Official Appointments: April 6, 2018

Denver Catholic Staff

Here’s a list of all the new appointments for the Archdiocese of Denver, including pastor and parochial vicar reassignments, retirements and others.

Pastors/Administrators

Reverend Scott Bailey, appointed Pastor, Risen Christ Parish, Denver, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, for a six-year period.

Reverend Ernest Bayer, reappointed Pastor, Holy Name Parish, Steamboat Springs; St. Martin of Tours Parish, Oak Creek, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, for a six-year period.

Reverend Felicien Mbala, appointed Pastor, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Yuma; St. Andrew Parish, Wray, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, for a six-year period.

Reverend Brian Morrow, reappointed Pastor, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Denver, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, for a six-year period.

Reverend Peter Mussett, reappointed Pastor, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Boulder, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, for a six-year period.

Reverend Michael O’Brien, reappointed Pastor, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Julesburg; St. Peter Parish, Crook, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, for a six-year period.

Reverend Gerardo Puga, appointed Pastor, St. Michael Parish, Craig; Holy Family Parish, Meeker; St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish, Rangely, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, for a six-year period.

Reverend Mario Ramirez, appointed Pastor, Our Lady of Peace Parish, Greeley, Colorado, beffective June 13, 2018, for a six-year period.

Reverend Stephen Siebert, appointed Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Breckenridge; Our Lady of Peace Parish, Silverthorne, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, for a six-year period.

Reverend James Spahn, appointed Pastor, St. John Paul II Parish, Thornton, in addition to his assignment as Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Northglenn, effective July 1, 2018, for a six-year period.

Reverend Jason Thuerauf, reappointed Pastor, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, for a six-year period.

Reverend Eric Vigil Reyes, appointed Pastor, St. Helena Parish, Ft. Morgan; St. Francis of Assisi, Weldona; Our Lady of Lourdes, Wiggins, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, for a six-year period.

Reverend Jason Wunsch, appointed Pastor, St. Gianna Beretta Molla Parish, Green Valley Ranch, Colorado, effective July 1, 2018, for a six-year period.

 

The following Assignment by Very Rev. Patrick Valdez, C.R., Provincial Superior of the Order of Clerics Regular of Our Lady of Purity Province, The Theatine Fathers, is confirmed by Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, S.T.L.: Rev. Heriberto Torres Velazquez, C.R., granted Presbyteral faculties of the Archdiocese of Denver, and appointed Administrator of St. Cajetan Parish, Denver, Colorado, effective immediately, until his time in ministry here is completed.

Parochial Vicars

Reverend Albert Berkmans, H.G.N., appointed Parochial Vicar, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Peter Dinh, appointed Parochial Vicar, Notre Dame Parish, Denver, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Miguel Enriquez, appointed Parochial Vicar, Holy Trinity Parish, Westminster, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Francisco Garcia, appointed Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Lakewood, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Joseph Hearty, F.S.S.P., appointed Parochial Vicar, Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Eric Zegeer, granted Presbyteral Faculties of the Archdiocese of Denver. Appointed Parochial Vicar at Risen Christ Parish, Denver, and Visiting Professor at St. John Vianney Seminary, Denver, effective June 13, 2018, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Emmanuel Osigwe, appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Mary Parish in Breckenridge, and Our Lady of Peace, in Silverthorne, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend John Ludanha, appointed Parochial Vicar, St. Thomas More Parish, Centennial, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Francise Xavier Saleth, H.G.N., appointed Parochial Vicar, St. Helena Parish, Ft. Morgan; St. Francis of Assisi, Weldona; Our Lady of Lourdes, Wiggins, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Salvador Sanchez, appointed part-time Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of the Mountains Parish, Estes Park; part-time Chaplain, Annunciation Heights Camp and Retreat Center, Estes Park, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Tomasz Strzebonski, appointed Parochial Vicar, St. Peter Parish, Greeley, Colorado, effective June 13, 2018, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

The following Assignment by Reverend Gerard SAGUTO, F.S.S.P., North American District Superior of The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, is confirmed by Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, S.T.L.: Rev. Daniel Nolan, F.S.S.P., granted Presbyteral faculties of the Archdiocese of Denver, and appointed Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Littleton, Colorado effective immediately, until his time in ministry here is completed.

Other

Reverend Guillermo Bustillos, appointed Chaplain for the Hispanic Apostolic Movements of the Archdiocese of Denver, effective June 13, 2018.  Reverend Bustillos will be in residence at St. Pius X Parish, Aurora.

Reverend José A. Caballero, L.C., appointed Faculty member at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver, effective June 13, 2018. Reverend Caballero will be in residence at the seminary.

Reverend William Clemence, appointed Prefect of Studies at Redemptoris Mater Seminary and Visiting Professor at St. John Vianney Seminary, in Denver, effective June 13, 2018, ad nutum archiepiscopi. Reverend Clemence will be in residence at Redemptoris Mater Seminary.

Reverend Emilio Franchomme, appointed part-time Professor at St. John Vianney Seminary, Denver, in addition to part-time Spiritual Director at Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Denver, effective June 13, 2018, ad nutum archiepiscopi. Reverend Franchomme will be in residence at Redemptoris Mater Seminary.

Reverend Geronimo Gonzalez, appointed Formation Advisor, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver, effective June 13, 2018, ad nutum archiepiscopi. Reverend Gonzalez will be in residence at the seminary.

Reverend Donatian Kaigoma, granted Presbyteral Faculties of the Archdiocese of Denver. He will be at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Northglenn, Colorado and assist the Pastor, until June 12, 2018. His appointment as full-time Hospital Chaplain will begin on June 13, 2018, and will then be in residence at St. Therese Parish, Aurora.

