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Official Diocesan Appointments
The Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord, has announced the following appointments:
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2018
Reverend Matthew Wigton – to Administrator of St. Joseph Parish in West Branch and Holy Family Parish in Klacking Creek. Fr. Wigton continues his service as Delegate for Vocations and Chancellor for the Diocese of Gaylord.
Reverend James Siler – from Parochial Vicar to Administrator of Holy Cross Parish on Beaver Island.
Reverend Dennis Stilwell – from Administrator of Holy Cross Parish on Beaver Island to Canonical Pastor for the parishes of St. Matthew in Boyne City, St. Augustine in Boyne Falls and St. John Nepomucene in Praga. Patty Furtaw will continue as Pastoral Administrator to the parishes of St. Matthew in Boyne City, St. Augustine in Boyne Falls and St. John Nepomucene in Praga. Fr. Stilwell also continues as Pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Petoskey and Vicar General for the Diocese of Gaylord.
EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2018
Reverend Chet Collins – from Administrator of the parishes St. Luke the Evangelist in Bellaire and St. Joseph in East Jordan to Pastor of the parishes of St. Luke the Evangelist in Bellaire and St. Anthony of Padua in Mancelona.
Reverend Peter Wigton – to Pastor of St. Joseph in East Jordan in addition to his assignment as Pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption in Charlevoix.