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Priest and deacon assignments announced

06-06-2017

The Reverend Monsignor Michael P. Shugrue, Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Raleigh, conveys the following Priest and Deacon assignments, as well as announcements.

Effective June 1, 2017

Reverend Christopher J. Ryan, S.J., a priest of the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Saint Raphael the Archangel Parish, Raleigh.

Effective June 27, 2017

Administrators

Kindly note that until a new Bishop of Raleigh is appointed by the Holy Father and prior to one year after the See is vacant, the Diocesan Administrator may only appoint Administrators to parish priestly ministry. Pastors being given a new term of six years may only thus be appointed as an Administrator.

Reverend Michael J. Burbeck, Parochial Vicar at Saint Mark Parish, Wilmington, is appointed Administrator of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Ahoskie, and its Mission of Saint Anne, Scotland Neck, and Administrator of Holy Trinity Parish, Williamston.

Reverend Edward J. Burch, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Pinehurst, retires from active priestly ministry and is appointed Administrator of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Raleigh, for a one-year term.

Reverend P. Nicholas Cottrill, Parochial Vicar at Saint Peter Parish in Greenville, is appointed Administrator of Holy Family Parish, Elizabeth City, and its Mission, Saint Katharine Drexel, Maple.

Reverend John J. Forbes, Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Raleigh, is appointed Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Pinehurst.

Very Reverend John V. Gournas, V.F., Pastor of Holy Family Parish in Elizabeth City and its Mission, Saint Katharine Drexel, Maple, Vicar Forane (Dean) of the Albemarle Deanery, is appointed Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Southport.

Reverend J. William Long, Pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Ahoskie, and its Mission of Saint Anne, Scotland Neck, Administrator of Holy Trinity Parish, Williamston, is appointed Administrator of Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish, Apex.

Very Reverend Scott E. McCue, V.F., Pastor of Saint Thomas More Parish, Chapel Hill, Diocesan Delegate for Scouting and Vicar Forane (Dean) of the Piedmont Deanery is appointed Administrator of Saint Thomas More Parish, Chapel Hill.

Reverend Joseph G. Mulroney, Priest Chaplain to the Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Community at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro, is appointed as Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Dunn.

Reverend Thanh N. Nguyen, Pastor of Saint Matthew Parish, Durham, is appointed Administrator of Saint Matthew Parish, Durham.

Reverend Monsignor Douglas P. Reed, Pastor of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, Cary, is appointed Administrator of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, Cary.

Reverend Trent L. Watts, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Southport, is appointed Administrator of Saint Therese Parish, Wrightsville Beach.

Parochial Vicars

Reverend Fernando Melendez Castañeda, Priest of the Diocese of Chimbote (Peru), is appointed Parochial Vicar at Saint Mark Parish, Wilmington.

Reverend Thomas S. Duggan, Assistant Principal for Spiritual Life at Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh, attending summer studies in Canon Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Infant of Prague Parish, Jacksonville.

Reverend Ryan W. Elder, Parochial Vicar at Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, Cary, attending summer studies in Liturgy at Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary and University in Mundelein, Illinois, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Saint Bernadette Parish, Fuquay-Varina.

Reverend James J. Magee, III, ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 2017, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Wake Forest.

Reverend Joseph Kalu Oji, C.S.Sp., Priest Campus Minister at North Carolina Central University and Chaplain to the Igbo and Nigerian Catholic Community, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, Cary, and remains as Chaplain to the Igbo and Nigerian Catholic Community.

Reverend Alberto Ortega, Parochial Vicar at Saint Ann Parish in Clayton, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Holy Family Parish, Elizabeth City, and its Mission, Saint Katharine Drexel, Maple.

Reverend Edisson De Jesus Urrego Restrepo, ordained to the Priesthood on June 3, 2017, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, Cary.

Reverend Ian C. Van Heusen, Parochial Vicar at Saint Bernadette Parish, Fuquay- Varina, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Saint Peter Parish, Greenville and Priest Campus Minister at East Carolina University, Greenville.

Reverend Amaro Vasquez, Parochial Vicar at Holy Family Parish, Elizabeth City, and its Mission, Saint Katharine Drexel, Maple, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Saint Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, Garner.

Other Priestly Ministry Assignments

Reverend Romen A. Acero, Pastor of Saint Gabriel Parish, Greenville, is additionally appointed Priest Chaplain at Saint John Paul II High School, Greenville, effective June 27, 2017.

Reverend Jeffrey A. Bowker, Parochial Vicar at Infant of Prague Parish in Jacksonville, is appointed to Priest Chaplain to the Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Community at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro, effective, June 27, 2017.

Reverend Daniel D. Oschwald, Administrator at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Mission, Cary, is additionally appointed Priest Chaplain at Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh, effective June 27, 2017.

Reverend Paul M. Parkerson, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Dunn, is granted a sabbatical, effective June 27, 2017.

Reverend Rafael A. Leon-Valencia, completing full-time studies in Canon Law at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, is assigned as Priest in Residence at Saint Ann Parish, Clayton, and the Diocesan Tribunal at the Catholic Center, Raleigh, effective August 14, 2017.

Deacon Appointment

Deacon Alexander Vincent, Deacon at Saint Francis de Sales Parish in Lumberton, is appointed Deacon at Saint Mary Catholic Church, Laurinburg, effective June 27, 2017.

Effective July 1, 2017

Reverend Archie M. Tacay, C.I.C.M., a Priest of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary-Missionhurst, is appointed Administrator of Saint Eugene Parish, Wendell.

Announcements

Reverend Monsignor Michael P. Shugrue expresses his sincere appreciation to the each of the following priests for their many years of faithful and generous priestly ministry in the Diocese of Raleigh.

Reverend Edward J. Burch, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Pinehurst, retiring from active priestly ministry and is appointed Administrator of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Raleigh, for a one-year term, effective June 27, 2017.

Reverend David E. Fitzgerald, S.A., Pastor of Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish, Apex, retiring from active priestly ministry, effective June 27, 2017.

Reverend Joseph G. Vetter, Pastor of Saint Therese Parish, Wrightsville Beach, retiring from active priestly ministry, effective June 27, 2017.

Additionally, Reverend Michael P. Shugrue expresses his gratitude to each of the following priests concluding their assignment to priestly ministry in the Diocese of Raleigh.

Reverend William G. Quigley, C.I.C.M., concluding his assignment as Director and Campus Minister at the Catholic Student Center at East Carolina University, Greenville, and as Administrator of Saint Eugene Parish, Wendell, effective June 27, 2017.

Reverend Jaime Perez Restrepo, concluding his assignment as Parochial Vicar at Saint Mary, Mother of the Church in Garner and returning to priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Medellin, Colombia, effective June 27, 2017.