13 priests, 1 deacon receive assignments

| January 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Four priests were appointed as representatives to the Presbyteral Council as of Jan. 1. The new deans and their deaneries are: Father Thomas Walker, Deanery Five; Father Timothy Dolan, Deanery Ten; Father Stan Mader, Deanery Six; and Father Rolf Tollefson, who will serve as Archbishop John Nienstedt’s appointee.

In addition, Father Douglas Dandurand and Father Thomas Dufner were each given second three-year terms on the Comprehensive Assignment Board, effective Jan. 1.

Also beginning Jan. 1:

Father Daniel Griffith was named to the University of St. Thomas School of Law as a faculty member and to the Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Advisory Council.

Deacon James DeShane was named permanent deacon at St. Edward in Bloomington. He was ordained in 2004 and served Most Holy Trinity in St. Louis Park.

Father George Kallumkalkudy was named pastor of St. Canice in Kilkenny and Most Holy Redeemer in Montgomery. Most recently, he served as pastor of St. Austin in Minneapolis. He was ordained in 1976 in India and first served the archdiocese in 2001 at All Saints in Lakeville. He also served at St. John in Little Canada.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 9, two priests will serve as pastors, one priest will serve as a parochial administrator and one priest will begin graduate studies.

Father Eugene Tiffany was named pastor of All Saints in Minneapolis and administrator of St. Boniface, also in Minneapolis. Most recently, he served at Immaculate Conception in Columbia Heights. After his ordination in 1972, Father Tiffany served at St. Matthew, Nativity of Our Lord and Immaculate Heart of Mary, all in St. Paul; Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale; St. Peter and Academy of Holy Angels, Richfield; St. Henry, Monticello; Holy Trinity, South St. Paul; St. Olaf, Minneapolis and All Saints, Lakeville.

Father John Mitchell was named pastor of Immaculate Conception in Columbia Heights. He was ordained in 1996 and has served at St. John Neumann in Eagan, St. John the Baptist in Jordan and St. Pius X in White Bear Lake.

Father Fernando Ortega will serve as parochial administrator, with all the duties of a pastor, at St. Pius X in White Bear Lake. After his 2008 ordination, he served Divine Mercy in Faribault, St. Michael in Kenyon, St. Patrick in Shieldsville and St. Stephen in Anoka.

Father Nels Gjengdahl will serve St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, while he pursues graduate studies. He most recently served at All Saints in Minneapolis. After his ordination in 2007, he served St. Odilia in Shoreview, St. John Neumann and as chaplain at St. Thomas Academy.

Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 1, Father Michael Izen, will begin serving as pastor of St. Raphael in Crystal. His current assignment is at St. Timothy in Maple Lake. He was ordained in 2005 and has served at Divine Mercy in Faribault and its mission parish, St. Patrick in Shieldsville.

OFFICIAL

Archbishop John C. Nienstedt has announced the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis:

Effective January 1, 2012

Rev. Thomas Walker, appointed Dean of Deanery Five and representative to the Presbyteral Council.

Rev. Timothy Dolan, appointed Dean of Deanery Ten and representative to the Presbyteral Council.

Rev. Stan Mader, appointed Dean of Deanery Six and representative to the Presbyteral Council.

Rev. Rolf Tollefson, appointed Archbishop’s appointee to the Presbyteral Council.

Rev. Douglas Dandurand, appointed to a second three-year term on the Comprehensive Assignment Board.

Rev. Thomas Dufner, appointed to a second three-year term on the Comprehensive Assignment Board

Rev. George Kallumkalkudy, pastor of the Church of Saint Canice of Kilkenny, Minnesota, and the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer of Montgomery, Minnesota. Father Kallumkalkudy’s assignment at the Church of Saint Austin of Minneapolis ended when the parish merged with the Church of Saint Bridget.

Rev. Daniel Griffith, appointed a member of the faculty of the University of Saint Thomas School of Law, and a member of the Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Advisory Council. Father Griffith’s assignment as parochial administrator of the Church of Saint Edward ended with the appointment of Rev. Brian Fier as pastor.

Deacon James DeShane, appointed to exercise the ministry of a permanent deacon at the Church of Saint Edward of Bloomington, Minnesota.

Effective January 9, 2012

Rev. Eugene Tiffany, pastor of the Church of All Saints of Minneapolis. This is a transfer from his assignment as pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception of Columbia Heights.

Rev. Eugene Tiffany, parochial administrator of the Church of Saint Boniface (Minneapolis).

Rev. John Mitchell, pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception of Columbia Heights. This is transfer from his assignment as pastor of the Church of Saint Pius X of White Bear.

Rev. Nels Gjengdahl, assigned full time to Saint Thomas Academy and also given permission to pursue graduate study. Father Gjengdahl’s assignment at the Church of All Saints of Minneapolis ends with the appointment of Father Tiffany as pastor.

Rev. Fernando Ortega, parochial administrator of the Church of Saint Pius X of White Bear. This appointment is ad nutum episcopi, but is expected to continue until July 1, 2012.

Effective February 1, 2012

Rev. Michael Izen, pastor of the Church of Saint Raphael in Crystal, Minnesota. This is a transfer from his current assignment as pastor of the Church of Saint Timothy in Maple Lake.

Category: Appointments