SASKATOON — Four priests from Africa were welcomed to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon at a eucharistic celebration June 21 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon.
Bishop Donald Bolen was joined by several priests of the diocese, as well as Rev. Richard Doll, OMI (who will be serving as pastor in Vanscoy and Delisle), in celebrating the mass of welcome with the four recently arrived priests, who will be serving in diocesan parishes as of July 1.
Rev. Anthony Atter of the Diocese of Obuasi in Ghana will serve as pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Lake Lenore, St. Ann Parish in Annaheim, and St. Gregory Parish in St. Gregor.
Rev. Francis Akomeah of the Diocese of Konongo-Mapong in Ghana will serve as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Watson, Guardian Angels Parish in Englefeld, and St. Catherine Parish in Quill Lake.
Rev. Augustine Osei-Bonsu of the Diocese of Konongo-Mapong in Ghana will serve as associate pastor of St. Anne’s Parish in Saskatoon, with Rev. Matthew Ramsay serving as pastor.
Rev. Charles Nweze of the Archdiocese of Onitsha in Nigeria, will serve as associate pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Saskatoon, with Rev. Darryl Millette serving as pastor.
A fifth priest from Africa, Jean Baptiste Murhumwa of Congo, arrived later in the week. He will serve as pastor of Sts-Martyrs-Canadiens, the Francophone parish in Saskatoon.
The bishop has also recently announced a number of additional pastoral appointments and changes, following earlier memos about appointments released across the diocese.
Rev. Ulysses Cacho of the Phillipines, who was to be associate pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Saskatoon, will not be coming to Canada because of changes in his home diocese, said Bolen. As well, Rev. Binu Rathappillil, VC, of the Marymatha Province in India was not able to obtain a visa to travel to Canada as planned this June.
“After much prayer and discernment Rev. Martin Vuni has decided to return to his home diocese in South Sudan, effective early July,” said Bolen.
As previously announced, Rev. Jon Hansen, CSsR, who has served as pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Saskatoon, has moved to Inuvik in the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith. In consultation with the Redemptorist provincial, Rev. Mark Miller, CSsR, the bishop has appointed Rev. Ciro Perez, CSsR, as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Saskatoon for a one-year term, with Rev. Steve Morrisey, CSsR, continuing as associate pastor. Perez will also continue to provide pastoral ministry to the Spanish community in Saskatoon and Morrisey will also serve as priest-moderator to the Trinity pastoral region of Vonda, St. Denis and Prud’homme.
Rev. Les Paquin has moved into St. Joseph’s Home in Saskatoon to receive a higher level of care for ongoing health problems.
Rev. Modestus Ngwu, OP, will continue as chaplain at the Regional Psychiatric Centre and he will also serve as chaplain for Bethlehem and Bishop Murray high schools in Saskatoon.
Seminarian Michael Yaremko will be serving a year of internship at the Cathedral of the Holy Family Parish in Saskatoon beginning August 15, under the leadership of pastor Rev. David Tumback. Rev. Gregory Smith-Windsor, who was ordained June 19, will serve as associate pastor at Holy Family.
Deacon Cosmas Epifano, OSB, will be ordained to the priesthood July 16 at St. Augustine’s Parish in Humboldt, where he will serve as associate pastor with pastor Rev. Ephraim Mensah.
A number of additional changes were also recently announced for parishes in the diocese. Effective July 1, Sacred Heart Parish in Liebenthal has moved to the Leader cluster of parishes, including Little Flower Leader and Sacred Heart in Lancer, with Rev. Lawrence DeMong, OSB, serving as pastor.
“After consultation with pastoral leadership and the parish pastoral council at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Prelate, and after consultation with the Council of Priests, the decision has been taken to close the parish in Prelate,” said Bolen. “Diminishing numbers and financial challenges were among the factors leading to the decision.” St. Francis parishioners will join Little Flower Parish in Leader.
St. Anne Parish in Delisle will be dormant for the next three years, and will re-evaluate their viability at the end of the period, said the bishop. As previously announced, St. Theresa Parish in Asquith and St. Francis Parish in Vanscoy will continue with Rev. Richard Doll, OMI, as pastor.