For Immediate Release
June 3, 2020
Mayor Madden Issues Proclamation Honoring Fr. James Vaughan on 70th Anniversary of Ordination
TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today issued a proclamation honoring Father James Vaughan, Pastor Emeritus of Sacred Heart Church in Troy, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of his ordination.
The proclamation declares Wednesday, June 3, 2020, as ‘Father James Vaughan Day’ in the City of Troy.
On Thursday, June 4th, 2020, the Sacred Heart parish will hold a special vehicle parade in Troy honoring Fr. Vaughan, who is currently in residence at Van Rensselaer Manor.
Full text of the proclamation is below:
WHEREAS, because of the many important contributions that Reverend James J. Vaughan, Pastor Emeritus at Sacred Heart Church, has made to the City of Troy, he is deserving of special recognition; and
WHEREAS, born in Syracuse in 1925, James Vaughan moved to Troy at a young age with his family where he attended St. Michael’s School on Stow Avenue and Catholic Central High School before attending St. Thomas Seminary in Connecticut, where he was ordained a priest on June 3rd, 1950; and
WHEREAS, Fr. Vaughan served at many parishes across the Capital Region, including St. Mary’s in Troy, St. Ambrose in Latham, St. Patrick’s in Athens, and St. Mary’s in Hudson; and
WHEREAS, in 1973, Fr. Vaughan returned to Troy where he served as pastor at Sacred Heart Church until 2000, and continues to serve as Pastor Emeritus; and
WHEREAS, his service to the community was known across Troy, Rensselaer County, and beyond, and his good works in the community, guided by his faith in God, served as an example of selfless service for others to follow; and
WHEREAS, despite recent health setbacks, Fr. Vaughan remains deeply committed to the guiding principles of his faith and positive spirit, an outlook which has greater relevance during the current health crisis impacting our community, state, and nation; and
WHEREAS, on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020, Father James Vaughan, Pastor Emeritus at Sacred Heart Church in Troy, will celebrate his 70th anniversary in the priesthood, and while public celebrations will be held at some point in the future, the congregation and community hereby honor his seven decades of faith-based service to the Troy, Rensselaer County, and Capital Region.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT, I, Patrick Madden, Mayor of the City of Troy, New York, do hereby declare Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 as
Father James Vaughan Day
in the City of Troy in recognition of his service and good works, and extend our best wishes for continued health and prosperity for many years to come.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Troy, New York to be affixed this 29th of May, 2020.
Mayor, City of Troy