PORTLAND — Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced the Rev. Robert C. Vaillancourt has been named pastor of St. Brendan the Navigator Parish effective June 1.

The parish contains Our Lady of Good Hope Church in Camden, St. Bernard Church in Rockland, St. Francis of Assisi Church in Belfast, St. Mary of the Isles Church in Islesboro and Union Church in Vinalhaven.

Vaillancourt currently serves as a hospital chaplain in Portland, with weekend duties at the Parish of the Holy Eucharist in Falmouth.

A native of Lewiston, Vaillancourt graduated from St. Dominic Regional High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maine and a bachelor’s degree in theology from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada.

He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Edward C. O’Leary on Aug. 14, 1982, at St. Peter and Paul Parish in Lewiston. Vaillancourt’s first assignment was as associate pastor of St. Andre’s Parish in Biddeford.

In 1985, Vaillancourt was named associate pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Madawaska, where he remained until 1987 when he was appointed director of the Christian Life Center in Frenchville. In 1988, Vaillancourt assumed directorship of the Diocese of Portland’s Youth Ministry program. In 1991, he was appointed pastor of St. Peter Parish in East Millinocket. From 1995 to 1999, Vaillancourt served as pastor of Holy Family Parish in Old Town. In 1999, he was appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Bridgton and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Mission in Fryeburg. In 2002, Vaillancourt was named pastor of St. Thomas Parish in Madawaska. One year later, he was appointed pastor of St. Matthew Parish in Hampden and St. Gabriel Parish in Winterport.

In addition to those assignments, Vaillancourt was appointed administrator of St. Teresa Parish in Brewer in 2006. In 2008, he was named director of the office of vocations for the diocese. He continued to serve in that role when he was named temporary administrator of St. John Vianney Parish in Fort Kent in April 2012. In August of that year, Vaillancourt was appointed pastor of Holy Savior Parish in Rumford and Bethel.

In 2013, he was assigned as hospital chaplain in Portland, and as parochial vicar with weekend responsibilities in the Portland Peninsula and Island Parishes. Since October 2014, while continuing to serve in hospital ministry, Vaillancourt also does weekend ministry at the Parish of the Holy Eucharist.


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