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Clergy Appointments


August 31, 2020

Clergy Appointments

Bishop Walter Hurley, the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Gaylord, has announced the following appointments:

Rev. Wayne Dziekan is appointed to full time Hispanic Ministry/Advocacy while continuing as sacramental minister at St. Helen Parish, St. Helen, as well as to the Hispanic Community. He is relieved of his assignment as Director of the Secretariat for Peace and Justice. This appointment is effective August 26, 2020.

Rev. Matthew Furgiuele is appointed Administrator of St. Joseph Parish in East Jordan as well as continuing work with the Diocesan Tribunal and as Assistant Chancellor with responsibilities for Diocesan Archives. This appointment is effective September 2, 2020. 

Deacon Brent Hemker is appointed Administrator of St. James Parish, Whittemore; St. Stephen Parish, Skidway Lake; and St. Pius X Parish, Hale, effective immediately.

Rev. Elias Chinzara is appointed temporary Sacramental Minister at St. James Parish, Whittemore; St. Stephen Parish, Skidway Lake; and St. Pius X Parish, Hale until other arrangements are made. This appointment is effective immediately. Father Chinzara will receive a future assignment in discussion with the Bishop of Mutare, his diocese of incardination.

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