Appointments – June 6, 2019

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Archbishop Bernard Hebda has announced the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis:

Retirements Effective June 30, 2019

Reverend Balufu Cletus Basekela, granted the status of a retired priest. Father Basekela has served the Archdiocese as a priest since his arrival in 1999, most recently as parochial administrator of the Church of Saint Jerome in Maplewood. Father Basekela was ordained a priest in 1971 and incardinated into the Archdiocese in 2007.

Reverend Kevin Clinton, granted the status of a retired priest. Father Clinton has served the Archdiocese as a priest since his ordination in 1974, most recently as pastor of the Church of Saint Wenceslaus in New Prague.

Reverend Patrick Kennedy, granted the status of a retired priest. Father Kennedy has served the Archdiocese as a priest since his ordination in 1977.

Effective April 15, 2019

Reverend Peter Williams, appointed temporary parochial administrator of the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi in Lake Saint Croix Beach, while the pastor, Reverend Mark Underdahl, is on a leave of absence. This is in addition to his current assignment as pastor of the Church of Saint Ambrose in Woodbury.

Effective May 3, 2019

Very Reverend Michael Tix, appointed parochial administrator of the Church of Saint John the Baptist in Vermillion, the Church of Saint Mathias in Hampton, and the Church of Saint Mary in New Trier, while the pastor, Reverend Cole Kracke, is on a leave of absence. This is in addition to Father Tix’s current assignment as Episcopal Vicar for Clergy and Parish Services for the Archdiocese.

Effective May 11, 2019

Reverend Timothy Wratkowski, appointed parochial administrator of the Church of Saint Joseph in West Saint Paul. This is a temporary assignment while the pastor, Reverend Michael Creagan, is on military deployment. Father Wratkowski has been serving as parochial vicar of the same parish.

Effective June 12, 2019

Reverend Paul Baker, appointed parochial vicar of the Church of the Epiphany in Coon Rapids. This is a transfer from his current assignment as parochial vicar of the Church of Saint Vincent de Paul in Brooklyn Park and as chaplain to Totino-Grace High School.

Reverend Joseph Connelly, appointed parochial vicar of the Church of Saint John Neumann in Eagan. Father Connelly was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 2019.

Reverend Louis Floeder, appointed parochial vicar of the Church of Saint Stephen in Anoka. Father Floeder was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 2019.

Reverend Joseph Gifford, appointed parochial vicar of the Church of All Saints in Lakeville. Father Gifford was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 2019.

Reverend Seraphim Wirth, fbp, appointed to ministerial service to the apostolate of the Franciscan Brothers of Peace and as chaplain for the Karen Community. Father Seraphim was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 2019.

Reverend Andrew Zipp, appointed parochial vicar of the Church of Saint Vincent de Paul in Brooklyn Park and as chaplain to Totino-Grace High School. Father Zipp was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 2019.

Effective July 1, 2019

Reverend James Adams, appointed parochial administrator of the Church of Saint Francis de Sales in Saint Paul. This is a transfer from his current assignment as parochial vicar of the Church of Saint Mary in Le Center, the Church of Saint Henry in Saint Henry, the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Marysburg, the Church of the Nativity in Cleveland, and the Church of Saint Anne in Le Sueur.

Reverend Jake Anderson, appointed parochial administrator of the Church of St. Lawrence in Minneapolis, as Director of the Newman Center and Chapel at the University of Minnesota, and as Chaplain to the University of Minnesota. This is a transfer from his previous assignment as Director of the St. John Paul II Newman Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Reverend Neil Bakker, appointed pastor of the Church of Saint John the Baptist in Jordan. Father Bakker has been serving as parochial administrator of the same parish.

Reverend Joseph Bambenek, appointed to the Archdiocesan Catholic Center as Assistant Director of the Archdiocesan Synod. This is a transfer from his current assignment as pastor of the Church of Saint Pius X in White Bear Lake and as chaplain to Frassati Catholic Academy.

Reverend Michael Barsness, appointed parochial vicar of the Church of Saint John the Baptist in Savage. This is a transfer from his current assignment as parochial vicar of the Church of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Hastings.

