Clergy Assignments – May 20, 2016

Bishop Johnston is pleased to make the following clergy assignments.

Fr. Bernard E. Branson, granted retirement as Pastor of St. Ann Parish, Independence, with continued residence at St. Ann, effective July 1.

Fr. James F. Carlyle, Parochial Administrator of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Independence, is additionally appointed Parochial Administrator of St. Ann Parish in Independence, effective July 1.

Deacon Tyrone Gutierrez, appointed Pastoral Administrator of Guardian Angels Parish, Kansas City, effective July 1.

Fr. Anthony J. Pileggi, JCL, Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Kansas City, is appointed to full-time ministry with the Marriage Tribunal, effective May 16, with residence at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. A priest assignment for Our Lady of Sorrows will be announced soon.

Fr. Robert Kerr, Pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Kansas City, is granted retirement, effective June 30. A priest assignment for St. Catherine of Siena will be announced soon.

Fr. Leonard Gicheru, Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Kansas City, is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Thomas More and St. Catherine Parishes in Kansas City, effective July 1, with residence at St. Thomas More. Fr. Gicheru is also appointed Chaplain to the Kansas City VA Medical Center, effective May 15.

Fr. Adam Johnson, assigned residence at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Kansas City, effective July 1, to coincide with his previously announced appointment as Vocations Director.

Fr. Adam Haake, Parochial Vicar at St. John LaLande Parish in Blue Springs, is appointed Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Kansas City, effective July 1.

Fr. James A. Taranto, Pastor of St. Mark Parish, Independence, is appointed Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish, Clinton, St. Catherine Mission, Osceola and St. Bartholomew Mission, Windsor, effective July 1, with residence at Holy Rosary.

Fr. Evan Harkins, Pastor of St. James Parish in St. Joseph, is additionally appointed Parochial Administrator of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Savannah and St. Patrick Mission in Forest City, effective July 1.

Fr. Luis Felipe Suárez, Parochial Vicar of Holy Cross Parish, Kansas City, is appointed Parochial Vicar of St. James Parish in St. Joseph, St. Rose of Lima Parish in Savannah and St. Patrick Mission in Forest City, effective July 1, with residence at St. James.

Fr. Curt Vogel, Parochial Vicar at St. Sabina Parish, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Holy Cross and Our Lady of Peace Parishes in Kansas City, effective July 1, with residence at Holy Cross.

Fr. Matthew Rotert, Rector of Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, is additionally appointed Parochial Administrator of St. Mary Parish in St. Joseph, effective July 1.

Fr. Joseph Powers, Rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, is appointed Pastor of St. Mark Parish in Independence, effective July 1, with residence at St. Mark.

Msgr. Robert S. Gregory, appointed Parochial Administrator of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception beginning July 1, 2016 and concluding July 1, 2017 or when a new rector or administrator is appointed in summer 2017.

Fr. Andrew Mattingly, appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Mark Parish in Independence and Director of the Office for Young Adult Ministry, effective July 1, with residence at St. Mark.

Fr. Benjamin Kneib, Pastor of St. Columban Parish in Chillicothe, is additionally appointed Parochial Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Hamilton and Mary Immaculate Parish in Gallatin.

Fr. Philip Luebbert, Pastor of St. Ann Parish in Plattsburg and St. Joseph Parish in Easton, is appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Columban Parish in Chillicothe, Sacred Heart Parish in Hamilton and Mary Immaculate Parish in Gallatin, effective July 1, with residence at Sacred Heart. A priest assignment for St. Ann and St. Joseph will be announced soon.

Fr. Ryan Koster, appointed Parochial Vicar of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph and St. Mary Parish in St. Joseph, effective July 1. Fr. Koster will continue his current assignment at Bishop LeBlond High School.

Fr. Alex Kreidler, appointed Parochial Vicar at Christ the King Parish in Kansas City, while working part-time in the Tribunal and studying for his licentiate. The appointment is effective July 1 and concludes when he returns to Rome to complete his studies in the fall.

Fr. Bryan Amthor, Parochial Vicar of St. Peter Parish in Kansas City, is additionally appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Therese Little Flower Parish in Kansas City, effective immediately.

Fr. Ernest P. Davis, granted a six-month sabbatical beginning July 1.

Fr. Gabriel Lickteig, appointed Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette Parishes in Kansas City, effective July 1, while maintaining his current assignment at Archbishop O’Hara High School.

Fr. Ronald Will, CPPS, Pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in St. Joseph, is additionally appointed Parochial Administrator of Seven Dolors Parish in Hirlingen, effective July 1.

Fr. Joseph Miller, CPPS, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Warrensburg, is appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Francis Xavier Parish in St. Joseph and Seven Dolors Parish in Hirlingen, effective July 1, with residence at St. Francis Xavier.

