His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments, effective November 28, 2022:

Deacon John Bankus, to diaconal ministry, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville.

Deacon John Bubb, to diaconal ministry, St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Williamsport..

Deacon Martin Castaldi, to diaconal ministry, Divine Mercy Parish, Scranton.

Deacon Matthew Eisley, to diaconal ministry, Immaculate Conception Parish, Williamsport and St. Luke Parish, Jersey Shore.

Deacon Thomas Kostic, to diaconal ministry, Saints Cyril and Methodius Parish, Hazleton.

Deacon Steven Miller, to diaconal ministry, Our Lady of Victory Parish, Tannersville.

Deacon Nicholas Rocco, to diaconal ministry, St. Eulalia Parish, Roaring Brook Township.

Deacon Frank Zeranski, to diaconal ministry, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Moscow.

 

 

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments, effective as indicated:

Reverend Sixtus Appiah Kyeremeh, from Parochial Vicar, Saint Faustina Kowalska Parish, Nanticoke, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Lake Silkworth, effective November 15, 2022. Father Appiah Kyeremeh will return to ministry in the Diocese of Sunyani, Ghana.

Reverend Richard Gyansah-Tabiri, from the Diocese of Sunyani, to Parochial Vicar, Saint Faustina Kowalska Parish, Nanticoke, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Lake Silkworth, effective November 15, 2022.

Reverend Binesh Joseph Kanjirakattu, from Parochial Vicar, Saint Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, and Saint Boniface Parish, Williamsport, to residence, Ascension Parish, Forest City, and Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, Pleasant Mount, effective August 16, 2022.

Deacons

Deacon Paul Brojack, from diaconal ministry, Our Lady of the Abingtons Parish, Dalton, and Saint Patrick Parish, Nicholson, to diaconal ministry, Saint Brigid Parish, Frie Most Holy Trinity Parish, Susquehanna,
effective November 15, 2022.

 

 

In accord with Canon 553 of the Code of Canon Law, Bishop Bambera has appointed the following priests to serve as deans in the twelve Deaneries of the Diocese of Scranton for a term of three years, effective October 6, 2022:

  • Scranton Deanery                  –           Monsignor Neil J. Van Loon, V.F.
  • Dunmore Deanery                 –           Reverend David P. Cappelloni, V.F.
  • Clarks Summit Deanery       –           Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, V.F.
  • Carbondale Deanery             –           Reverend Seth Wasnock, V.F.
  • Pittston Deanery                    –           Reverend Joseph P. Elston, V.F.
  • Wilkes-Barre Deanery           –           Reverend Richard J. Cirba, V.F.
  • Kingston Deanery                  –           Reverend Brian VanFossen, V.F.
  • Hazleton Deanery                  –           Reverend Michael J. Piccola, V.F.
  • Honesdale Deanery               –           Reverend Joseph J. Manarchuck, V.F.
  • Stroudsburg Deanery           –           Reverend Brian J. W. Clarke, V.F.
  • Sayre Deanery                         –           Reverend Kevin M. Miller, V.F.
  • Williamsport Deanery           –           Reverend Bert S. Kozen, V.F.

On September 19, 2022, His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announced the following appointments, effective October 10, 2022:

Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, J.D., J.C.L., from Pastor, Saint John Neumann Parish and Saint Paul of the Cross Parish, Scranton, to Pastor, Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Clarks Summit.

Reverend Jonathan P. Kuhar, from Parochial Vicar, Saint John Neumann Parish and Saint Paul of the Cross Parish, Scranton, to Pastor, Saint John Neumann Parish and Saint Paul of the Cross Parish, Scranton.

Reverend Alfredo Rosario Paulino, from the Diocese of La Vega, Dominican Republic, to Parochial Vicar, Saint John Neumann Parish and Saint Paul of the Cross Parish, Scranton.

Reverend John M. Lapera, from Administrator, Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Clarks Summit.  Father Lapera will continue to serve as Pastor, Saint Gregory Parish, Clarks Green.

 

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointment, effective November 26, 2022:

 Reverend Helias De Oliveira, from Parochial Vicar, Saint John Neumann Parish and Saint Paul of the Cross Parish, Scranton.  Father De Oliveira will return to ministry in the Diocese of Joinville, SC, Brazil.

