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Official Diocesan Appointments
The Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord, has announced the following appointments. All appointments are effective July 1, 2019 unless otherwise noted.
Reverend Dennis Stilwell – from Pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Petoskey to Senior Priest status. He will continue to serve as Sacramental Minister and Canonical Pastor for the parishes of St. Matthew in Boyne City, St. Augustine in Boyne Falls and St. John Nepomucene in Praga. (Patty Furtaw remains as Pastoral Administrator.) Fr. Stilwell also completes his term as Vicar General of the Diocese of Gaylord as of May 1, 2019.
Reverend Gregory McCallum – from Pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Traverse City to Pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Petoskey.
Reverend James Gardiner – relieved as Administrator of parishes of Holy Childhood in Harbor Springs, Holy Cross in Cross Village, St. Nicholas in Larks Lake, and St. Ignatius in Good Hart effective as of June 9, 2019.
Reverend James Bearss – from Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Mapleton to Pastor of the parishes of Holy Childhood in Harbor Springs, Holy Cross in Cross Village, St. Nicholas in Larks Lake, and St. Ignatius in Good Hart.
Reverend Benjamin Rexroat – from Parochial Vicar of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Traverse City to Administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Mapleton. He is also appointed Director of Vocations.
Reverend Christopher Jarvis – from completing his academic studies in Rome to Parochial Vicar of the parishes of St Ann in Cadillac, St. Edward in Harrietta, St. Stephen in Lake City and St Theresa in Manton. He is also appointed Assistant Director of Vocations.
Reverend Matthew Wigton – relieved as Director of Vocations and Chancellor of the Diocese of Gaylord. He is appointed Vicar General as of May 1, 2019. He continues his ministry as Rector of St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord and Pastor of the parishes of Holy Redeemer in Vanderbilt and St. Thomas Aquinas in Elmira.
Reverend Donald Libby – to sabbatical at Casa Santa Maria, the graduate residence of the Pontifical North American College from September 15, 2019 – January 15, 2020. Fr. Libby remains as Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Cedar.
Reverend Gerald Okoli – from Administrator of St. Mary Parish in Hannah to Administrator of St. Patrick Parish in Traverse City.
Reverend Eyob Merin – to Administrator of St. Mary Parish in Hannah.
Deacon Kevin Endres – appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of Gaylord as of May 1, 2019.