REGINA — A retirement, international priests returning to their home countries, and a more active retired archbishop are some of the changes in the clergy appointments for Regina announced by Archbishop Donald Bolen.
Winnipeg Archbishop Emeritus James Weisgerber, who has been living in Regina since his retirement, has agreed to become priest moderator at Regina’s French church, St. Jean Baptiste.
“I look at this as a kind of payback,” said the retired archbishop speaking with the Prairie Messenger. ”Archbishop Michael O’Neil sent me to Ottawa in 1956 to the seminary so I could learn French, and French has been a gift in my life; now I get to serve the French parish for a year.”
As priest moderator, he will be responsible for sacramental ministry: saying masses, administering baptism, hearing confessions, and so on.
Parish life co-ordinator for St. Jean Baptiste, Francine Audy, will continue to look after the paperwork and administrative responsibilities. Weisgerber said he responded to a personal request from the archbishop. “They had no one who could speak French right now,” said Weisgerber. “I’ve enjoyed setting my own schedule — it’s a gift. Whenever you’re involved in a community, the community sets the agenda, so it’s going to be a bit of a challenge, but I think I’m up to it.” The one-year appointment begins Aug. 1.
Weisgerber has a long history with the Regina archdiocese since his ordination to the priesthood June 1, 1963, in Holy Rosary Cathedral. He served in several Regina parishes and at the archdiocese office and served as vicar-general prior to his ordination to the episcopate and appointment as Bishop of Saskatoon in 1996. From Saskatoon, he was appointed to Winnipeg, where he served as archbishop from 2000-2013, when he retired and moved back to Regina.
Rev. Lorne Crozon moves from Holy Rosary Cathedral to become pastor at St. Anne’s and he continues as vicar-general of the archdiocese.
Rev. Peter Pham is appointed pastor of St. Martin de Porres, Regina. He was previously associate pastor for St. Anne’s and St. Martin de Porres parishes. These two parishes will now be maintained separately. Rev. Danilo Rafael moves from Holy Child Parish to become rector of Holy Rosary Cathedral and retains his position as director of personnel. Rev. Brian Meredith returns to the city from St. John the Baptist, Estevan, as pastor of Holy Child.
Rev. Sathiadas Antony departs Christ the King Parish in Regina and takes over St. John the Baptist in Estevan and related rural parishes. Rev. Stephen Bill moves from Resurrection Parish to Christ the King and continues as director of vocations.
Rev. Vitalis Azike leaves St. Mary’s Parish in Regina to become administrator of the parishes of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holdfast; St. Joseph, Craik; and St. Boniface, Dilke. Rev. Ferdinand Eusebio leaves Resurrection Parish, where he was associate pastor, to become administrator of St. Peter’s Parish, Regina.
Rev. Felipe Faustino will become administrator of the parishes of St. Ann, Kennedy; St. Pius, Windthorst; St. Anne, Kipling; and St. Francis Xavier, Wawota. Rev. George Thattuparampil, MST (Missionary Society of St. Thomas the Apostle) leaves St. Joseph in Indian Head to become pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish, Moose Jaw. He will be joined by Rev. Hector Seville, who leaves parishes in Assiniboia to be assistant pastor and resident at St. Joseph. Rev. Rick Krofchek leaves St. Joseph, Moose Jaw, to become pastor at Regina’s Resurrection Parish.
Arpee Urquico will be ordained a priest June 30 in Holy Rosary Cathedral. He has been named associate pastor at Resurrection Parish.
Rev. Ed Hengen comes to St. Mary’s, Regina, from St. Joseph, Balgonie, and Rev. Francis Hengen leaves St. Gerard, Yorkton, to become pastor of the parishes of St. Joseph, Indian Head; St. Columbkille, Grenfell; Immaculate Conception, Qu’Appelle; St. Anne, Wolseley; and St. Mary on Carry-the-Kettle Reserve.
Rev. Adelberto Lillo leaves St. Joseph, Moose-Jaw, where he was associate pastor, to become administrator of the parishes of Our Lady of Sorrows, Fort Qu’Appelle; St. John, Balcarres; Sacred Heart, Lebret; Mary Immaculate on the File Hills Reserve; Our Lady of Light on Standing Buffalo Reserve; and the reserves of Pepekisis, Okanese, Star Blanket, Little Black Bear and Pasqua.
Rev. Rerne Mangahas remains as administrator of St. Joseph’s Parish, Whitewod.
Rev. Louis Kim Nguyen moves from Fort Qu’Appelle to St. Gerard, Yorkton. Rev. Thuy Nguyen leaves Holy Family Parish in Regina, where he was associate pastor, to become pastor of the parishes of Holy Family, Radville; St. Michael, Bengough; St. Joseph, Ceylon; St. Eugene, Minton; Holy Angels, Pangman; and St. Blaise, Lake Alma.
Rev. Paul Mau Nguyen leaves Holy Rosary Cathedral in Regina, where he was associate pastor, to become pastor of St. Joseph Langenburg; St. Mary, Churchbridge; and St. Patrick, Spy Hill. Rev. John Baptist Okai leaves St. Peter’s, Regina, to become pastor of St. Joseph, Balgonie; St. Agnes, Pilot Butte; and St. Peter, Kronau.
Rev. James Olowagba becomes pastor of Our Lady of Peace, Regina, and continues as chancellor of the archdiocese. He now has just a short walk across the parking lot from his office in the Chancery to his parish church.
Rev. Anthony Pangan, SSS (Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament) remains pastor of Holy Family, Regina.
Rev. Gary Lindenbach will retire July 31. He was pastor for St. Anne’s and St. Martin de Porres parishes, and has served in a variety of other parishes since his ordination in 1989. He intends to retire in Regina.
Rev. Anthony Moduthagam will return to his home diocese in India, but hopes to return to Regina in the future. Rev. Carlos Jimenez, SVD, was recalled by his superior general to the Community of the Society of the Divine Word, North American Province. He will leave Regina at the end of July.
And it seems that the prayers for vocations are paying off, as the Regina archdiocese has nine seminarians in various stages of their journey to the priesthood. This is the largest number of seminarians since the 1950s. Seven are at St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton, one is studying in Rome, and another is at St. Philip’s Seminary in Toronto. Of the nine, five are advanced enough in their studies that the archbishop has announced internship assignments for them effective Sept. 1.
Van Chinh (Joseph) Vu will serve at St. Anne in Regina; Parker Love will serve at Resurrection Parish; Buu Phung (Anthony) Tran will serve at St. Cecelia; Ricardo Escalante will be at Holy Trinity but will live at St. Cecelia rectory.
In addition to his parish assignment, effective Aug. 1 as associate pastor at Resurrection Parish, Arpee Urquico will be on call for hospital sacramental ministry when the priest chaplain is away. Urquico will be ordained to the priesthood on June 30 at Holy Rosary Cathedral.
Bolen has also announced additional clergy moves effective Sept. 1. Rev. Mieczslaw (Mitch) Burdzy, OMI, has been reassigned by his community to Holy Rosary Parish in Edmonton, and Rev. Andrzej Sowa, OMI, will take his place at St. Henry’s Parish, Melville. Rev. Marcin Mironiuk, OMI, is also moving to Edmonton to become pastor of Our Lady Queen of Poland Parish, and Rev. Michael Pojak, OMI, will replace him at St. Patrick Parish, Sturgis.