SASKATOON — Diocesan administrator Rev. Kevin McGee recently announced a number of parish appointments in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, effective Aug. 1.
During the transitional time of waiting for a new bishop, the diocesan administrator cannot appoint pastors, but is able to name “parochial administrators” in parishes. The new bishop will formalize the appointments once he is in place, said McGee.
Rev. Emile April is retiring as pastor of St. Philip Neri Parish in Saskatoon after 50 years of service in the diocese, including 27 years in the Brazil mission.
Rev. Ephraim Mensah, who is returning from a sabbatical year, has been appointed to St. Philip Neri Parish. Mensah previously served as pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Humboldt.
Rev. Michel Bedard, who has served in the diocese for 43 years, is retiring as pastor of St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish in Biggar and Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Landis.
Deacon Edward Gibney, who will be ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Saskatoon on June 29, has been appointed to the parishes in Biggar and Landis, beginning in August.
Deacon Michael Yaremko, who is also being ordained to the priesthood on June 29, will serve as associate at St. Augustine Parish in Humboldt (with pastor Rev. Joseph Salihu), as of Aug. 1.
Diocesan chancellor Rev. Clement Amofah, who has been serving St. Mary Parish in Lanigan and Holy Rosary Parish in Leroy, will now preside at the Sunday mass at St. Theresa Parish in Asquith.
Rev. Greg Smith-Windsor has been appointed to the Lanigan and Leroy parishes, after serving for the past year as associate pastor in Humboldt.
Don and Bonnie Courchene of St. Mary Parish in Lanigan and Leona Wakelam of Holy Rosary Parish in Leroy will end their time as parish life directors this summer, after having served in those positions for the past four years. “I am deeply grateful for the ministry and leadership they have provided for these communities,” said McGee.
Daniel Pettipas is also leaving his position as parish life director at St. Augustine Parish in Saskatoon. He is beginning a new role as co-ordinator of Evangelization and Adult Faith Formation at St. Anne Parish in Saskatoon, effective June 1.
Rev. Cosmas Epifano, OSB, is leaving parish ministry as pastor of parishes in Bruno and Peterson to live more fully his call to the contemplative life at St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster.
Rev. Pius Schroh, who is presently the pastor at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral in Saskatoon, has been appointed to St. Bruno Parish in Bruno and St. Agnes Parish in Peterson.
Rev. Nestor Silva, OMI, has been appointed to St. Paul Co-Cathedral in Saskatoon. Part of an Oblate mission team in Saskatoon, he has been helping at both St. Paul and at St. Patrick parishes, with a focus on ministry to the Filipino Catholic community in Saskatoon.
“I wish to express my gratitude to all who will be assuming new responsibilities,” said McGee. “I ask the people in parishes where changes are taking place to warmly welcome their new pastoral leaders into their midst.”
McGee also expressed his gratitude to those who are retiring or moving on from parish ministry in the diocese.