman Center at the University of Maine. In 1989, in addition to his duties at Our Lady of Wisdom and the university, he was named temporary administrator at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Orono. In 1994, Murray was named pastor at St. Mary Parish in Bangor. After nine years of service, he was appointed pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, St. Louis Parish and St. Philip Parish, all in Auburn, in 2003.
Additionally, in 2007, he was named pastor of Our Lady of Ransom Church in Mechanic Falls and St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Norway. In 2009, Murray was named administrator of the newly-formed All Saints Parish in Brunswick. The following May, he became pastor of the parish, where he served until being appointed to his current assignment in 2016. In addition to his work in parishes, Murray has also served as the diocesan director of vocations and the diocesan director of seminarians.