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Pastoral Appointments Update – 3/14

March 15th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

Appointments so far, to take place by June:

Charlotte Bruney from Pastoral Administrator of St. Vincent De Paul (Churchville) to Pastoral Administrator of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Brockport).
Fr. John Gathenya from Parochial Administrator of Our Lady of the Snow (Cato, Port Byron, Weedsport) to Parochial Administrator or Pastor of Holy Family (Auburn). Fr. Gathenya replaces Fr. Michael Conboy, presently serving as Parochial Administrator.
Irene Goodwin from Pastoral Administrator of St. Mary of the Assumption to Pastoral Administrator of St. Mary of the Assumption/St. Vincent De Paul/St. Columba.
Fr. Timothy Horan from Parochial Vicar of Blessed Kateri (Irondequoit) to Pastor of Holy Trinity (Webster).
Fr. Robert Kennedy from Pastor of Blessed Sacrament (Rochester) to Pastor of Blessed Sacrament/St. Boniface and priestly duties at St. Mary downtown (Rochester).
Fr. William Michatek from Pastor of Holy Trinity (Webster) to retirement.
Fr. Kevin Murphy from Pastor of St. Louis (Pittsford) to retirement.

If you notice an error, or have information about an appointment not listed here, please contact us at:

I am refraining from adding ‘Fr. Robert Ring to St. Louis’ until I receive notice of some official announcement from the pulpit, bulletin, or otherwise.

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8 Responses to “Pastoral Appointments Update – 3/14”

  1. curious says:

    Just wondering how does The DOR offer the women Pastoral Administrators a higher salary than a priest is allowed, allow them to live in the rectory and pay for all of their meals and essentials? On top of that they now have the additional salary of the Sacramental Minister to add to their payroll. Who will Charlotte call in the middle of the night when someone at Lakeside or the nursing home needs to be annointed? Why were the priests who applied to BVM turned down in favor of a woman? We need to continue to pray for our diocese.

  2. Dr. K says:

    Anon 9:42 – This is exactly what happened at St. Anne in the city. The people spoke with a member of the personnel board (I believe Fr. Palumbos) and were basically assured that they would get a priest pastor. So much for that…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Interesting enough in Bishop Clark’s book Forward in Hope…..Charlotte Bruney addresses not being able to find a priest to annoint someone when they were in need of annointing!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    The appointing of Charlotte Bruney to Nativity BVM Church is a total dissapointment.
    What have we done to deserve this?

  5. militia says:

    In my opinion, it is going to take laity walking out of their churches when a lay administrator is appointed. Staying in place is just condoning something very wrong. And if the new bishop arrives to find that is what has happened, he will have easy decisions to make. We have to start now. My soul needs a priest!

  6. UPSET says:

    Knowing that 2 priest applyed, we get CHARLOTTE BURNEY, a lay person, instead to Nativity BVM?
    There is definetly something wrong with this picture!!!!!

  7. Dr. K says:

    Who were the priests that applied?

  8. UPSET says:

    Dr. K, I will limit myself by saying that they have not been assigned to their new position yet.

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