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Bishop Appoints Council of Priests’ Leadership

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Upon election by the Council of Priests, Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge has re-appointed Father Joseph G. Vetter to the position of Chairman of the Diocese of Raleigh Council of Priests. Father Vetter is Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry and Campus Minister at Duke University. Father John E. McGee, O.S.F.S., Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Wilmington, has been appointed to the position of Vice-Chairman.  Father Daniel D. Oschwald, Rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh, will serve as Secretary.

The Council of Priests consists of the eight Deans of the Diocese, the College of Consultors, five Ex-Officio members, and seven priests elected by the Presbyterate; five Diocesan priests and two from the Religious Orders. When elected, the At-Large Members are then appointed by the Bishop. Several Council Members hold two designations.

Chairman: Reverend Joseph G. Vetter

Deans:

  • Very Reverend Robert Benko, O.F.M., Conv., V.F.
  • Very Reverend Marcos Leon Angulo, V.F.
  • Very Reverend Samuel J. Buchholz, V.F.
  • Very Reverend John F. Forbes, V.F.
  • Very Reverend James Garneau, V.F.
  • Reverend Monsignor Jeffrey A. Ingham, V.F.
  • Very Reverend Justin Kerber, C.P., V.F.
  • Very Reverend Ernest J. Ruede, V.F.

At-Large Elected Members:

  • Reverend John E. McGee, O.S.F.S., Vice-Chairman
  • Very Reverend Daniel D. Oschwald, Secretary
  • Reverend Monsignor Michael G. Clay
  • Reverend Monsignor John F. O’Connor
  • Reverend Mark G. Reamer, O.F.M.
  • Reverend Philip M. Tighe
  • Reverend E. Fernando Torres

Ex-Officio Members:

  • Reverend Monsignor David D. Brockman, Vicar General
  • Reverend Monsignor Thomas P. Hadden, Vicar for African-American Ancestry and Evangelization
  • Very Reverend Steve Smith, O.P., Vicar for Priests
  • Very Reverend Carlos N. Arce, Vicar for Hispanics
  • Reverend Monsignor Girard M. Sherba, V.J., Vicar Judicial, Chancellor

College of Consultors:

  • Reverend Monsignor David D. Brockman, Vicar General
  • Very Reverend James F. Garneau, V.F.
  • Reverend Monsignor Jeffrey A. Ingham, V.F.
  • Very Reverend Ernest J. Ruede, V.F.
  • Reverend Monsignor Girard M. Sherba, V.J.
  • Reverend Monsignor Michael P. Shugrue
  • Reverend Joseph G. Vetter