Archbishop John Nienstedt has approved appointments, granted faculties, announced retirements and granted a sabbatical for priests and deacons in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Father Peter Laird, archdiocesan vicar general and moderator of the curia, was named parochial administrator of St. Boniface and All Saints, both in Minneapolis
Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, has announced the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
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.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced that three canonical mergers will be official on Jan. 1: St. Austin of Minneapolis into St. Bridget of Minneapolis; Most Holy Trinity in St. Louis Park into Our Lady of Grace in Edina; and St. Vincent in St. Paul into the Cathedral parish of St. Paul.
Father Gregory Welch retired from full-time ministry June 30. He had served as pastor of St. Patrick in Edina since 2004. He was ordained in 1967 and served on staff at the Catholic Youth Center in St. Paul.