Diocesan News

Clergy appointments 2016

- Updated May 31 and Aug. 19, 2016 -

All appointments are effective June 13, 2016, unless otherwise noted

Pastors
Rev. Patrick Barvick is appointed Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Davey and teacher at Bishop Neumann Jr./Sr. High School in Wahoo.  He retains his assignment as an Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal.
 
Rev. Joseph Bernardo is appointed Pastor of St. Leo Parish in Palmyra and St. Martin Parish in Douglas.  He retains his assignment as Chaplain and teacher at Pius X High School in Lincoln.

Rev. Thomas Bush is appointed Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Wallace, Resurrection Parish in Elsie and Mother of Sorrows Parish in Grant.

Rev. Michael Christensen is appointed Pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Steinauer and Sacred Heart Parish in Burchard.

Rev. Scott Courtney is appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Geneva and St. Mary Parish in Shickley.  He is appointed Chaplain for Camp Kateri in McCool Junction and Chaplain for the Youth Rehabilitation Treatment Center in Geneva.

Rev. Matthew Eickhoff is appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Benkelman and St. Joseph Parish in Stratton.  He retains his assignment as member of the Commission on Ecumenism and to continue his studies for a doctoral degree in theology.

Rev. Joseph Faulkner is appointed Pastor of St. Wenceslaus in Wahoo.  He retains his assignment as Chaplain for Totus Tuus.

Rev. Thomas Schultes is appointed Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Lawrence, St. Stephen Parish in Lawrence, and Assumption Parish in Deweese.
 
Rev. Steven Snitily is appointed Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Brainard, and Director of the Loma Czech Catholic Shrine.  He retains his assignment as Judge on the Diocesan Tribunal and Director of the Tribunal Outreach Mission.

Rev. Adam Sughroue is appointed Pastor of St. Ann Parish in Doniphan and Sacred Heart Parish in Kenesaw.  He retains his assignment to teach at Hastings Catholic Schools and serve as an Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal.

Rev. Charles Townsend is appointed Pastor of St. Peter Parish in Lincoln.

Rev. Kenneth Wehrs is appointed Pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Cambridge and St. Germanus Parish in Arapahoe, and teacher at St. Patrick School in McCook.

Rev. Thomas Wiedel is appointed Pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Manley and St. Mary Parish in Elmwood.

Parochial Vicars
Rev. David Gayhart is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Peter Parish in Lincoln, teacher at Pius X High School in Lincoln, and Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal.

Rev. Kishore Gorantla is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick Parish in McCook.

Rev. Caleb La Rue is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Cecilia Parish in Hastings, teacher at Hastings Catholic Schools, and Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal.

Rev. BalaRaju Marneni, a priest of the Diocese of Nalgonda (India), is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Teresa Parish in Lincoln.

 

Special Assignments
Rev. Mark Cyza is appointed Chief Administrative Officer of Lourdes Central Catholic Schools.  He retains his assignment as Pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Nebraska City, area Director of the Spanish Speaking Apostolate in Nebraska City, Chaplain for the Franciscan Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, and Assistant Spiritual Director for the Legion of Mary.

Rev. Ryan Kaup is appointed Co-Chaplain for Frassati (young adult apostolate) in addition to his current assignment as Parochial Vicar at Cristo Rey Parish in Lincoln, teacher at Pius X High School and Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal.

Rev. Thomas Kuffel is released for pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Fairbanks (Alaska) for a period of three years.

Very Rev. Randall Langhorst is appointed to continue serving as Vicar for Clergy with residence at Kealy Hall.  He is also appointed as the Diocesan Director of the Hospitals, Nursing Home and Retirement Homes Apostolate.

Rev. Mark Pfeiffer is appointed Senior Priest in Residence in St. Stephen Parish in Exeter.
 
Very Rev. Rafael Rodriguez-Fuentes is appointed Vicar for Hispanic Ministry in addition to his current assignment as Dean of Men and teacher at Saint Gregory the Great Seminary, and Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal, effective April 8, 2016.

Rev. Thomas Walsh is released for pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Gallup (New Mexico) for a period of three years.

Rev. Stephen Cooney is appointed to tend to the spiritual needs of Catholics at CHI Health St. Elizabeth, Nebraska Heart Hospital and nursing facilities in Lincoln. He will reside at Cathedral of the Risen Christ Rectory in Lincoln.  Effective September 6, 2016.

Rev. Janusz Marzynski is appointed Administrator of Presentation Parish in Bellwood and to celebrate Mass and visit the residents at the two nursing care facilities in David City—St. Joseph’s Villa and David Place.  Effective September 6, 2016.

Rev. Joseph Steele is appointed Chaplain at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. Effective September 6, 2016.

Retired
Rev. Patrick Murphy will retire from active ministry.  He is relieved of his assignment as Pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Manley and St. Mary Parish in Elmwood.  He will reside at Bonacum House in Lincoln.

 

Newly Ordained Priests

Rev. Christopher Eckrich is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. John Parish in Lincoln, teacher at Pius X High School in Lincoln and Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal.

Rev. Nathan Hall is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Lincoln, teacher at Pius X High School in Lincoln and Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal.

Rev. James Morin is appointed to be a priest in residence at Sacred Heart Church/St. James Parish in Crete and to provide coverage in parishes as needed from July 1, 2016 to September 25, 2016. Effective September 26, 2016, he is assigned to return to Rome to complete his studies at the Augustinian Patristic Institute (Augustinianum).

Rev. James Winter is appointed Parochial Vicar at North American Martyrs Parish in Lincoln, teacher at Pius X High School in Lincoln and Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal.

 

Newly Ordained Deacons

The following transitional deacons will be in their assigned parishes from June 6, 2016 to July 27, 2016.

Rev. Mr. Samuel Beardslee is appointed to St. Cecilia Parish in Hastings to serve as a transitional deacon.

Rev. Mr. Timothy Danek is appointed to All Saints Parish in Holdrege to serve as a transitional deacon.

Rev. Mr. Jason Doher is appointed to St. Mary Parish in David City to serve as a transitional deacon.

Rev. Mr. Cole Kennett is appointed to Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Falls City to serve as a transitional deacon.

Rev. Mr. Andrew Litt is appointed to St. Patrick Parish in McCook to serve as a transitional deacon.

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