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Priest Assignments 2019

May 22nd, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

NOTICE: The Diocese of Rochester has now published a list of the new pastoral assignments and Abaccio reports it can be found here:  https://catholiccourier.com/articles/bishop-salvatore-r-matano-announces-pastoral-appointments-for-2019-20

We will now shut down further comments on this post ‘as is,’ and suggest those interested in more information can refer to the Diocesan link.http://www.cleansingfire.org/2019/05/priest-assignments-2019/

June 16 Bulletin:  Note: although we hadn’t expected to add further there is an item missing from the diocesan announcements, but which appeared only on June 16 in the St. Louis Bulletin. Temporary administrator Fr. Bob Kennedy has written:  “… another word on Father Bob Ring. He has been back in the diocese for a couple of weeks now, and is awaiting an assignment from Bishop Matano. In my conversations with him, he seems to have benefitted greatly from his time away, and is eager to return to ministry full-time. The prayers, cards and letters sent his way by many of you have gone far in helping his good spirits and the healing he is seeking. Thank you for continuing to minister to him.Christ’s peace to you, Father Bob Kennedy”

If you know of DoR Priest Assignments beginning July, 2019, please add a comment to the post. What we have so far is confirmation that Fr. Bob Kennedy is leaving St. Louis in Pittsford the week of June 25th, that Fr. Paul English will be leaving St. Kateri in Irondequoit at the end of June, that Fr. Tom Mull has been reappointed to a second 6-year term as pastor at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Geneva, and that Fr. John Gathenya will continue in his current assignment as pastor of Holy Family Parish in Auburn, and add also responsibility as pastor of  St. Alphonsus Parish  in Auburn, and Sacred Heart Parish in Auburn, and its mission of St. Ann in Owasco.

Fr. Lance Gonyo will go from St. Rita’s in Webster to St. Kateri Tekakwitha churches in Irondequoit. Fr. Dennis Bonsignore will remain as Chaplain of The Latin Mass Community at St. Thomas the Apostle, still part of St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish.

St. Louis in Pittsford will have a fascinating priestly leadership group with strong international flavor. The new pastor is Fr. Mitchell Zygadlo, a native of Poland, retired as Catholic chaplain after 20 years in the USAF.  (He has been serving as administrator of Blessed Trinity and St. Patrick’s in Owego). Fr. Hoan Din is named parochial vicar to St. Louis, after being pastor of St. Matthew Parish in Livonia and St. Mary’s in Honeoye. Fr. Juan Benitez  from Colombia will continue for another year as parochial vicar. Msgr. Krieg continues in residence and in great assistance. One oddity of the announcement was outgoing Fr. Bob Kennedy’s gloomy reflection on the continued shortage of priests (“… parishes will continue to cluster and close” he writes). One wonders about trust in the Holy Spirit! “What can you do?” he asks, and among his answers:More broadly, we can lobby for new models of parish administration (does it have to be a priest?), or we can ask about the qualifications of who can be ordained (does it have to be celibate males only?) or develop new and alternative forms of ministry.”  What an unfortunate parting swipe for  lay unrest! “[W]e can lobby….”  Yikes!

From a part-time parochial vicar role at Assumption in Fairport to Our Lady of Peace Parish in Geneva, NY, goes Fr. Carlos Sanchez as full-time parochial vicar at Francis de Sales  and St. Stephen’s Churches. The new full-time Parochial Vicar at Assumption will be Fr. Sriram Kumar Sadhanala. He is 35 years old, ordained 9 years, and currently lives in India. He is a member of a religious community of priests known as the Heralds of Good News (HGN).

 

Great Work by Abaccio ferreting out so much information on additional priest appointments. It is posted as a comment but, in order that it not be missed, it is also being added to this post:

Per the Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick Bulletin of 5/26, “Fr. Anthony Amato has received a new assignment. He will be the Parochial Vicar at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Ontario, NY and Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, Macedon, NY.” [Maxmilian Kolbe Parish currently includes St. Mary of the Lake, Epiphany in Sodus and Mission of St. Rose in Sodus Point and St. Katharine Drexel Parish includes two churches — St. Patrick in Macedon and St. Anne in Palmyra].

“We have learned that Fr. Jeffrey R. Galens will be the new Pastor of Blessed Trinity and Saint Patrick Parishes.” Google tells me that Father Galens is presently the pastor of St. Patrick in Armonk, NY. [And well thought of locally, as he also is a Rochester area native.]

Fr. Jeffrey Tunnicliff notes in the St. Michael, Newark bulletin of 5/26 that “As announced last weekend, we received official word from the diocese that we will be implementing the regional plan and become a cluster of three parishes along with St. Joseph the Worker (Lyons/Clyde/Savannah) and the Catholic Community of the Blessed Trinity (Wolcott/Red Creek/Fair Haven). The changes will be effective Tuesday, June 25th.” Blessed Trinity is presently served by Father Michael Upson, and St. Joseph is presently served by Fr. David Tedesche. 

Fr. Peter Mottola has been appointed to the office of pastor for a six year term at St. John the Evangelist in Spencerport. Fr. Peter Van Lieshout has been appointed to the office of pastor for a six year term at St. Peter Parish (Phelps, Clifton Springs, and Shortsville). Fr. Michael Costik has been appointed to the office of pastor for a six year term at St. Benedict (Canandaigua/Bloomfield). All three had been Pastoral Administrators at the same locations.

Incidentally, I [Abaccio] highly recommend Father Mottola’s bulletin articles each week.