Reverend Jonathan Dellinger, released from pastoral duties in the Archdiocese of Denver, so as to minister in the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, effective June 13, 2018 for a period of three years.

Reverend Paul Kostka, S.C.J., appointed Catholic Chaplain for the University of Denver, effective June 13, 2018, when Reverend John Ignatius, S.C.J., will be released from his assignment as Chaplain of the University of Denver, to focus on his role as superior of the community of the Servants of Christ Jesus.

Reverend Frank Lomica, released from ministry in the Archdiocese of Denver to begin an initial formation program with the Cistercian Abbey Community in the Czech Republic, effective June 13, 2018.

Reverend Matthew Magee, appointed Secretary to the Archbishop, Vice Chancellor, and Master of Ceremonies for the Archbishop, effective June 13, 2018, ad nutum archiepiscopi. Reverend Magee will be in residence at the Holy Trinity Center, Denver.

Reverend Luis Escandon, released from his assignment as Formation Faculty at St John Vianney Seminary, to continue his assignment as full-time Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish, Denver, Colorado, effective June 12, 2018.

Reverend Isaac Mary Relyea, granted faculties in the Archdiocese of Denver, effective immediately, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Ayub Mwampela, granted Presbyteral faculties of the Archdiocese of Denver, effective immediately, until his studies at Regis University, Denver, Colorado are completed.

Reverend Scott Medlock, granted Presbyteral faculties of the Archdiocese of Denver effective immediately until December 31, 2018. During this time, Reverend Medlock will not be residing in, but will be making frequent travels to the Archdiocese of Denver.

Reverend C. Thomas Jost, S.J., granted Presbyteral faculties of the Archdiocese of Denver, effective immediately, until his time in ministry here is completed.

Retirement

Reverend Monsignor J. Anthony McDaid, J.C.D., was granted retirement status, effective June 12, 2018.

Reverend James ReVello, was granted retirement status, effective June 13, 2018.

Reverend Monsignor Michael Glenn, has been granted full medical retirement, effective March 31, 2018. He will reside with his family in Denver.

COMING UP: New priestly assignments: an intricate process

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“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Mt 28: 19-20). These are the closing words of Jesus to his disciples prior to his Ascension into heaven, the great commissioning to go
out and proclaim the Good News.

Jesus is still with his Church today as we bring the Gospel to the world! Each year at this time, pastors, parochial vicars and newly ordained priests receive their assignments that tell them where their mission field is. I am deeply grateful to all of our priests, who continue to fulfill the command of Jesus to bring others to him, to teach and to preach, and to celebrate the sacraments, most especially the Eucharist. Our priests tirelessly carry the Gospel throughout the vast expanse of our Archdiocese,
which covers 39,000 square miles stretching from Rangeley on the Utah border to Julesburg on the Nebraska
border. Altogether, our 146 locations include 121 parishes, 22 mission churches and 4 station churches.

As is evident, the archdiocese is vast, with many places that need the service of our priests, which makes the task of discerning how to serve the nearly 600,000 Catholics
in our territory a complicated one. Since the announcement of the new assignments always brings letters to my office complaining about a priest being moved or others thanking me for moving the very same priest, I would like to explain what guides the changes and the many factors that are considered.

When a man is ordained a priest, his mission is to serve in the entire archdiocese, whether it be on the Western Slope, on the Eastern Plains, or along the I-25 corridor that ranges from County Line Road to the Wyoming border. The mission is the same for every priest: to bring others to encounter Jesus Christ, to be a shepherd after the heart of Christ, to love and walk with the people he serves as Christ in their midst. His mission is one of service on behalf of Christ and the local Church. And certainly, if a man has the heart of Christ and loves with Jesus’ love, there will always be sadness when he is moved to another
parish, both on the priest’s part and that of the faithful. Yet one knows one’s mission is to serve where one is called to go, and it is important for the faithful to always welcome a new priest coming to their parish.

Parochial Vicars are assigned for a 2-3-year period to a parish to gain experience ministering in a parish setting. They are moved more frequently than pastors so they can have a variety of experiences. Pastors are assigned for a 6-year term, with a usual maximum of two terms in one parish. In some very rare cases, a pastor might be given a third 6-year term. All the faithful should be aware that when a pastor completes a 6-year term, he could be moved, and when a 12 or 18-year term is complete, it is most likely that he will have a new assignment. There are also times when a priest can be moved quickly to respond to a great need in a parish. I was moved from my first assignment to my second assignment with only a few weeks’ notice by the archbishop at that time.

The assignment of priests is not done lightly and is made in consultation with the personnel board, which presently consists of 12 priests who are the deans of their region (deanery), the Vicar General, the Vicar for Clergy and me. We begin to reflect on the assignments in September of each year and try to complete them by the end of March. The dean also visits with each priest in his deanery
to discuss their current situation. Sometimes a priest might request to be moved — even before his term is done — if he believes he has given all he can to a particular parish or if a need arises for his gifts and talents in another parish. Other factors involved in determining assignments are the size of the parish, whether a school is present, what ministries are operating, and what type of pastor or parochial vicar they need.

Most years we also have priests who retire from active ministry, and that means we need to find a priest to serve full-time in their place. It is true that we are blessed with a healthy number of vocations to the priesthood in our archdiocese, but our current numbers only keep pace with the number of priests who retire.

In closing, I encourage the faithful of the archdiocese to thank their priests who will be moving this year and to receive their new priests with open hearts. Hopefully, this column has helped you understand the mission of our priests, the geographical challenges of our territory, and the prayerful process behind each priestly assignment. May we all continue to pray for our priests, that they may have the heart of Christ the Good Shepherd, and for vocations, following the command of Jesus. “The harvest
is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest” (Luke 10:2).