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New Priest Appointments Announced

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Official Announcements

The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, announces the following priest assignments and announcements.

Effective June 27, 2013

Diocesan Appointments

Rev. Bill John Acosta Escobar, Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, Kinston, is appointed Director of Vocations and Seminarian Formation.

Very Rev. Justin Kerber, C.P., V.F., Pastor of Saint Peter Parish, Greenville is appointed Rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Raleigh.

Rev. Don E. Maloney, Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Raleigh is assigned to sacred studies in the Spanish language with residence at Saint Mary of the Angels Parish, Mount Olive.

Rev. Joseph G. Mulroney, JCL is appointed a Diocesan Judge of the Tribunal.

Rev. Joseph K. Oji, Parochial Vicar of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, Cary and Chaplain to the Igbo Catholic Community at Saint Joseph Parish, Raleigh, will remain as Chaplain and is additionally appointed Priest Campus Minister at North Carolina Central University.

Rev. William L. Pitts, Pastor of Saint Anne Parish, Edenton, is additionally appointed Vicar Forane (Dean) of the Albemarle Deanery.

Rev. Bernard E. Shlesinger, Director of Vocations and Seminarian Formation for the Diocese of Raleigh, is appointed Spiritual Director for Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia.

Rev. Edward R. Wolanski, C.P., Parochial Vicar of Saint Peter Parish Greenville, is appointed Vice Rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Raleigh.

Rev. Gregory P. Lowchy, Pastor of Saint Therese Parish, Wilson, is additionally appointed Vicar Forane (Dean) of the Tar River Deanery.

New Pastors and Administrators

Very Rev. S. James Buchholz, V.F., Pastor of Holy Family, Elizabeth City and the mission of Saint Katherine Drexel, Maple is appointed Pastor of Saint Peter Parish, Greenville.

Rev. Brendan J. Buckler, Parochial Vicar of Saint Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, is appointed Administrator of Mother of Mercy Parish, Washington.

Rev. Arturo Cabra, Pastor of Mother of Mercy, Washington is appointed Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, Kinston.

Rev. J. Victor Gournas, Parochial Vicar of St. Paul Parish, New Bern is appointed Pastor of Holy Family Parish, Elizabeth City and the mission of Saint Katherine Drexel, Maple.

Rev. William J. Long, Pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Ahoskie and the mission of Saint Anne, Scotland Neck, is additionally appointed Administrator of Holy Trinity Parish, Williamston.

Very Rev. Daniel D. Oschwald, Rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral, is appointed Pastor of Saint Paul Parish, New Bern and Saint Peter the Fisherman mission, Oriental.

Pastor Reappointments

Rev. Msgr. Jeffrey A. Ingham, V.F., is granted a one-year extension as Pastor of Saint Anthony Parish, Southern Pines.

Rev. Paul M. Parkerson is granted a one-year extension as Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Dunn.

Rev. C. Timberlake Meares is reappointed to a second six-year term as Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Rocky Mount and Immaculate Conception mission, Rocky Mount.

Rev. Msgr. Michael P. Shugrue is reappointed to a second six-year term as Pastor of Saint Patrick Parish, Fayetteville.

Rev. William H. Rodriguez is reappointed to a second six-year term as Pastor of Saints Mary and Edward Parish, Roxboro.

Rev. Philip M. Tighe is reappointed to a second six-year term as Pastor of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Wake Forest.

Parochial Vicars

Rev. Salvatore A. Busichio, Parochial Vicar of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, Cary, remains Parochial Vicar at Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, Cary with part-time responsibilities.

Rev. Mr. P. Nicholas Cottrill, upon ordination to the Priesthood, is appointed Parochial Vicar of Saint Peter Parish, Greenville and Spiritual Director to John Paul II Catholic High School, Greenville.

Rev. Mr. Thomas S. Duggan, upon ordination to the Priesthood, is appointed Parochial Vicar of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Wake Forest.

Rev. Mr. Ryan W. Elder, upon ordination to the Priesthood, is appointed Parochial Vicar of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, Cary.

Rev. John J. Grenados, a priest of the Diocese of Caldas (Columbia, South America) is appointed Parochial Vicar of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, Cary.

Rev. Joseph G. Mulroney, JCL is appointed Parochial Vicar of Saint Thomas More Parish, Chapel Hill, and Parochial Vicar of the Newman Catholic Student Center Parish, Chapel Hill with residence at Saint Thomas More Parish, Chapel Hill.

Very Rev. Robert T. Schriber, Vice Rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral is appointed Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Raleigh.

Rev. William J. Upah, in residence at Saint Paul Parish, New Bern, is appointed Parochial Vicar of Saint Paul Parish, New Bern and Saint Peter the Fisherman mission, Oriental.

Residences

Rev. Romen A. Acero, Assistant Principal for Spiritual Life at Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh, will be in residence at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Raleigh.

Rev. Lourduraj Alapaty, Priest Chaplain to Wake Med Hospital, Raleigh, will be in residence at Saint Joseph Parish, Raleigh.

Priests Returning to their Home Diocese

Rev. Martin Restrepo, Minister to the Hispanic Community at St. Michael Cary is returning to the Diocese of Soacha (Colombia, South America). Bishop Burbidge expresses his gratitude to Father Restrepo for his generous priestly ministry to the faithful of the Diocese of Raleigh.