 

Thank you to Interstate Catholic for two more assignments:

Fr. Tim Niven to Pastor, St. Rita in Webster.
Fr. Michael Upson to interim administrator of St. Christopher in Chili.

 

More News coming from various sources:

Fr. William Laird, Pastor of St. Katherine Drexel, will move to Livonia, NY as Pastor of St. Matthew, and St. Mary’s in Honeoye.

Father David Tedesche, currently pastor of St. Joseph the Worker [St. Michael in Lyons, St. John in Clyde, and St. Patrick in Savannah] will add responsibility for the Catholic Community of the Blessed Trinity [St. Jude Chapel in Fairhaven, St. Mary Magdalene in Wolcott, and St. Thomas the Apostle in Red Creek.]

Fr. Mike Mayer from St. Rita’s in Webster to St. Boniface / St. Mary’s (downtown).

Fr. Felician from St. Boniface / St. Mary’s downtown to Catholic chaplain at Strong Memorial, Highland and Unity Hospitals.

 

Where are the two new ordinands being assigned?

Expected to be ordained on June 1st are the transitional deacons Rev. Mr. Dan White and Rev. Mr. Matthew Walter.  The new “Father” White is being assigned to Blessed Trinity in Owego, where Father Amato has been since his ordination in 2017. The new “Father” Matthew Walter is expected to become the parochial vicar in Father David Tedesche’s expanded pastorship of six sites.

 

NOTE:  Although most of the pastor appointments are for the “standard” six years (the period associated with the canonical rights which are specific to a pastor) in some but not all cases ‘credit’ may be given for years already served. In practice, therefore, the actual term being conveyed may be six years minus ‘time already served’.

Please only comment with new information if you are sure, have spoken to the priest or read confirmation in a Church bulletin, or other reliable source. No speculation or rumors, please!

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7 Responses to “Priest Assignments 2019”

  1. avatar Interstate Catholic says:

    If Auburn is going by their pastoral plan, Fr. Gathenya will have a parochial vicar to assist him.
    The 5:00 Sunday mass at St. Alphonsus will become a regional mass shared by all the priests in the planning group.

  2. avatar Abaccio says:

    Per the Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick Bulletin of 5/26,

    “Fr. Anthony Amato has received a new assignment. He will be the Parochial Vicar Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Ontario, NY and Saint Katherine Drexel Parish, Macedon, NY”

    “We have learned that Fr. Jeffrey R. Galens will be the new Pastor of Blessed Trinity and Saint Patrick Parishes” Google tells me that Father Galens is presently the pastor of St. Patrick in Armonk, NY.

    Fr. Tunnicliff notes in the St. Michael, Newark bulletin of 5/26 that “As announced last weekend, we received official word from the diocese that we will be implementing the regional plan and become a cluster of three parishes along with St. Joseph the Worker (Lyons/Clyde/Savannah) and the Catholic Community of the Blessed Trinity (Wolcott/Red Creek/Fair Haven). The changes will be effective Tuesday, June 25th” Blessed Trinity is presently served by Father Michael Upson, and St. Joseph is presently served by Fr. David Tedesche. One wonders whether we might see that reduced from three priests to two moving forward. It would be difficult to do so without closing a “worship site” or two.

    Fr. Mottola has been appointed to the office of pastor for a six year term at St. John in Spencerport. Fr. Van Lieshout has been appointed to the office of pastor for a six year term at St. Peter Parish (Phelps, Clifton Springs, and Manchester). Fr. Costik has been appointed to the office of pastor for a six year term at St. Benedict (Canandaigua/Bloomfield). All three had been Pastoral Administrators at the same locations.

    Incidentally, I highly recommend Father Mottola’s bulletin articles each week.

  3. avatar christian says:

    We received news of Fr. Lance Goya’s appointment as the new pastor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish from Fr. Evan Simington, parochial victor od St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish and Pastor of the Fellowship of St. Alban (which meets at St. Ceclia Church of St. kateri Tekakwitha Parish). Fr. Evan Simington told us that there will also be a priest from the religious order, the Herald of Good News, being appointed as a parochial vicar at the same time, but his name was not yet known.

    This information was additionally printed in Fr. Paul English’s column in the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish Bulletin.

    “I was told by Fr. Paul Tomasso, Vicar General of the diocese that Fr. Lance will be accompanied by a parochial vicar, a priest of the religious order, the Heralds of the Good News. I have not yet learned his name. But it is good to know that the diocese supports the parish with two full-time priests and with the continued, invaluable service of Fr. Evan Simington, whose commitment to Saint Kateri and to the Fellowship of St. Alban continues as it has before.”

  4. avatar Interstate Catholic says:

    Fr. Tim Niven to Pastor, St. Rita in Webster.
    Fr. Michael Upson to interim administrator of St. Christopher in Chili.

  5. avatar christian says:

    I was rather to surprised to find out per your article, that Fr. Mike Mayer is being transferred to St. Boniface/St. Mary parish after only being a year at St. Rita’s parish.

  6. avatar Diane Harris says:

    Perhaps it is related to Fr. Lance Gonyo’s moving from St. Rita’s to St. Kateri? or to Fr. Tim Niven’s coming to St. Rita’s as pastor? Take a very close look at the Courier article, and the domino effects. There are some exhilarating decisions, and a few very scary ones. That is why it is now proper to close down this post for further comment. Thank you to everyone who submitted information and to those who participated in the search for information!


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