New pastors, parochial vicars announced for 2015
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.)
Reverend Charles Benoit, O.S.B., as Pastor of St. Benedict Parish, Covington, effective June 1, 2015.
Reverend Edward M. Grice as Pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish, Slidell, effective July 1, 2015.
Reverend Michael Labre as Pastor of St. Thomas Parish, Pointe a la Hache/Assumption Mission, Braithwaite, effective July 1, 2015.
Reverend Geoffrey Omondi Muga, F.M.H., as Pastor of Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, New Orleans, effective July 1, 2015.
Reverend Joseph Dau Nguyen as Pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish, Avondale, effective July 1, 2015.
Reverend Emile G. “Buddy” Noel as Pastor of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Westwego/Holy Guardian Angels, Bridge City, effective July 1, 2015.
Reverend Anthony Odiong as Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Luling, effective Aug. 15, 2015.
Reverend John J. Payne as Pastor of St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish, New Orleans, effective July 1, 2015.
Reverend Wayne C. Paysse as Administrator of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Slidell, effective July 1, 2015, while Msgr. Lipps will remain pastor, during his recuperation.
Reverend Raphael Mbotela Kasele, F.M.H., as Parochial Vicar of Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, effective July 1, 2015.
Newly Ordained Priest
(to be ordained June 6, 2015)
Reverend Christopher Zavackis as Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Mandeville, effective July 1, 2015.
Reverend Victor Cohea, Chaplain for Holy Family Sisters, effective July 1, 2015.
Reverend Msgr. Douglas Doussan, effective July 1, 2015
Reverend Patrick Gannon, effective July 1, 2015
Reverend Msgr. Lanaux Rareshide, effective July 1, 2015
We are very grateful to Msgr. Doug Doussan, Rev. Pat Gannon and Msgr. Lanaux Rareshide for their many years of faithful service as priests and as very dedicated pastors.
Reverend David Rabe, effective Aug. 15, 2015
(to be ordained May 23, 2015)
Reverend Mr. David Ducote as Deacon intern, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Metairie, effective June-October 2015.
Reverend Mr. Francis Nguyen as Deacon intern, St. Cletus Parish, Gretna, effective June-October 2015.
Reverend Mr. Francis Offia as Deacon intern, Divine Mercy Parish, Kenner, effective June-October 2015.
Reverend Mr. Kenneth Smith as Deacon intern, St. Rita Parish, Harahan, effective June-October 2015.
Licentiate in Canon Law
In order to have an appropriate number of Canon Lawyers for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the following priests will begin in June, 2015, a five-year summer program to earn the J.C.L.:
Reverend Daniel E. Brouillette
Reverend Timothy Daniel Hedrick
Reverend Jonathan Paul Hemelt
Reverend Matthew David Johnston
Doctor of Ministry
In order to provide for seminary formation in the future, Reverend Kurt Young is enrolled at Aquinas Institute to earn a D.Min. in Preaching while serving as Vocation Director.