Fr. Joseph Bathke, CPPS, currently on chaplaincy duty in Rockford, Illinois, appointed Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Warrensburg, effective July 1, with residence at Sacred Heart.

Mr. Jonathan Davis, upon his ordination to the Diaconate on May 21, appointed to assist the Pastor of Holy Cross and Our Lady of Peace Parishes in Kansas City, as his assigned studies allow.

Mr. Olvin Giron, upon his ordination to the Diaconate on May 21, appointed to assist the Pastor of St. Therese Parish, North, as his assigned studies allow.

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  • jle

    @Mo Jo – Looks like you are seriously searching for the Truth and might benefit from dialoguing with a Catholic priest. God bless you!

    • mo jo

      There is no such office as a sacerdotal “priest” (or pope for that matter) when the offices of the church are listed (1 Cor 12:28; Eph 4:10-11). Hence, I would not waste one minute seeing someone who pretends to be a minister of the gospel, when no such ministry as been endorsed by Jesus Christ. You expose how little you know of the Bible. I wonder if that even bothers you?

      • jle

        Mo Jo the Catholic and Orthodox Church can both trace the lineage of the priesthood back to the original disciples of Christ. Catholic and Orthodox priests have given their whole lives in service to the one Holy Catholic Church Jesus founded. Perhaps you may find speaking with a Catholic or Orthodox priest more enlightening than you think. Maybe it might be something to take to Jesus in prayer. God bless you.

  • Hank

    You are a nut. Are you out on pass from the funny farm?

    • mo jo

      You failed to interact with the biblical evidence you, and I only provided just the tip of the iceberg, so your criticism is beyond ridiculous. You obviously have no biblical knowledge whatsoever, but instead simply slipped out of your mother’s womb Catholic, and think the buck stopped there as it regards truth. All I have to say is, WOW.

      • CS

        mo jo,

        Thank you for taking the time to visit the Catholic Key. You seem to know the bible very well, and that is a true blessing. Did Jesus encourage the Apostles or the people of the early church to read the Bible? He did not. Firstly, the Bible had not been created yet. Which leads to the point that the Bible was compiled by the Catholic Church. The teaching of Jesus was “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” NIV. He then commanded that the Apostles, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” NIV.

        • mo jo

          Amusingly, you say: Did Jesus encourage the Apostles or the people of the early church to read the Bible? He did not. Firstly, the Bible had not been created yet.

          Answer: The fact that the Bible was not yet completed does not take away from the general tenor of Jesus towards the word of God, which would of course apply to the completed New Testament. For Jesus CERTAINLY expected the people of His day to find their theology in Holy Writ. “Search the Scriptures” (Jn 5:39), “Have ye not read?” (Matt 12:3), “Is it not written in your law?” (Jn 10:34)—serve to show that we are EXPECTED to excercise our senses on the Word so that we may be able to discern good and evil—just as I am doing now, exposing the EVIL of Roman Catholic thought (Matt 12:3, 5; 19:4; 21:16, 42; 22:29-31, Luke 10:26; Acts 17:2-3; 18:8, Heb 5:13-14, Eph 5:17).We are exhorted to grow in knowledge of it (2 Pet 3:10; 2 Tim 3:14), study it (2 Tim 2:15), search it (Ps 119:18), read it (Deut 17:15; Eph 3:3-4), “EAT IT” (Deut 8:13, Jer 15:16; Job 23:12), meditate on it (Josh 1:8; Ps 1:2), test what is said (1 Jn 4:1), and to even die for it (Rev 1:3).

          In general, Catholicism leaves the impression that comprehension of the word of God is simply unattainable from the Text itself without the checklist of the magisterium for reference. A magisterium, which on the one hand claims to interpret the Bible, has on the other hand, officially gone on record as leaving 99% of the Bible officially UNINTERPRETED! They are always leaving the impression that comprehension is impossible from the Text itself, but is this not contradictory? Assuming that the author’s intent is not reliably expressed therein, the RCC erects an impenetrable barrier between the Author and the reader. The irony is that Catholic “theologians” expect THEIR readers to understand what they say and what they mean and hope readers will be persuaded by their reasoning. ONE COULD ONLY WISH THAT SUCH PEOPLE WOULD EXTEND THE SAME COURTESY TO MOSES, ISAIAH, LUKE, ETC!!!

          • JAA

            My question to you is why spend so much energy on something you are so committed not to believe? You must have spent hours crafting your position on a subject you have basically said is a waste of time? Why commit emotional energy toward a topic that you say means nothing to you? Hmmm? “Me thinks you protest too much!”

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