Pastoral Appointments 2015

The Most Reverend William T. McGrattan, Bishop of Peterborough, announces the following pastoral appointments effective July 2, 2015 unless otherwise noted.

Newly Ordained

  • Fr. Eric Mason newly ordained is appointed Associate Pastor of Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Lindsay

New Priests arriving to the Diocese

  • Fr. Alarey Abella, C. PP. S. is appointed Associate Pastor of St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish, Peterborough and to part-time Hospital Chaplaincy at the Peterborough General Hospital.
  • Fr. Paul Hogan incardinated to the Diocese of Peterborough requested and has been granted a return to active pastoral ministry beginning December 1, 2015.
  • Fr. Dominick Mbah, MSP currently at the Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains, Peterborough is appointed Administrator of St. Patrick’s Parish, Kearney.

Pastoral Appointments

  • Fr. John Albao currently Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish, Kearney is appointed Pastor of St. Paul’s Parish, Norwood.
  • Fr. Antonio Barol currently Pastor of St. Alphonsus’ Parish, Wooler and Holy Angels, Brighton is appointed Pastor of St. Joseph’s, Powassan.
  • Fr. Andrew Broda currently Pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Lakefield is appointed Pastor of St. Luke’s Parish, Downeyville.
  • Fr. Craig Cruikshank is appointed Administrator of St. Thomas More Parish, Millbrook with responsibility for part-time ministry while in residence at the Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains, Peterborough in addition to continuing as the Directory of the Office of Youth.
  • Fr. Joseph Devereaux currently Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Keene is appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Hastings.
  • Fr. Randy Foster currently pastor of St. Thomas More Parish, Millbrook is appointed Pastor of St. Anne’s Parish, Peterborough.
  • Msgr. Michael Heffernan currently Pastor of St. Luke’s Parish, Downeyville is appointed Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Keene.
  • Fr. Gerard McMahon currently Pastor of St. Mary the Assumption Parish, Huntsville is appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Port Hope.
  • Fr. Placid Obiji, SMMM currently Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Hastings is appointed Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish, Kinmount.
  • Fr. John Perdue is appointed Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Peterborough, in addition to his responsibilities as Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains, Peterborough.
  • Fr. Asisclo Podelino currently Pastor of St. Joseph’s, Bracebridge is appointed Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Newcastle.
  • Fr. John Rathinaswamy currently Pastor of St. James the Great Parish, MacTier is appointed Pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Huntsville.
  • Fr. Christopher Reynolds currently Pastor of St. Paul’s Parish, Norwood is appointed Pastor of St. Alphonsus’ Parish, Wooler and Holy Angels, Brighton.
  • Fr. Raymond Rick currently Pastor of St. Joseph’s, Douro is appointed Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish, Bracebridge.
  • Fr. Peter Seabrooke currently Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Newcastle has been appointed Chancellor of Temporal Affairs, Chancery Office, Peterborough, and will reside at Immaculate Conception Parish, Peterborough.  He is also appointed to the role of Chaplain for Mount St. Joseph as of September 10, 2015.
  • Fr. Peter Selvaraj currently Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish, Kinmount is appointed Pastor of St. Paul the Apostle, Lakefield.
  • Fr. Sanyatson Seshaiah currently Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Port Hope is appointed Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish, Douro.
  • Fr. Roy Villas currently at St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish, Peterborough is appointed Associate Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish, Bracebridge.
  • Fr. Stan Witczak currently Associate Pastor of Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Lindsay is appointed Associate Pastor of St. Anne’s Parish and serving the Polish Community at Immaculate Conception Parish, Peterborough.

Other

  • Fr. Leo Coughlin will be stepping down from the role of Chaplain for Mount St. Joseph as of September 10, 2015.
  • Fr. Ante Market incardinated in the Diocese of Peterborough is appointed to the Archdiocese of Toronto for completion of his studies in Canon Law and then on pastoral loan to the Archdiocese for a minimum of 12 years.
  • Fr. Damian Smullen requested and has been granted a health leave from active pastoral ministry for an indefinite period of time.

Departing from the Diocese

  • Fr. Adolphus Chukwuka, priest of the Awka Diocese, Anambra State, Nigeria has completed his fidei donum priest mission to Canada and will be reassigned by his Bishop.
  • Fr. Alban Obani, SMMM Associate Pastor at St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish, Peterborough has been reassigned by the Congregation “Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy”.

Permanent Diaconate Appointments

  • Rev. Mr. Bill Radigan is appointed to the Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains, Peterborough.
  • Rev. Mr. Jan Sirek is appointed to St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Huntsville.

Seminarian Pastoral Year Placements

  • Mr. Stephen Decarlo has been assigned to St. Joseph’s Parish, Bowmanville under the supervision of Fr. Paul Massel, effective June 1, 2015 until August 30, 2016.