 

August 4, 2022

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments, effective August 16, 2022:

Reverend Andrew Amankwaa, from Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Snows Parish, Clarks Summit, to Parochial Vicar, Most Holy Trinity Parish, Susquehanna and St. Brigid Parish, Friendsville.

Reverend David W. Cramer, from Pastor, Most Holy Trinity Parish, Susquehanna, to Pastor, St. Eulalia Parish, Elmhurst.

Father Michael Amo Gyau, from the Diocese of Sunyani, Ghana, to Parochial Vicar, Christ the King Parish, Archbald.

Father Paschal Mbagwu, from Nigeria, to Administrator, St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Pocono Pines.

Reverend Kevin M. Miller, to Administrator, Most Holy Trinity Parish, Susquehanna.  He will continue to serve as Pastor, St. Brigid Parish, Friendsville.

Deacons:

Deacon John C. Jorda, to diaconal ministry, Our Lady of Victory Parish, Harvey’s Lake.  He will continue in diaconal ministry, Gate of Heaven, Dallas.

Deacon Ronald D. Maida, to diaconal ministry, St. Brigid Parish, Friendsville.  He will remain in diaconal ministry at Most Holy Trinity Parish, Susquehanna.

 

 

July 25, 2022

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments, effective as indicated:

Reverend Arun Lakra, from Parochial Vicar, St. Rose of Lima Parish, Carbondale, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Carbondale, to Administrator, Ascension Parish, Forest City, and Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, Pleasant Mount, effective July 19, 2022.

Reverend Jeffrey D. Tudgay, J.C.L., to Administrator pro tem, St. Eulalia Parish, Elmhurst, effective July 26, 2022 to August 16, 2022.  He will remain Pastor, Cathedral of St. Peter, Scranton.

Reverend Shinu Vazhakkoottathil John, from the Diocese of Kottapuram, India, to Parochial Vicar, Epiphany Parish, Sayre, effective July 26, 2022.

 

July 6, 2022

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments, effective as indicated:

Reverend Andrew Amankwaa, to Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Clarks Summit, effective July 6, 2022.  He will temporarily continue in Residence, Christ the King Parish, Archbald.

Reverend Sean G. Carpenter, from Pastor, Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Pocono Pines, to Pastor, Resurrection Parish, Muncy, effective August 16, 2022.

Monsignor Michael J. Delaney, from Pastor, Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Clarks Summit, to Administrative Leave of Absence, effective July 1, 2022.

Reverend John M. Lapera, to Administrator pro tem, Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Clarks Summit, effective July 1, 2022. He will continue to serve as Pastor, Saint Gregory Parish, Clarks Green.

 

 

June 29, 2022

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments, effective as indicated:

Monsignor Dale R. Rupert, from Pastor, Cathedral of St. Peter, Scranton, to Senior Priest and Pastor Emeritus, Cathedral of St. Peter, Scranton, and Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, effective July 26, 2022.

Reverend Jeffrey D. Tudgay, J.C.L., from Pastor, St. Eulalia Parish, Elmhurst, to Pastor, Cathedral of St. Peter, Scranton, effective July 26, 2022.  He will continue to serve as Judicial Vicar and Vicar for Canonical Affairs.

Reverend Shawn M. Simchock, to Parochial Vicar, Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, effective July 1, 2022.  Father will continue to serve as Parochial Vicar, Saint Ignatius Loyola Parish, Kingston.

Reverend Sudhir Toppo, from Heralds of the Good News Mother Theresa Province, India, to Parochial Vicar, Saint John Bosco Parish, Conyngham, effective June 28, 2022.

Reverend Binesh Joseph Kanjirakattu, from Heralds of the Good News Mother Theresa Province, India, to Parochial Vicar, St. Boniface Parish, Williamsport and St. Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, effective June 28, 2022.

Permanent Deacons:

Deacon Walter G. Janoski, to diaconal ministry, Corpus Christi Parish, West Pittston, effective immediately.  He will continue in diaconal ministry, St. Barbara Parish, Exeter.

Deacon James R. Meizanis, to diaconal ministry, St. Barbara Parish, Exeter, effective immediately.  He will continue in diaconal ministry, Corpus Christi Parish, West Pittston.

Deacon Frank H. Hine, to diaconal ministry, All Saints Parish, Plymouth, effective July 26, 2022.  He will continue in diaconal ministry, St. John the Baptist Parish, Larksville.

