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Official Diocesan Appointments

06/20/2009

Bishop Patrick R. Cooney has announced the following appointments effective July 15, 2009 for one year: Reverend James Bearss From: Pastor of the cluster of parishes that includes St. Mary, St. Joseph and Guardian Angels in Manistee To: Rector of St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord and Pastor of the other parishes included in the cluster: St. Mary in Grayling, Holy Redeemer in Vanderbilt (Reverend David DuPuis will remain as Sacramental Minister) and St. Thomas Aquinas in Elmira Reverend Stanislaw Bereda From: Pastor of St. Catherine in Ossineke and St. Gabriel in Black River To: Senior Priest Reverend Robert Bissot From: Pastor of St. Joseph in West Branch To: Pastor of St. Catherine in Ossineke, St. Gabriel in Black River, St. Anne in Harrisville and St. Raphael in Mikado (Rev. William Livinus remains as Temporary Administrator for St. Anne and St. Raphael) Reverend Joseph Blasko From: Pastor of Holy Family in East Tawas To: Pastor for St. Michael in Roscommon, Our Lady of the Lake in Prudenville, St. Hubert in Higgins Lake, St. James in Houghton Lake and St. Helen in St. Helen. (Rev. Bernard Tyler remains as Administrator for St. Hubert and St. James. Sr. Barbara Matievich, OP remains as Parish Life Coordinator for St. Helen.) Reverend Anthony Citro From: Pastor of St. Michael in Roscommon To: Pastor for Immaculate Conception in Traverse City and St. Joseph (Mapleton). (Rev. Edwin Thome will serve as Sacramental Minister for St. Joseph.) Reverend Raymond Cotter From: Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi in Lewiston and St. Mary in Mio To: Pastor of the cluster of parishes that includes St. Francis of Assisi in Lewiston, St. Mary in Mio, St. Augustine in Hillman and Jesus the Good Shepherd in Atlanta Reverend Anthony Cureton From: Associate Pastor for Our Lady of the Lake in Prudenville, St. Hubert in Higgins Lake and St. James in Houghton Lake To: Associate Pastor for Our Lady of the Lake in Prudenville and St. Michael in Roscommon Reverend Robbie Deka From: Associate Pastor at Immaculate Conception in Traverse City To: Associate Pastor for the cluster of parishes that includes St. Mary-St. Charles in Cheboygan, St. Clement in Pellston and Sacred Heart in Riggsville Reverend Norman Dickson, SJ To: Administrator for St. Mary of the Woods in Kalkaska and St. Aloysius in Fife Lake Reverend Charles Donajkowski From: Pastor of St. Ignatius in Rogers City and St. Casimir in Posen To: Pastor for Holy Family in East Tawas and Sacred Heart in Oscoda Reverend Arthur Duchnowicz From: Pastor of St. Clement in Pellston, Sacred Heart in Riggsville, St. Mary in Burt Lake, Holy Cross in Cross Village, St. Nicholas in Larks Lake and St. Ignatius in Good Hart To: Pastor for the cluster of parishes that includes St. Ignatius in Rogers City, St. Casimir in Posen, St. Dominic in Metz, St. Paul in Onaway and St. Monica in Afton. (Rev. Clarence Smolinski will serve as Sacramental Minister. Sr. Rita Epple, RSM remains as Pastoral Administrator for St. Dominic.) Reverend Wayne Dziekan From: Pastor of St. Augustine in Hillman and Good Shepherd in Atlanta; Director of the Secretariat for Justice and Peace To: Director of the Secretariat for Justice and Peace Reverend Peter Eke From: Temporary Administrator for St. Mary of the Woods in Kalkaska and St. Aloysius in Fife Lake To: Associate Pastor for the cluster of parishes that includes St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord, St. Mary in Grayling, Holy Redeemer in Vanderbilt and St. Thomas Aquinas in Elmira; Judge for Diocesan Tribunal Reverend J. August Franczek From: Pastor of St. Pius X in Hale and St. James in Whittemore and Temporary Pastor of St. Stephen King of Hungary Parish in