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Official Diocesan Appointments
The Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord, announces the following pastoral appointments:
EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2016
Reverend Matthew Wigton is appointed Chancellor for the Diocese of Gaylord, in addition to his service as diocesan Vocations Director. His pastoral assignment to St. Mary in Charlevoix will continue until June 29, 2016.
EFFECTIVE JUNE 29, 2016
Reverend Peter Wigton is assigned Administrator of St. Mary in Charlevoix. Fr. Wigton will also assist with Sacramental Ministry for Holy Cross on Beaver Island and continue assisting with the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Latin) at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. Fr. Wigton has been serving as Parochial Vicar of the Catholic Community of Manistee.
Reverend Duane Wachowiak is appointed Pastor to the parishes of St. Mary-St. Charles in Cheboygan, St. Clement in Pellston, Sacred Heart in Riggsville and St. Mary in Burt Lake. He has been on special assignment outside the diocese at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin.
Reverend James Gardiner is assigned Sacramental Minister for St. Clement in Pellston and Sacred Heart in Riggsville. He has been serving as Temporary Administrator of St. Mary-St. Charles in Cheboygan, St. Clement in Pellston and Sacred Heart in Riggsville.
Reverend Scott Lawler is assigned Parochial Vicar for the Catholic Community of Manistee. Fr. Lawler will also continue assisting with the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Latin) at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. He has been serving as Parochial Vicar to Our Lady of the Lake in Prudenville.