Diocese reassigns 21 priests; Clergy shortage means doubling up.
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The following correction was published June 9, 2007:
WORCESTER - Monsignor Thomas Sullivan Pulitzer Prize nominee Thomas Sullivan is the author of some eighty short stories and novels.
His work is distinguished by broadly appealing tales of convincing characters in intensely psychological situations that range from thrillers (The Water Wolf had been carrying out his duties as chancellor and director of development for the Diocese of Worcester The Diocese of Worcester is a shared name for several ecclesiastical territories, or dioceses, of Christianity:
Because of an editing error, a story in yesterday's Telegram & Gazette indicated that Monsignor Sullivan had stepped away from his work as chancellor and director of development while on leave.
WORCESTER - The Diocese of Worcester, in its continuing effort to deal with its shortage of clergy, is set to launch a major reorganization that will involve reassigning 21 priests.
Most of the plan, which will be announced today, kicks into operation June 30 and will affect some well-known priests who have held longtime parish assignments.
As part of the redeployment re·de·ploy
tr.v. re·de·ployed, re·de·ploy·ing, re·de·ploys
1. To move (military forces) from one combat zone to another.
2. of clergy, the diocese will also continue "twinning" parishes, or putting a priest in charge A priest in charge is a priest in charge of a parish who does not receive the temporalities of the parish. That is, he or she is not legally responsible for the churches and glebe, simply holds a licence rather than freehold and is not appointed by advowson. of two churches to soften the blow of retirements, illness and deaths within the rapidly dwindling dwin·dle
v. dwin·dled, dwin·dling, dwin·dles
To become gradually less until little remains.
To cause to dwindle. See Synonyms at decrease. priestly ranks.
Two parishes in the city, St. Catherine There are seven St. Catherines:
This devotion is predominantly used in the Roman Catholic Church and also used in the Anglican Church. of Jesus in South Worcester, will be placed under the stewardship of the Rev. George Riddick. Two Southbridge parishes, Notre Dame Notre Dame IPA: [nɔtʁ dam] is French for Our Lady, referring to the Virgin Mary. In the United States of America, Notre Dame and Sacred Heart of Jesus, will be managed by the Rev. Leo-Paul LeBlanc.
Rev. Riddick, the pastor at St. Catherine's, will assume the same duties at Sacred Heart. Rev. LeBlanc, pastor at Notre Dame, will become "administrator" at Sacred Heart.
The diocese began twinning last year.
Though personnel changes are made throughout the year to deal with unforeseen circumstances, the chancery in June usually rotates several priests into new assignments.
This year's number, however, is unusually high.
"There's no question there are more changes this year," said Raymond L. Delisle, diocesan spokesman.
Officials said the shortage of priests was exacerbated because there were no ordinations this year.
There are about 150 priests in active ministry within the diocese, with about 16 serving elsewhere. The diocese has 126 parishes, not counting mission churches, and serves about 350,000 Catholics.
Priests getting new postings include the Rev. Michael P. Bafaro, a longtime activist in the city, who has been pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Ann since 1986. Rev. Bafaro will become a senior priest at Mount Carmel.
Other well-known names include the Rev. George O. Lange, who is retiring as pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist Luke the Evangelist (Hebrew: לוקא; Greek: Λουκᾶς Loukas) was an early Christian who is said by tradition to be the author of both the Gospel of Luke and the Church in Westboro, and the Rev. Steven M. LaBaire, the parish's associate pastor, who is moving to Uxbridge.
Those two priests found themselves immersed in controversy in 2005 when they stated in their parish's bulletin that they did not support the proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriages in Massachusetts, a stance opposing that of the state's Catholic bishops.
Rev. Lange will retire and live at the Southgate retirement community in Shrewsbury; Rev. Labaire will become the pastor at St. Mary's in Uxbridge.
Rev. Labaire's appointment will also fill a void created when the Rev. Paul Doherty was removed from his duties last year, after he confided to church officials that he had "inappropriate sex" with a minor about 30 years ago.
The Rev. Michael Foley This article is about the Australian rugby player. For the Irish footballer, see Michael Foley (footballer).
This article is about the Australian rugby player. For the American guitarist, see Michael Foley (musician). , pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption in Milford, will become the pastor
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tr.v. or·dained, or·dain·ing, or·dains
a. To invest with ministerial or priestly authority; confer holy orders on.
b. To authorize as a rabbi.
2. in 2002, will leave Sacred Heart of Jesus in Gardner to become his associate.
The other appointments made by Bishop Robert J. McManus are:
The Rev. Charles R. Armey, pastor of Sacred Heart in Southbridge, will become pastor of Our Lady of Loreto in Worcester.
The Rev. Rocco Piccolomini, temporary administrator at Our Lady of Loreto, will become pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Ann. He will continue to be director of priest personnel, though he will no longer serve as secretary to the bishop. Mr. Delisle said that position will be filled by a lay person at the chancery.
The Rev. Henry A. Donoghue, pastor at St. George since 1993, will become a senior priest at Blessed Sacrament, and the Rev. Ronald Falco, pastor at St. Anna in Leominster since 1995, will become pastor at St. George.
The Rev. James B. Callahan, pastor of Sacred Heart in Worcester, will become pastor at St. Anna.
The Rev. David E. Doiron, temporary administrator at St. Columba in Paxton, will become the parish's pastor.
The Rev. Daniel Mulcahy, pastor at Good Shepherd Good Shepherd
[N.T.: John 10:11–14]
See : Christ in Linwood since 1994, will replace Rev. Foley at St. Mary in Milford.
The Rev. Thomas Landry will complete his one-year stint as interim executive director of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains to assume the pastor's duties at Good Shepherd.
The Rev. Gerald Dorais, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi in Fitchburg since 1984, will become senior priest at Sacred Heart in Gardner, while the Rev. Emerito Ortiz, an associate at St. John the Evangelist in Clinton, will become pastor at St. Francis in Fitchburg.
The Rev. Michael Lavallee will leave St. Cecilia in Leominster as the associate pastor to take on the same duties at St. John the Evangelist.
Also, Monsignor Thomas Sullivan, who has been on medical leave, will resume (SEE CORRECTION) his duties as chancellor and director of the Office of Development
Effective Aug. 4, the Rev. Edward Michalski will move from his position as administrator at St. Aloysius in Gilbertville and St. Augustine Mission in Wheelwright wheel·wright
One that builds and repairs wheels.
a person whose job is to make and mend wheels
Noun 1. , both in the town of Hardwick, to associate pastor at St. Cecilia in Leominster.
The Rev. Richard Lembo, who has been working in the Diocese of Portland, Maine, for many years, will become pastor of St. Aloysius and St. Augustine.
CUTLINE: Rev. Bafaro