Deacon Gerald P. Pernot, to diaconal ministry, Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, effective July 1, 2022.  He will continue in diaconal ministry, St. Ignatius Parish, Kingston.

 

 

June 14, 2022

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments, effective as indicated:

Reverend Jacek J. Bialkowski, from Pastor, All Saints Parish, Plymouth, to Pastor, Saint Peter Parish, Wellsboro, and Saint Thomas Parish, Elkland, effective July 26, 2022

Reverend Stephen Kow Bosomafi, from Assistant Pastor, Christ the King Parish, Archbald, to Pastor, Saint Thomas More Parish, Lake Ariel, effective July 26, 2022.

Reverend Jose Joseph Kuriappilly, from Assistant Pastor, Epiphany Parish, Sayre, to Pastor, SS Peter and Paul Parish, Towanda, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Wyalusing, effective July 26, 2022.

Reverend Glenn E. McCreary, V.E., from Pastor, Resurrection Parish, Muncy, to Pastor, Saint Boniface Parish, Williamsport, and Saint Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, effective August 16, 2022.  Father McCreary will continue to serve as Episcopal Vicar for the Western Pastoral Region of the Diocese of Scranton.

Monsignor David L. Tressler, to Pastor, Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, effective July 1, 2022.  Monsignor will continue to serve as Pastor, Saint Ignatius Loyola Parish, Kingston.

Reverend Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C., from Administrator, Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, to ministry within the Congregation of Holy Cross, effective July 1, 2022.

Special Assignment:

Reverend Jonathan P. Kuhar, to Chaplain of Scouts in the Diocese of Scranton, for a period of five (5) years, effective June 6, 2022.  Father will continue to serve as Assistant Pastor, Saint John Neumann Parish and Saint Paul of the Cross Parish, Scranton.

 

 

May 25, 2022

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments, effective as indicated:

Reverend Patrick L. Albert, from Pastor, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Lake Winola.  Father will remain Pastor, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Tunkhannock, with care of St. Joachim Church, Meshoppen, effective July 26, 2022

Reverend Robert J. Antonelli, from Senior Priest, St. Boniface Parish, Williamsport and St. Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, to Administrator pro tem, St. Boniface Parish, Williamsport and St. Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, effective May 31, 2022.

Reverend William D. Corcoran, from Pastor, St. Boniface Parish, Williamsport and St. Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, to retirement, effective May 31, 2022.

Rev. Gerald J. Gurka, to Pastor, All Saints Parish, Plymouth, effective July 26, 2022.  Father will remain Pastor, St. John the Baptist Parish, Larksville.

Rev. Edward L. Michelini, from Pastor, Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Towanda and Administrator pro tem, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Wyalusing, to Pastor Emeritus, effective July 26, 2022.

Reverend Joseph J. Mosley, from Pastor, St. Peter Parish, Wellsboro and St. Thomas Parish, Elkland, to Senior Priest, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Carbondale and St. Rose of Lima Parish, Carbondale, effective July 26, 2022.

Reverend Alex J. Roche, S.T.L., from Administrator pro tem, St. Maria Goretti Parish, Laflin, to Pastor, St. Maria Goretti Parish, Laflin, effective May 17, 2022.  Father Roche will remain Director of the Office for Vocations and Chaplain, Misericordia University, Dallas.

Reverend Arbogaste Satoun, to Pastor, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Lake Winola, effective July 26, 2022.  Father will remain Pastor, Our Lady of the Abingtons Parish, Dalton and St. Patrick Parish, Nicholson.

Monsignor  John J. Sempa, from Administrator pro tem, St. Barbara Parish, Exeter, to Pastor, St. Barbara Parish, Exeter, effective May 17, 2022.  Monsignor will remain Pastor, Corpus Christi Parish, West Pittston.

Reverend Stephen J. Stavoy, from Pastor, St. Thomas More Parish, Lake Ariel, to retirement, effective July 26, 2022.

Rev. Rawel Toppo, from Assistant Pastor, Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Brodheadsville, to Assistant Pastor, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Freeland and Good Shepherd Parish, Drums, effective May 31, 2022.

Priest Personnel Board

Reverend Joseph P. Elston, Pastor, St. John the Evangelist Parish and St. Joseph Morello Parish, Pittston, elected to a 3 year term, effective July 1, 2022.

Reverend Michael J. Kloton, Pastor, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Freeland and Good Shepherd Parish, Drums, elected to a 3 year term, effective July 1, 2022.