With gratitude for the work of the Clergy Personnel Committee, we are pleased to announce the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Edmonton, which are effective Wednesday, August 16, unless otherwise indicated.

To all the priests serving our archdiocesan Church, may God bless you abundantly as you continue your ministry with dedication, generosity and joy.

We express our gratitude to all who will be assuming new responsibilities. They have responded to the needs of the Archdiocese with generous spirits. We ask the people in parishes where changes are taking place to warmly welcome their new pastoral leaders into their midst.

We also extend profound gratitude to the priests who are retiring or leaving the Archdiocese for their faithful ministry in our archdiocese. We are grateful to them for their generosity in serving here. Each in his own way has deeply enriched the lives of the faithful of the Archdiocese, and we wish them well in the future.

Parishes in Edmonton

St. Joseph Basilica

Deacon Roger NIEDZIELSKI, who will be ordained to the priesthood on June 27, 2017, is appointed Associate Pastor of St. Joseph Basilica, replacing Father Manoj Xalxo OFM.

Holy Rosary Parish

Father Mieczyslaw BURDZY OMI is appointed Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish, replacing Father Andrzej Sowa OMI.

Father Tomasz JAROSZ OMI is appointed Associate Pastor to Father Burdzy OMI.

Good Shepherd Parish

Father Jose MANICKATHAN CFIC is appointed Associate Pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in Edmonton, replacing Father Carlos Nunez.

Our Lady Queen of Poland Parish

Father Marcin MIRONIUK OMI is appointed Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Poland Parish, replacing Father Roman Majek OMI.

Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples Parish

Father Susai JESU OMI is appointed Pastor of Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples, replacing Father Jim Holland OMI.

Father Thomas KURUDEEPAN OMI is appointed as Associate Pastor to Father Jesu OMI.

St. Edmund Parish

Father Mark McGEE, current Pastor at Holy Cross Parish in Grande Cache and Susa Creek, is appointed the new Pastor of St. Edmund Parish, replacing Father Patrick Baska. Father Mark is taking a short sabbatical – to the end of November 2017. In that time Msgr. John (Jack) Hamilton will be Dominical Vicar and Father Adam Lech, Moderator of the Parish.

Paroisse St-Joachim (Edmonton) and
Francophone Catholic Community in St. Albert

(effective March 1, 2017)
Father Philippe INSONI CFIC was appointed Pastor, replacing Father Emmanuel Kolla Atangana CFIC.

St. John Bosco Parish

Father Adaikalaraja JOHN SDB is appointed Pastor, replacing Father Romano Venturelli SDB. Father John was appointed Administrator on March 20, 2017, while Father Venturelli recovered from surgery.

St. John the Evangelist Parish
(effective April 1, 2017

Father Jossy GEORGE THOMAS, a Syro Malankara priest from India, was appointed Associate Pastor of St. John Evangelist Parish.

St. Theresa Parish 

Father Patrick BASKA, current Pastor of St. Edmund Parish, is appointed the new Pastor of St. Theresa Parish, replacing Father Jim Corrigan.

Father Joy VADAKKAN POULOSE CFIC is appointed the Associate Pastor, replacing Father Silvichan Dominic CFIC.

Parishes outside Edmonton

St. Maria Goretti Parish, Devon, and Calmar and Thorsby

Father Arun RODRIGUES SAC, current Associate Pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Lloydminster, is appointed the new Pastor of St. Maria Goretti Parish in Devon, and parishes in Calmar and Thorsby, replacing Father James Bodula SAC.

Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Fort Saskatchewan, and Gibbons, Lamont, Redwater, St. Michael, Skaro

Father Selvaraj RAYAPPAN SAC is appointed Associate Pastor of Our Lady of the Angels in Fort Saskatchewan, replacing Father Moses Savarimuthu SAC.

Our Lady of the Foothills Parish, Hinton
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Jasper
Holy Cross Parish, Grande Cache, and Suza Creek

Father James BODULA SAC, current Pastor of St. Maria Goretti Parish in Devon and the parishes in Calmar and Thorsby, is appointed the new Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Jasper, Our Lady of Foothills Parish in Hinton, Holy Cross Parish in Grande Cache and the mission in Suza Creek, replacing Father Miroslaw Kostarzewski and Father Mark McGee.

Father Thomas BASANI SAC, current Associate Pastor of Holy Family Parish in St. Albert, is appointed Associate Pastor to Father Bodula SAC.

St. Joseph Parish, Killam, and Daysland and Heisler

Father Carlos NUNEZ, current Associate Pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in Edmonton, is appointed the new Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Killam and the parishes in Daysland and Heisler, replacing Father Christian Nwaigwe.

St. Michael Parish, Leduc
(effective June 1, 2017)

Father Silvichan MARATTIL DOMINIC CFIC, current Associate Pastor of St. Theresa Parish in Edmonton, is appointed new Pastor of St. Michael Parish in Leduc, replacing Father Leo Hofmann.

St. Anthony Parish, Lloydminster

A CFIC priest is appointed Associate Pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Lloydminster, replacing Father Arun Rodrigues SAC.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Sherwood Park, and Tofield

Father Jim CORRIGAN, current Pastor of St. Theresa Parish, is appointed the new Pastor of OLPH Parish in Sherwood Park, replacing Msgr. Hamilton.

Father Rajappa (Raj) Savariappan continues as Associate Pastor and Father Pierre Ducharme OFM as part-time Associate Pastor.

Father Joseph GLAAB OFM, who will be ordained to the priesthood on July 15, 2017 is appointed as Associate Pastor.

Christ the King Parish, Stettler, and Bashaw and Castor

Father (Mirek) Miroslaw KOSTARZEWSKI, current pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Jasper and Our Lady of Foothills Parish in Hinton, is appointed the new Pastor of Christ the King Parish in Stettler and the parishes in Bashaw and Castor, replacing Father Donatus Ihekwoaba.

Blessed Sacrament Parish, Wainwright

Father Moses SAVARIMUTHU SAC, current Associate Pastor of Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Fort Saskatchewan, is appointed the new Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Wainwright, replacing Father Andrew Lukasiewicz MSF.

Other

(effective June 1, 2017) Father Leo HOFMANN, current Pastor of St. Michael Parish in Leduc, is granted a mini-sabbatical.

Retirement

Msgr John (Jack) HAMILTON, current Pastor of OLPH Parish in Sherwood Park, retires from parish ministry and from his post as Vicar General.

Father Andrew LUKASIEWICZ MSF, current Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Wainwright, retires from parish ministry and returns to his religious community. We thank Father Andrew for his many years of service in the Archdiocese.

End of Term

Father Jim HOLLAND OMI, current Pastor of Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples in Edmonton, is reassigned by his religious community. We thank Father Jim for his 22 years of devoted priestly ministry to Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples.

Father Donatus IHEKWOABA, current Pastor of Christ the King Parish in Stettler and attached parishes in Bashaw and Castor, concludes his term of service in the Archdiocese. He is being reassigned by his Bishop for further studies. We thank Father Donatus for serving in the Archdiocese for 12 years.

Father Christian NWAIGWE, current Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Killam and the parishes in Daysland and Heisler, concludes his term of service in the Archdiocese. He is being reassigned by his Bishop for further studies. We thank Father Christian for serving in the Archdiocese for 12 years.

Father Manoj XALXO OFM, current Associate Pastor of St. Joseph Basilica, is reassigned by his religious community. We thank Father Manoj for his service in the Archdiocese.

(This article was updated on May 23, 2017)