Reverend Dennis Dempsey, will provide ministry to the Parroquia Jesucristo Resucitado in Puerto Ordaz, Estado Bolivar, Venezuela. Father Dempsey previously served as pastor of the Church of the Annunciation in Hazelwood and the Church of Saint Dominic in Northfield.

Reverend Bryce Evans, appointed parochial vicar of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Minneapolis and as part-time chaplain to The Institute for Catholic School Leadership at The Saint Paul Seminary. This is a transfer from his current assignment as parochial vicar of the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus in Wayzata.

Reverend Edison Galarza, o.cc.ss, appointed half-time parochial vicar of the Church of the Risen Savior in Burnsville and half-time chaplain at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul. This is a transfer from his assignment as parochial vicar of the Church of the Guardian Angels in Chaska and the Church of Saint Nicholas in Carver.

Reverend Nels Gjengdahl, appointed chaplain to Holy Family High School in Victoria and as sacramental minister to the Parish of Saints Joachim and Anne in Shakopee. This is a transfer from his previous assignment as pastor of the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin in Bloomington.

Reverend Daniel Griffith, appointed Liaison for Restorative Justice and healing for the Archdiocese. This is in addition to his assignment as Pastor of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Minneapolis and as faculty at the University of Saint Thomas School of Law.

Reverend Bryan Hajovsky, OFM Conv., granted faculties of the Archdiocese and appointed pastor of the Church of Saint Bonaventure in Bloomington. Father Hajovsky is a member of the Conventual Franciscan Friars. He replaces Reverend Richard Kaley, OFM Conv., who will be in residence at the Saint Bonaventure Friary.

Reverend Robert Hart, appointed parochial administrator of the Church of Saint Dominic in Northfield, and the Church of the Annunciation in Hazelwood. Father Hart is a retired priest of the Archdiocese.

Reverend Spencer Howe, appointed pastor of the Church of the Holy Cross in Minneapolis. Father Howe has been serving as parochial administrator of the same parish.

Reverend Peter Hughes, appointed parochial administrator of the Church of Saint Boniface in Saint Bonifacius, and the Church of Saint Mary of Czestochowa in Delano. Father Hughes was previously in residence at the Church of Our Lady of the Lake in Mound.

Reverend Andrew Jaspers, appointed as sacramental minister of the Church of Saint Stephen in Minneapolis. This is in addition to his current appointment as spiritual director of the Saint John Vianney Seminary.

Reverend Kevin Kenney, appointed pastor of the Church of Saint Olaf in Minneapolis and parochial administrator of the Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Minneapolis. This is a transfer from his current assignment as pastor of the Church of the Divine Mercy in Faribault and the Church of Saint Michael in Kenyon. Father Kenney succeeds Father Patrick Kennedy at Saint Olaf and Father Daniel Griffith at Saints Cyril and Methodius.

Reverend John Klockeman, appointed pastor of the Church of Saint Gerard Majella in Brooklyn Park. This is a transfer from his previous assignment as Assistant Director of Spiritual Formation at the Saint Paul Seminary and as Director of the Archbishop Flynn Catechetical Institute.

Reverend Abraham Kochupurackal, appointed pastor of the Church of Saint Bernard in Cologne and the Church of the Ascension in Norwood Young America. This is a transfer of his previous assignment as spiritual director of the Saint John Vianney Seminary.

Reverend Kyle Kowalczyk, appointed parochial administrator of the Church of Saint Maximilian Kolbe in Delano. This is a transfer from his previous assignment as parochial vicar of the Church of the Epiphany in Coon Rapids.

Reverend Allen Kuss, appointed pastor of the Church of Saint Patrick in Edina. This is a transfer from his previous assignment as Director of Pastoral Formation and as Director of the Teaching Parish Program at the Saint Paul Seminary.

Reverend Nathan LaLiberte, appointed pastor of the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin in Bloomington and as canonical administrator of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Catholic School in Bloomington. This is a transfer from his previous assignment as pastor of the Church of Saint Maximilian Kolbe in Delano.

Reverend Toulee Peter Ly, appointed parochial administrator of the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Maplewood. This is a transfer from his previous assignment as parochial vicar of the Church of Saint John Neumann in Eagan.

