It seems those prayers for vocations are paying off big time as the Regina Archdiocese has nine seminarians in various stages of their journey to the priesthood. This is the largest number of seminarians since the 1950s. Seven are at St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton, one is studying in Rome, and another is at St. Philip’s Seminary in Toronto. Of the nine, five are advanced enough in their studies that Archbishop Donald Bolen has announced internship assignments for them effective September 1, 2017.
Van Chinh (Joseph) Vu will serve at St. Anne in Regina; Parker Love will serve at Resurrection Parish; Buu Phung (Anthony) Tran will serve at St. Cecelia; Ricardo Escalante will be at Holy Trinity but will live at St. Cecelia Rectory. In addition to his parish assignment effective August 1 as Associate Pastor at Resurrection Parish, Arpee Urquico will be on-call for the Hospital Sacramental Ministry when the priest chaplain is away. Urquico will be ordained to the priesthood on June 30 at Holy Rosary Cathedral.
Archbishop Bolen has also announced additional clergy moves effective September 1. Reverend Mieczslaw (Mitch) Burdzy, OMI, has been reassigned by his community to Holy Rosary Parish in Edmonton, and Reverend Andrzej Sowa, OMI, will take his place at St. Henry’s Parish, Melville. Reverend Marcin Mironiuk, OMI, is also moving to Edmonton to become Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Poland Parish and Reverend Michael Pojak, OMI, will replace him at St. Patrick Parish, Sturgis, Saskatchewan.