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Clergy Appointments 2017

Assignments are effective on June 19, 2017 unless otherwise noted.

Deans

Very Rev. Matthew Eickhoff, V.F. is appointed Dean of the Grant Deanery and retains all current assignments.

Very Rev. Michael Morin, V.F.is appointed Dean of the Wahoo Deanery and retains all current assignments.

Very Rev. Leo Seiker, V.Fis appointed Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Shelby, and Dean of the David City Deanery. He retains his assignment as Diocesan Pro-Life Director.

Very Rev. Joseph Walsh, V.F.is appointed Dean of the Hastings Deanery and Special Assistant to the Bishop for the Promotion of Catholic Stewardship. He retains all current assignments.

Rev. Monsignor Paul Witt, V.F.is appointed Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Orleans, St. Michael Parish in Oxford, and St. Joseph Parish in Alma and Dean of the Orleans Deanery. He retains his assignments as Chaplain to the Charismatic Renewal groups and Magnificat organization.

Pastors

Rev. David Gayhart is appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Colon and St. Mary Parish in Cedar Bluffs. He is also appointed to teach at Bishop Neumann Jr./Sr. High School in Wahoo. He retains his assignment as an Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal.

Rev. Lothar Gilde is appointed Pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Imperial and to the pastoral care of Spanish-speaking people in St. Patrick Parish.

Rev. Loras Grell is appointed Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Aurora and St. Joseph Parish in Giltner.

Rev. Jeremy Hazuka is appointed Pastor of St. Michael Parish in Hastings. He retains his assignment as Spiritual Director of the Legion of Mary.

Rev. K. William Holoubek (effective, July 3, 2017) is appointed Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Ashland and St. Joseph Parish in Greenwood. He retains his assignment as Director of Pontifical Mission Societies.

Rev. Jamie Hottovy is appointed Pastor of St. Teresa Parish in Lincoln, Chaplain for the Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration (Pink Sisters) and member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission. He retains his assignment as member of the Diocesan Building Commission Adjunct Committee for Church Design/Renovation.

Rev. Michael Houlihan is appointed Pastor of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Plattsmouth.

Rev. Dennis Huntis appointed Pastor of St. George Parish in Morse Bluff and Sacred Heart Parish in Cedar Hill.

Rev. Christopher Milleris appointed Pastor of St. James Parish in Trenton, Holy Family Parish in Palisade, and St. John Parish in Wauneta.

Monsignor Joseph Nemec is appointed Rector of the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln and continues as member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission.

Rev. Benjamin Rynearson is appointed Pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Prague and Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish in Plasi and teacher at Bishop Neumann Jr./Sr. High School in Wahoo. He retains his assignment as Advocate on the Tribunal.

Rev. Adam Sparling is appointed Pastor of St. Leo Parish in Palmyra and St. Martin Parish in Douglas. He retains his assignments as teacher at Pius X High School and Advocate on the Tribunal.

Monsignor Robert Tucker is appointed Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Seward. He retains his assignment as Chaplain for the Equestrian Order of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Rev. Michael Ventre is appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Paul and St. Bernard in Julian. He retains his assignments as teacher at Lourdes Central Catholic School, Nebraska City and Advocate on the Tribunal.

Rev. Matthew Zimmer is appointed Pastor of Sts. Mary and Joseph Parish in Valparaiso and Assistant Chief Administrative Officer at Bishop Neumann Jr./Sr. High School in Wahoo. He retains his assignments as Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal and Diocesan Chaplain for Scouts.

Rev. Michael Zimmer (effective July 3, 2017) is appointed Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Sutton, St. Helena Parish in Grafton and teacher at St. Cecilia High School in Hastings and retains his assignment as Advocate on the Tribunal.

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Parochial Vicars

Rev. Justin Fulton is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Teresa Parish in Lincoln and member of the Nebraska Catholic Conference Board. He retains his assignments as teacher at Pius X High School, and Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal.

Rev. BalaRaju Marneni, a priest of the Diocese of Nalgonda, is appointed Parochial Vicar at Saint Cecilia Parish in Hastings

Rev. James Morin is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Mary Parish in Nebraska City, teacher at Lourdes Central Catholic Schools, and to assist with the pastoral care of Spanish-speaking people in Nebraska City.

Rev. Denton Morris is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Parish in York, Chaplain of the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women, and Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal.

Rev. Shravan Raminedi, a priest of the Diocese of Nalgonda, is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Teresa Parish in Lincoln

Rev. Ryan Salisbury is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick Parish in Lincoln, teacher at Pius X High School, and Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal.

Rev. Justin Wylie, a priest of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg, is appointed Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Assistant Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, and teacher at Pius X High School in Lincoln. Father Justin Wylie, a priest of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg, South Africa, who is currently serving as pastor of St. Philip Benizi Parish in Meyerton, has been released for service in the Diocese of Lincoln. After a legal career, he received his priestly formation in Rome. He completed a licentiate degree in canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University and has subsequently served as a Judge for the Interdiocesan Tribunal. Father Wylie’s new appointment affords him the opportunity to be closer to his siblings and their families, who have immigrated to the United States.

Special Assignments

Rev. Thomas Au (effective July 3, 2017) is released for pastoral ministry in Chiayi, Taiwan at St. Martin de Porres Hospital for a period of up to three years.

Rev. Christopher Barak is appointed to special healing ministry with residence at the John Paul II House in Lincoln.

Rev. Joseph Bernardo is appointed full-time Chaplain at Pius X High School in Lincoln with residence at St. John the Apostle Parish in Lincoln.

Rev. Eric Clark is appointed Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, Director of the Charity and Stewardship Appeal, Director of the Bishop’s Appeal for Vocations, Co-Chaplain of Frassati, Diocesan Director of Acolyte and Lector Program, and member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission. He retains his assignments as teacher at Pius X High School in Lincoln and Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal. He will be in residence at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln.

Rev. Kishore Gorantla, a priest of the Diocese of Nalgonda, is appointed Priest in Residence at St. Joseph Parish in Alma and to provide coverage for priests.

Rev. Bernard Lorenz is appointed Priest in Residence at St. Patrick Parish in McCook, to attend to the pastoral needs of Spanish-speaking people in the Western part of the Diocese of Lincoln.

Rev. John Rooney is appointed as full-time Vice Rector for Administrative Affairs at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward. He retains his assignment as Assistant Professor and Director of Technology at St. Gregory the Great Seminary, as well as his assignment as Assistant Director of CALIX.

Relieve/Retire

Rev. Dhan Raj Marneni is relieved of all assignments and returning to his home Diocese of Nalgonda in India.

Newly Ordained, Parochial Vicars
Assignments are effective June 19, 2017

Rev. Samuel Beardslee is appointed Parochial Vicar at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Lincoln, teacher at Pius X High School and Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal.

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

Rev. Jason Doher is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Michael Parish in Lincoln, teacher at Pius X High School and Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal.

Rev. Timothy Cole Kennett is appointed Parochial Vicar at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Falls City, teacher at Sacred Heart School in Falls City, and Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal.

Rev. Andrew Litt is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick Parish in McCook and Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal.

Transitional Deacons
Assignment Dates:  June 5, 2017 to August 1, 2017

Rev. Mr. Doug Daro is appointed to Cristo Rey Parish, Lincoln, to serve as a transitional deacon. 

Rev. Mr. Luke Fleck is appointed to St. Peter Parish, Lincoln, to serve as a transitional deacon. 

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