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

  1. avatar 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. avatar Anonymous says:

    Those are excellent questions, but Buffalo Rd. will never answer them! Priests are not important in the DOR.

  3. avatar Anonymous says:

    Why does the DOR send a representative to speak to the Parish Council, take all their recommendations, assure them that there are priests available due to the clustering of parishes, and then do the complete opposite of what the Council recommended? This whole thing reeks of church politics, self-glorification, and lies! Is it that important to replace priests with lay people? Is it worth it in the end? How can these people live with themselves – and I mean the lay ones who apply and the leaders who appoint? I suppose they will understand when they are ill and, because of their selfish decisions, no priest will be available for them! It only affects people when it hits home, and I hope they get a taste of their own medicine!

  4. avatar 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…

  5. avatar Anonymous says:

    Fr. McGrath is the current Pastor of St. Columba in Caledonia. Why wasn’t HE appointed Pastor of the new “cluster”? Oh, wait, NOW I remember… Fr. McGrath is a HOLY ORTHODOX PRIEST! Why would the diocese ever appoint him when they can appoint a lay woman?!

  6. avatar 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!!

  7. avatar Anonymous says:

    Charlotte Bruney was sent to our parish to discuss what we wanted from a new “pastoral leader.” She was told in no uncertain terms that we wanted a priest. HINT: it’s one of the parish clusters you listed.

  8. avatar Anonymous says:

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

  9. avatar Anonymous says:

    I can’t help but be encouraged by the “countdown clock” on this site. The face of every “lay administrator” could be put on it… KEEP PRAYING!!!

  10. avatar 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!

  11. avatar 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!!!!!

  12. avatar Dr. K says:

    Who were the priests that applied?

  13. avatar 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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