Reverend Kevin Magner, appointed as parochial vicar of the Church of Saint John the Baptist in New Brighton. This is a transfer from his previous assignment as parochial vicar of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Medina, the Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle in Corcoran, and the Church of Saint Anne in Hamel, as well as chaplain to Ave Maria Academy in Maple Grove.

Reverend Thomas McKenzie, appointed parochial administrator of the Church of Saint Pius X in White Bear Lake and as chaplain to Frassati Catholic Academy. This is a transfer from his previous assignment as pastor of the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Maplewood.

Reverend William Murtaugh, appointed pastor of the Church of Christ the King in Minneapolis. This is a transfer from his previous assignment as parochial vicar of the Church of Pax Christi in Eden Prairie. Father Murtaugh succeeds Reverend Herbert Hayek, OP, who has been reassigned by his religious superior.

Reverend Marc Paveglio, appointed pastor of the Church of Saint Rose of Lima in Roseville and the Church of Corpus Christi in Roseville. Father Paveglio has been serving as parochial administrator of the same parishes.

Reverend James Peterson, appointed pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Columbia Heights. Father Peterson has been serving as parochial administrator of the same parish.

Reverend Cory Rohlfing, appointed pastor of the Church of the Divine Mercy in Faribault and the Church of Saint Michael in Kenyon. This is a transfer from his previous assignment as pastor of the Church of Saint Jude of the Lake in Mahtomedi and as Minister to Clergy for the Archdiocese.

Reverend Timothy Sandquist, appointed parochial vicar of the Church of Saint Mary in Le Center, the Church of Saint Henry in Saint Henry, the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Marysburg, and the Church of the Nativity in Cleveland. This is a transfer from his previous assignment as parochial vicar of the Church of Saint John the Baptist in Savage.

Reverend Leo Schneider, appointed pastor of the Church of the Holy Name in Minneapolis. Father Schneider previously served as parochial administrator of the same parish.

Reverend Matthew Shireman, appointed as parochial vicar of the Church of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Hastings. Father Shireman previously served as parochial vicar of the Church of Saint Stephen in Anoka.

Reverend Paul Shovelain, appointed parochial administrator of the Church of Saint John the Baptist in New Brighton. Father Shovelain previously served as parochial vicar of the same parish.

Reverend Michael Skluzacek, appointed to the formation faculty of The Saint Paul Seminary. This is a transfer from his previous assignment as pastor of the Church of Saint John the Baptist in New Brighton. Father Skluzacek will also serve as sacramental minister at the Church of Saint Wenceslaus in New Prague.

Reverend James Stiles, appointed parochial administrator of the Church of Saint Mary in Le Center, the Church of Saint Henry in Saint Henry, the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Marysburg, and the Church of the Nativity in Cleveland. Father Stiles previously served as parochial vicar of the same parishes. He will no longer be assigned to the Church of Saint Anne in Le Sueur.

Reverend Eugene Theisen, appointed parochial administrator of the Church of Saint Wenceslaus in New Prague. Father Theisen previously served as parochial vicar of the same parish.

Reverend Victor Valencia, appointed pastor of the Church of Saint Jerome in Maplewood. This is a transfer from his current assignment as pastor of the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer in Montgomery and the Church of Saint Patrick in Shieldsville.

Reverend Jon Vander Ploeg, appointed Assistant Director of Spiritual Formation at The Saint Paul Seminary. This is a transfer from his previous assignment as pastor of the Church of St. Lawrence in Minneapolis, as Director of the Newman Center and Chapel at the University of Minnesota, and as Chaplain to the University of Minnesota.

Reverend Chad VanHoose, appointed parochial administrator of the Church of Saint Jude of the Lake in Mahtomedi. This is a transfer from his current assignment as parochial vicar of the Church of All Saints in Lakeville.

Reverend Joseph-Quoc Thien Vuong, appointed parochial vicar of the Church of Saint Gerard Majella in Brooklyn Park and chaplain to the Vietnamese community at the same parish. This is a transfer from his current assignment as pastor of the Church of Saint Boniface in Saint Bonifacius and the Church of Saint Mary of Czestochowa in Delano.

Effective July 8, 2019

Reverend Colin Jones, appointed parochial vicar of the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus in Wayzata. Father Jones is returning to the Archdiocese after completing academic studies in Rome.

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