A retirement, several international priests retuning to their home country, and a more active retired archbishop, are some of the changes in the clergy appointments for the Regina Archdiocese announced by Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen.
Winnipeg Archbishop Emeritus James Weisgerber, who has been living in Regina since his retirement as archbishop of Winnipeg, has agreed to become Priest Moderator at Regina’s French Church, St. Jean Baptiste. “I look at this as a kind of payback,” said the retired archbishop speaking with the Prairie Messenger. ”Archbishop Michael O’Neil sent me to Ottawa in 1956 to the seminary so I could learn French and French has been such a gift in my life and now I get to serve the French parish for a year.” He will serve as Priest Moderator responsible for Sacramental Ministry, i.e. say masses, administer baptism, hear confessions, etc.
Parish Life Coordinator for St. Jean Baptiste, Francine Audy, will continue to look after the paper work and administration responsibilities. Weisgerber said he responded to a personal request from Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen. “They had no one who could speak French right now,” said Weisgerber, “I’ve enjoyed setting my own schedule - it’s a gift. Whenever you’re involved in a community, the community sets the agenda, so it’s going to be a bit of a challenge, but I think I’m up to it.” He joked. The one-year appointment begins August 1, 2017.
Archbishop Emeritus Weisgerber has a long history with the Regina Archdiocese since his ordination to the priesthood on June 1, 1963, in Holy Rosary Cathedral. He served in several Regina parishes and at the Archdiocese office and served as Vicar General prior to his ordination to the Episcopate and appointment as Bishop of Saskatoon in 1996. From Saskatoon, he was appointed to Winnipeg. Archbishop Weisgerber served as Archbishop for the Winnipeg Archdiocese from 2000-2013. He retired and moved back to Regina.
Very Reverend Lorne Crozon moves from Holy Rosary Cathedral to become Pastor at St. Anne’s and he continues as Vicar General of the Archdiocese.
Reverend Peter Pham is appointed Pastor of St. Martin de Porres, Regina. He was previously Associate Pastor for St. Anne’s and St. Martin de Porres parishes. These two parishes will now be maintained separately.
Reverend Danilo Rafael moves from Holy Child Parish to become Rector of Holy Rosary Cathedral and retains his position as Director of Personnel.
Reverend Brian Meredith returns to the city from St. John the Baptist, Estevan, as Pastor of Holy Child.
Reverend Sathiadas Antony departs Christ the King Parish in Regina and takes over St. John the Baptist in Estevan and related rural parishes.
Reverend Stephen Bill moves from Resurrection Parish to Christ the King Parish and continues as Director of Vocations.
Reverend Vitalis Azike leaves St. Mary’s parish in Regina to become Administrator of the parishes of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holdfast; St. Joseph, Craik, St. Boniface, Dilke.
Reverend Ferdinand Eusebio leaves Resurrection Parish where he was Associate Pastor to become Administrator of St. Peter’s Parish, Regina.
Reverend Felipe Faustino will become Administrator of the parishes of St. Ann, Kennedy; St. Pius, Windthorst; St. Anne, Kiplin; and St. Francis Xavier, Wawota.
Reverend George Thattuparampil MST (Missionary Society of St. Thomas the Apostle) leaves St. Joseph in Indian Head to become Pastor of St. Joseph’s parish, Moose-Jaw. He will be joined by Reverend Hector Seville who leaves parishes in Assiniboia to be Assistant pastor and resident at St. Joseph.
Reverend Rick Krofchek leaves St. Joseph, Moose-Jaw, to become Pastor at Regina’s Resurrection Parish.
Arpee Urquico will be ordained a priest on June 30 in Holy Rosary Cathedral. He has been assigned Associate Pastor at Resurrection Parish.
Reverend Ed Hengen comes to St. Mary’s, Regina, from St. Joseph, Balgonie, and Reverend Francis Hengen leaves St. Gerard, Yorkton, to become Pastor of the parishes of St. Joseph, Indian Head; St. Columbkille, Grenfell; Immaculate Conception, Qu’Appelle; St. Anne, Wolseley; and St. Mary on Carry the Kettle Reserve.
Reverend Adelberto Lillo leaves St. Joseph, Moose-Jaw, where he was Associate Pastor to become Administrator of the parishes of Our Lady of Sorrows, Fort Qu’Appelle; St. John, Balcarres; Sacred Heart, Lebret; Mary Imaculate on the File Hills Reserve; Our Lady of Light on Standing Buffalo reserve; and the Reserves of Pepekisis, Okanese, Star Blanket, Little Black Bear and Pasqua.
Very Reverend Rerne Mangahas remains as Administrator of St. Joseph’s Parish, Whitewod.
Reverend Louis Kim Nguyen moves from Fort Qu’Appelle to St. Gerard, Yorkton.
Reverend Thuy Nguyen leaves Holy Family Parish in Regina where he was Associate Pastor to become Pastor of the parishes of Holy Family, Radville; St. Michael, Bengough; St. Joseph, Ceylon; St. Eugene, Minton; Holy Angels, Pangman; and St. Blaise, Lake Alma.
Reverend Paul Mau Nguyen Leaves Holy Rosary Cathedral in Regina where he was Associate Pastor, to become Pastor of the parishes of St. Joseph Langenburg; St. Mary, Churchbridge; and St. Patrick, Spy Hill.
Reverend John Baptist Okai leaves St. Peter’s, Regina, to become Pastor of the parishes of St. Joseph, Balgonie; St. Agnes, Pilot Butte; St. Peter, Kronau.
Very Reverend James Olowagba becomes Pastor of Our Lady of Peace, Regina, and continues as Chancellor of the Archdiocese. He now has just a short walk across the parking lot from his Chancellor’s office in the Chancery to his parish church.
Reverend Anthony Pangan SSS, (Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament) remains as Pastor of Holy Family, Regina.
Reverend Gary Lindenbach will retire July 31, 2017. He was Pastor for St. Anne’s and St. Martin de Porres parishes. Reverend Lindenbach has served in a variety of parishes in the Archdiocese since his ordination in 1989. He intends to retire in Regina.
Reverend Anthony Moduthagam will return to his home diocese in India and he hopes to return to Regina in the future.
Reverend Carlos Jimenez, SVD was recalled by his Superior General to the Community of the Society of the Divine Word, North American Province. He will leave Regina Diocese at the end of July.