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Bishop Burbidge Announces Pastoral Assignments

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Official Announcements

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

Effective June 1, 2010

Reverend Fernando Meléndez, a priest of the Diocese of Chimbote (Peru), is appointed Administrator of Saint Andrew Parish in Red Springs. Father Meléndez will have residence at Saint Francis de Sales Parish in Lumberton.

Reverend Mark J. Betti, Pastor of Saint Bernadette Parish in Fuquay-Varina, is appointed Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Clinton.

Reverend David M. Chiantella, a Priest of the Diocese of Allentown, is appointed Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Raleigh.

Reverend Gregory P. Lowchy, Pastor of Saint Therese Parish in Wilson, is reappointed to an additional six-year term as Pastor.

Reverend Douglas P. Reed, Pastor of Saint Anne Parish in Edenton, is reappointed to an additional six-year term as Pastor.

Reverend Fernando Torres, Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Clinton, is appointed Pastor of Saint Bernadette Parish in Fuquay-Varina.

Reverend Thomas S. Tully, Pastor of Holy Family Parish in Hillsborough, is reappointed to an additional six-year term as Pastor.

Reverend Mark Reamer, O.F.M., Pastor of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Raleigh, is granted sabbatical leave by the Very Reverend John O’Connor, O.F.M., Provincial of the Holy Name Province of the Order Friars Minor, effective June 1- September 30, 2010.

Reverend David McBriar, O.F.M., Parochial Vicar of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Raleigh, is appointed Temporary Administrator effective June 1- September 30, 2010.

Effective June 14, 2010

Reverend Thanh Nguyen, a Priest in Good Standing in the Diocese of Raleigh and former Pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in Hope Mills, is granted temporary leave for spiritual renewal.

Reverend Monsignor Jeffrey A. Ingham, V.F., Pastor of Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in Southern Pines and Dean of the Fayetteville Deanery, is additionally appointed Administrator of Good Shepherd Parish in Hope Mills.

Effective June 30, 2010

Reverend Mr. John Victor Gournas, upon Ordination to the Priesthood on May 22, 2010, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Saint Paul Parish in New Bern.

Reverend Walter Ospina-Briceno, from Pastor of Saint Andrew Parish in Red Springs to Parochial Vicar at Saint Catherine Siena Parish in Wake Forest with priestly ministry for the Sacred Liturgy in the Extraordinary Form at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh.

Very Reverend Joseph G. Mulroney, a Priest in Good Standing in the Diocese of Raleigh, Pastor of Saint Luke the Evangelist Parish in Raleigh and Adjutant Judicial Vicar, is granted temporary leave for spiritual renewal.

Very Reverend John J. Forbes, V.F., Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Raleigh and Dean of the Raleigh Deanery, is additionally appointed Administrator of Saint Luke the Evangelist Parish in Raleigh.

Effective July 6, 2010

Reverend John J. Kelly, O.S.F.S., a Priest of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales, is appointed Pastor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Fayetteville.

Reverend Willard Rucinski, O.S.F.S., Pastor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Fayetteville, retires from active priestly ministry.

Effective July 10, 2010

Reverend Segundo Manuel Noriega, a priest of the Apostolic Vicariate of Puyo, is appointed Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Rocky Mount and to Hispanic Priestly Ministry at Saint John the Baptist Parish in Roanoke Rapids. 

Effective August 8, 2010

Reverend Chet Artysiewicz, G.H.M., a Priest of the Glenmary Home Missioners, is appointed Pastor of the Catholic Community of Bertie County in Windsor and Priestly Minister to Saint Joan of Arc Parish in Plymouth.

Effective September 20, 2010

Reverend Bruce Bavinger, S.J., Parochial Vicar of Saint Therese Parish in Wilson, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Rocky Mount and Saint John the Baptist Parish in Roanoke Rapids, is appointed Parochial Vicar of Saint Raphael the Archangel Parish in Raleigh.

Reverend Paul W. Brant, S.J., Priestly Minister to the Catholic Community of Bertie County in Windsor, Holy Trinity Parish in Williamston and Saint Joan of Arc Parish in Plymouth, is appointed Parochial Vicar of Saint Therese Parish in Wilson and continues as delegate of the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, to the Cursillo movement in the Diocese of Raleigh.

Reverend Robert D. Wiesenbaugh, S.J., Parochial Vicar of Saint Raphael the Archangel Parish in Raleigh, is assigned by his Provincial to priestly ministry in the Diocese of Richmond.