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19 new pastors appointed by Archbishop Aymond


OFFICIAL

In order to provide pastoral care for the people of God in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Archbishop Aymond has made the following appointments.
(All appointments for pastors are for a six-year term, which may be renewed - see story below):



PASTORS





Reverend Edmund Akordor
as Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Norco, effective July 2, 2014.












Reverend Daniel E. Brouillette
as Pastor of Annunciation Parish, Bogalusa, effective July 2, 2014.












Reverend Ronald L. Calkins
as Pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Metairie, effective July 2, 2014.











Reverend Joel P. Cantones
as Pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish, Hahnville, effective July 2, 2014.












Reverend Robert C. Cavalier
as Pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Folsom, effective July 2, 2014.













Reverend Patrick Collum
as Pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish, LaPlace, effective July 2, 2014.














Reverend Kyle V. Dave
as Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Belle Chasse, effective July 2, 2014.













Reverend Raymond J. Guillot
as Pastor of Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Waggaman, effective July 2, 2014.













Reverend Dennis J. Hayes, III
as Pastor of Blessed Trinity Parish, New Orleans, effective July 2, 2014.












Reverend Eugene F. Jacques
as Pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Marrero, effective July 2, 2014.












Reverend James J. Jeanfreau
as Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Marrero, effective July 2, 2014.













Reverend Thomas Kilasara
as Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Lacombe, effective July 2, 2014.













Reverend Quentin Moody
as Pastor of St. Jerome Parish, Kenner, effective July 2, 2014.















Reverend Emmanuel Mulenga, O.M.I.,
as Pastor of St. Augustine Parish, New Orleans, effective July 2, 2014.













Reverend Hoai T. Nguyen
as Pastor of Assumption of Mary Parish, Avondale, effective July 2, 2014.












Reverend William O’Rior­dan
as Pastor of St. Ann Parish, Metairie, effective July 2, 2014.












Reverend John-Nhan Tran
as Pastor of Mary Queen of Peace Parish, Mandeville, effective July 2, 2014.












Reverend Joseph Thang Dinh Tran
as Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Algiers, effective July 2, 2014.












Reverend Peter C. Weiss, S.S.J.
as Pastor of All Saints Parish, New Orleans, effective July 2, 2014.











PAROCHIAL VICARS

Reverend David Begany, S.S.J., as Parochial Vicar of Corpus Christi-Epiphany Parish, New Orleans, effective July 1, 2014.

Reverend Christian De­Lerno as Parochial Vicar of St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Metairie, effective July 2, 2014.

Reverend Peter Finney III as Parochial Vicar of St. Peter Parish, Covington, effective July 2, 2014.


NEWLY ORDAINED PRIESTS
(to be ordained June 7, 2014)

Reverend Ian Bozant as Parochial Vicar of Mary Queen of Peace Parish, Mandeville, effective July 2, 2014.

Reverend Charles Dussouy as Parochial Vicar of St. Edward the Confessor Parish, Metairie, effective July 2, 2014.

Reverend Timothy Hedrick as Parochial Vicar of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Metairie, effective July 2, 2014.

Reverend Matthew Johnston as Parochial Vicar of St. Clement of Rome Parish, Metairie, effective July 2, 2014.


SEMINARY ASSIGNMENT

Reverend Damian Hinojosa as professor, spiritual director and member of Formation staff at St. Joseph Seminary College, Covington, effective July 2, 2014.


IN RESIDENCE

Reverend Terence Hayden in residence at St. Christopher the Martyr Parish, Metairie, while continuing with hospital and prison ministry, effective July 2, 2014.

Reverend Maurice J. Nutt, C.Ss.R., in residence at St. Alphonsus Parish, New Orleans, while serving as the Director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, effective July 1, 2014.

Reverend Nicholas P. Pericone in residence at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Destrehan, while continuing full-time ministry in the Metropolitan Tribunal, effective July 2, 2014.


RETIREMENT

Reverend Msgr. Terry B. Becnel, effective July 1, 2014.

Reverend Bernard C. Francis, effective July 1, 2014.

We are very grateful to Msgr. Terry Becnel and Father Bernie Francis for their many years of faithful service as priests.


TRANSITIONAL DEACONS
(to be ordained May 24, 2014)

Reverend Mr. Paul Clark as Deacon intern, St. Clement of Rome Parish, Metairie, effective June-October 2014.

Reverend Mr. Christopher Zavackis as Deacon intern, St. Pius X Parish, New Orleans, effective June-October 2014.

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Abp. Aymond explains 6-year terms for pastors
By Peter Finney Jr., Clarion Herald

Beginning this year, Archbishop Gregory Aymond will assign new pastors for a six-year term, which can be renewed for a second six-year term and, perhaps, beyond that.

“According to canon law, appointments as pastor can be made for six years, or they are open-ended, which could be interpreted as being for the lifetime of a person, unless the bishop and the pastor agree that they should move,” Archbishop Aymond said.

Before modifying the appointment criteria, the archbishop consulted with the Presbyteral Council and the Council of Deans, which he said unanimously agreed that a six-year term, which can be renewed, was best for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

The new criteria is not retroactive to any pastor assigned before 2014.

“At the end of the six years, there will be a conversation between the priest and the archbishop,” Archbishop Aymond said. “We will look at the priest’s gifts, his happiness and the satisfaction of the people and together determine whether he should be reassigned for another six years.

“At the end of those six years, if there is good cause, it could be extended. It can be for an extended period of time if there is good reason.”

Archbishop Aymond said a growing number of dioceses across the United States have adopted the six-year pastoral term.

While individual parishioners may feel hurt when a beloved pastor moves on to another assignment, Archbishop Aymond said the needs of the archdiocese are important.

“I know it’s painful to lose someone whom you love and admire and who has been a part of your family, but we are not ordained for a parish – we are ordained for ministry within the archdiocese,” Archbishop Aymond said. “In most cases, a priest does very good work. He totally immerses himself into the parish and into the parish’s ministry.

“At a certain time, it is perhaps important for him and for the people for him to move on. More importantly, if there is an opportunity where his particular gifts are needed, then it’s up to me to bring that to his attention and say, ‘I believe this is a sign from God that we need you someplace else.”

Archbishop Aymond said he has been “overwhelmed” by the positive reaction of priests when they are asked to take on a new assignment.

“The cooperation and spirit of collaboration by the priests who serve in the archdiocese has been incredible,” Archbishop Aymond said. “When we have determined through prayer and conversation with the priest personnel committee that it would be helpful for a priest to be transferred, our priests have always been most open to that. It’s extraordinarily rare that a priest has asked for me to reconsider.”

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