Skidway Lake To: Pastor for St. Pius X in Hale and St. James in Whittemore Reverend Donald Geyman From: Pastor of Immaculate Conception in Traverse City; Delegate for Vocations and Pastoral Care of Seminarians To: Director of Vocations Reverend Joseph Graff From: Pastor of Holy Childhood of Jesus in Harbor Springs To: Pastor for the cluster of parishes that includes Holy Childhood of Jesus in Harbor Springs, Holy Cross in Cross Village, St. Nicholas in Larks Lake and St. Ignatius in Good Hart. (Rev. Norbert Landreville will serve as Sacramental Minister.) Reverend Santiago Hoyumpa From: Associate Pastor for St. Matthew in Boyne City, St. Augustine in Boyne Falls and St. John Nepomucene in Praga To: Associate Pastor for the cluster of parishes that includes St. Ann in Cadillac, St. Edward in Harrietta, St. Stephen in Lake City and St. Theresa in Manton Reverend Gerard Hunko From: Pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption in Charlevoix Pastor for St. Mary in Charlevoix and Holy Cross on Beaver Island (Rev. Patrick Cawley remains as Administrator for Holy Cross.) Reverend Donald Libby From: Temporary Administrator of Holy Rosary in Cedar and St. Rita-St. Joseph in Maple City; Extraordinary Form Mass Celebrant To: Pastor of Holy Rosary in Cedar and St. Rita-St. Joseph in Maple City; Extraordinary Form Mass Celebrant Reverend William Lipscomb From: Pastor at St. Patrick in Traverse City To: Chaplain at Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools and Sacramental Minister for St. Philip Neri in Empire Reverend Patrick Maher From: Pastor of St. John the Baptist and St. Anne in Alpena To: Pastor for the cluster of parishes that includes St. Joseph in West Branch, Holy Family in Klacking Creek (beginning August 1, 2009) and St. Stephen King of Hungary in Skidway Lake Reverend Gregory McCallum From: Pastor of St. Mary and St. Bernard in Alpena To: Pastor for the cluster of parishes that includes St. Mary, St. Bernard, St. John and St. Anne in Alpena and St. Rose of Lima in Herron Reverend John McCracken From: Rector of St. Mary Cathedral and Pastor of Holy Redeemer in Vanderbilt and St. Thomas Aquinas in Elmira; Delegate for Continuing Formation of Clergy, Pastoral Administrators and Religious Sisters To: Pastor for the cluster of parishes that includes St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Shrine, St. Joseph and Guardian Angels in Manistee; Delegate for Continuing Formation of Clergy, Pastoral Administrators and Religious Sisters Reverend Paul Megge From: Pastor of St. Mary-St. Charles in Cheboygan To: Pastor for the cluster of parishes that includes St. Mary-St. Charles in Cheboygan, St. Clement in Pellston and Sacred Heart in Riggsville Reverend Rubén Muñoz From: Associate Pastor for St. Francis Xavier in Petoskey To: Associate Pastor for Immaculate Conception in Traverse City and Assistant Director for Hispanic Ministry Reverend Robert Nalley From: Pastor of St. Mary in Grayling; Judicial Vicar in Diocesan Tribunal To: Pastor for St. Patrick in Traverse City; Judicial Vicar in Diocesan Tribunal Reverend Rolando Silva From: Associate Pastor for the cluster of parishes that includes St. Ann in Cadillac, St. Stephen in Lake City, St. Theresa in Manton and St. Edward in Harrietta To: Associate Pastor for the cluster of parishes that includes St. Mary, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist, St. Anne in Alpena and St. Rose of Lima in Herron Reverend Bernard Tyler From: Pastor of St. Hubert in Higgins Lake, St. James in Houghton Lake and Our Lady of the Lake in Prudenville To: Administrator for St. Hubert in Higgins Lake and St. James in Houghton Lake Reverend Miro Wiese, OFM From: Pastor of Holy Family in Klacking Creek To: Senior Priest, effective August 1, 2009

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