Newly ordained join other priests in parish assignments

| June 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

The men who were ordained May 28 for this archdiocese were given assignments as associate priests that were effective June 15.

Father Jonathan Kelly will serve All Saints, Lakeville.

Father Cole Kracke was named to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Hastings.

Father Nathan LaLiberte will serve St. Stephen, Anoka.

Father James Lannan was named to St. Joseph, West St. Paul.

Father Anthony O’Neill was named to St. John Neumann, Eagan.

Also given new assignments on June 15: Father Allan Paul Eilen was named to serve at Our Lady of Grace in Edina. He had served at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Hastings since his ordination in 2009.

Father Jon Bennett Tran was named to St. Vincent de Paul in Brooklyn Park. After his ordination in 2008, he served at St. Stephen in Anoka.

The following priests will begin new assignments July 1:

Father Timothy Cloutier, who has been serving as pastor of St. Mary in Waverly since 2003, will serve as the judicial vicar of the Metropolitan Tribunal. He previously served at St. Raphael in Crystal and at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Minnetonka.

Father Timothy Dolan was named pastor of Our Lady of the Lake in Mound. He is currently serving as pastor of St. Michael in Pine Island and St. Paul in Zumbrota. He also has served Annunciation in Min­nea­polis, St. George in Long Lake, St. Margaret Mary in Golden Valley, St. John the Evangelist in Little Canada, Holy Trinity in South St. Paul and North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

Father Paul Kubista will serve at St. Hubert in Chanhassen. He has been serving St. Mathias in Hamp­ton, St. Mary in New Trier and St. John the Baptist in Vermillion since his ordination in 2010.

Father James Liekhus was named pastor of St. Joseph in Hopkins, in addition to his current appointment as pastor of St. John the Evangelist, also in Hopkins. After his ordination in 2005, Father Liekhus served at Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul.

Father Kenneth O’Hotto was named associate state chaplain to the Minnesota Knights of Columbus in addition to his appointment as pastor of St. Mary in Waverly. He has been serving at St. Michael in West St. Paul since 2003. Previously, he served at St. Anne in Le Sueur, Blessed Sacrament in St. Paul and St. Dominic in Northfield.

The following priests have been appointed pastors to the parishes where they have been serving as administrators. They are:

Father Dennis Backer at Nativity in Cleve­land and Immaculate Con­cep­tion in Marysburg.

Father Robert Hart at St. Patrick in Inver Grove Heights.

Father Michael Kaluza at Our Lady of the Prairie in Belle Plaine.

Father Kevin McDonough at In­car­nation in Minneapolis. He re­mains pastor at St. Peter Claver, St. Paul.


Archbishop John C. Nienstedt has made the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis:
Effective June 15, 2011:

Rev. Jonathan Kelly, associate priest, All Saints, Lakeville.

Rev. Cole Kracke, associate priest, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Hastings.

Rev. Nathan LaLiberte, associate priest, St. Stephen, Anoka.

Rev. James Lannan, associate priest, St. Joseph, West St. Paul.

Rev. Anthony O’Neill, associate priest, St. John Neumann, Eagan.

Rev. Allan Paul Eilen, associate priest, Our Lady of Grace, Edina.

Rev. Jon Bennett Tran, associate priest, St. Vincent De Paul, Brooklyn Park.

Effective July 1, 2011:

Rev. Timothy D. Cloutier, judicial vicar of the Metropolitan Tribunal, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Min­nea­polis.

Rev. Timothy E. Dolan, pastor, Our Lady of the Lake, Mound.

Rev. Paul B. Kubista, associate priest, St. Hubert, Chanhassen.

Rev. James C. Liekhus, pastor, St. Jo­seph, Hopkins, in addition to his current appointment as pastor of St. John the Evangelist, Hopkins.

Rev. Kenneth L. O’Hotto, Associate State Chaplain, Minnesota Knights of Columbus, in addition to his appointment as pastor of St. Mary, Waverly.


Formerly parochial administrators, now appointed pastors (effective July 1, 2011).

Rev. Dennis J. Backer, pastor, Nativity, Cleveland, and Immaculate Conception, Marysburg.

Rev. Robert B. Hart, pastor, St. Patrick, Inver Grove Heights.

Rev. Michael C. Kaluza, pastor, Our Lady of the Prairie, Belle Plaine.

Rev. Kevin M. McDonough, pastor, Incarnation, Minneapolis.

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