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Bishop Appoints New Vicar General


The Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord, announces the following pastoral appointments:



Reverend Dennis Stilwell is appointed Vicar General of the Diocese of Gaylord.This appointment is in addition to his current assignment as Pastor of St. Francis of Xavier Parish in Petoskey and as Vicar of the North Region Vicariate. He will also continue to serve as a member of the College of Consultors.




Reverend Monsignor Francis Murphy becomes Vicar General Emeritus having served the diocese as Vicar General since 2001. Msgr. Murphy will continue as Pastor St. Ann in Cadillac, St. Edward in Harrietta, St. Stephen in Lake City and St. Theresa in Manton, as well as Vicar of the Southwest Region Vicariate. He, too, will continue to serve as a member of the College of Consultors.




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