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Pastoral appointments announced for Saskatoon

By Kiply Lukan Yaworski


SASKATOON — Bishop Donald Bolen recently announced a number of retirements, personnel changes and pastoral appointments across the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. Most of the changes take effect July 1.

Rev. Marc Mireau is retiring for health reasons after 45 years of ministry in the diocese, most recently in the Trinité pastoral region of Prud’homme, St. Denis and Vonda. Rev. Steve Morrisey, CSsR, has been appointed priest moderator for the Trinité parishes as of July 1, with Louise Bussière continuing as parish life director.

Rev. Daniel Muyres of St. Peter’s Parish in Muenster is retiring after 54 years of ministry in the abbacy and diocese. Rev. Paul Paproski, OSB, is appointed pastor of the Muenster parish.

Deacon Cosmas Epifano, OSB, who will be ordained to the priesthood July 16 in Humboldt, will serve as associate pastor at St. Augustine’s Parish in Humboldt, with Rev. Ephraim Mensah continuing as pastor.

Rev. Ken Beck, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Saskatoon, is retiring from full-time ministry. Rev. Darryl Millette is appointed pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, with Rev. Charles Nweze of Nigeria to serve as associate pastor.

Sacred Heart Parish in Watson, Guardian Angel Parish in Englefeld, St. Gregory Parish in St. Gregor and St. Catherine Parish in Quill Lake will be served by Rev. Binu Rathappillil, VC, a Vincentian priest from the Marymatha Province in India.

Msgr. Raymond Senger, who has provided 50 years of ministry in the diocese, will be retiring as chaplain at St. Ann’s Senior Citizen’s Village. Rev. Eugene Nwachukwu (presently serving as pastor at Cudworth, Middle Lake and St. Benedict) will be moving into Saskatoon to take the Clinical Pastoral Education course and to serve as chaplain at St. Ann’s Senior Citizen’s Village.

Presently serving as associate pastor at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon, Rev. Colin Roy has been appointed pastor for the parishes at Cudworth, Middle Lake and St. Benedict.

Deacon Greg Smith-Windsor will be ordained to the priesthood June 19 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon. He will serve as associate pastor at the cathedral parish, with Rev. David Tumback continuing as pastor.

After many years of service in the diocese, first on the Redemptorist Mission Team and more recently as a pastoral associate in the Sandhills region of the diocese, Deacon Bob Williston and his wife Joan are moving to Medicine Hat.

Seminarian Ed Gibney will serve a summer internship from Aug. 23 to Sept. 27 in the Fox Valley cluster of parishes served by pastor Rev. Hoang Nguyen.

Little Flower Parish in Leader, Sacred Heart Parish in Lancer, and St. Francis Xavier Parish in Prelate, will be served by Rev. Lawrence DeMong, OSB, as pastor for one year.

Presently serving at Kerrobert, Luseland, Major and Dodsland, Rev. Matthew Ramsay has been appointed pastor of St. Anne’s Parish in Saskatoon, with Rev. Francis Akomeah of Ghana serving as associate pastor for the coming year.

Rev. Daniel Yasinski (who has served the past year as associate pastor at Holy Spirit Parish in Saskatoon), is appointed pastor at Assumption of Our Lady Parish in Kerrobert, Our Lady of Grace Parish in Dodsland, St. Eugene de Mazenod Parish in Luseland, and Immaculate Conception Parish in Major.

Msgr. Matthew Tuffuor-Amoah, who has ministered in the diocese since April 2009 (most recently in the Watrous cluster of parishes), will be returning to his home Archdiocese of Obuasi in Ghana at the end of June. Rev. Richard Meidl, OSB, is appointed pastor at St. Anne Parish in Watrous, St. Pius X Parish in Imperial, St. Anthony Parish in Liberty, and St. Patrick Parish in Young.

Rev. Anthony Atter of Ghana will serve as pastor at the parishes of St. Anthony in Lake Lenore, and St. Anna in Annaheim.

St. George Parish in Naicam will join the cluster served by Rev. Geoffrey Young, including St. Front Parish in Saint Front, Christ the King Parish in Rose Valley, St. Felix Parish in Archerwill, St. Lawrence Parish in Nobleville and St. Athanasius Parish in Perigord.

Mary Queen of Poland Parish in Fosston will join the cluster served by Rev. Emmanuel Banahene, which also includes St. Mary Parish in Wadena, St. Joseph Parish in Kelvington and St. Theresa Parish in Lintlaw.

Russ and Yvonne Powell have completed their term as parish life directors at St. Augustine Parish in Saskatoon. Daniel Pettipas will become the new parish life director for St. Augustine Parish, with Rev. Kevin McGee continuing to serve as priest moderator.

Revs. Bernard de Margerie and Andre Poilievre are retiring as priest moderators at Sts-Martyrs-Canadiens Parish in Saskatoon, where they served with Marie-Jeanne Will as parish life director. Rev. Jean Baptiste Murhumwa of the Democratic Republic of Congo is appointed pastor of Sts-Martyrs-Canadiens.

Rev. Ulysses Cacho of the Philippines will serve as associate pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Saskatoon, joining pastor Rev. Gerard Cooper.

Rev. Richard Doll, OMI, will be pastor at St. Theresa Parish in Asquith and St. Francis Parish in Vanscoy. An announcement regarding St. Anne Parish in Delisle is forthcoming. Doll worked for many years as a missionary in Africa and most recently served in St. Walburg in the Prince Albert diocese.

Rev. Jon Hansen, CSsR, will complete his assignment at St. Mary’s Parish in Saskatoon effective May 31. The Redemptorist Provincial has assigned Hansen to the diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith and will announce the replacement for St. Mary’s in the near future.

Rev. Gerard Dewan has retired from active ministry for health reasons. He will continue to provide spiritual direction and offer prayer and spiritual support within the diocese.

Trinity Manor and Samaritan Place care home will be served by Oblates of Mary Immaculate who reside at Trinity Manor in Stonebridge, Saskatoon.

Rev. Ken Forster, provincial of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, has assigned three Oblates to Saskatoon: Rev. Mike Dechant, OMI (details of his assignment are forthcoming); Rev. Mark Blom, OMI (who will serve as chaplain to St. Thomas More College part time and continue to serve the Oblates as vocations director); and Rev. Nestor Silva, OMI (who will be serving within the Filipino community in Saskatoon and will also minister in other areas).

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