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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