His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments, effective July 1, 2024:

Retirement

Monsignor David A. Bohr, from Secretary for Clergy Formation and Rector, Villa St. Joseph, Dunmore, to Retirement.

Reverend Louis T. Kaminski, from Pastor, Holy Spirit Parish, Mocanaqua, to Retirement for Reasons of Health.

Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, from Senior Priest, Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Clarks Summit, and St. Gregory Parish, Clarks Green, to Retirement for Reasons of Health.

Administrator

Reverend Philbert Takyi-Nketiah, from Parochial Vicar, St. Jude Parish, Mountain Top, and St. Mary Parish, Dorrance, to Administrator, Holy Spirit Parish, Mocanaqua.  Father will continue as Chaplain, Holy Redeemer High School, Wilkes-Barre.

Special Assignment

Reverend Mark J. DeCelles, to Director of the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program.  Father will remain Parochial Vicar, St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Scranton. 

Reverend Ryan P. Glenn, to Director of Continuing Formation of Priests.  Father will remain Pastor, Christ the King Parish, Archbald, and Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, Jermyn.

Rev. Alex J. Roche, to Secretary for Clergy Formation.  Father will remain Director of Vocations and Pastor, St. Maria Goretti Parish, Laflin.

 

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

Reverend Duane J. Gavitt, from Pastor, Holy Rosary Parish, Hazleton, and Holy Name of Jesus Parish, West Hazleton, to Retirement, due to Reasons of Health, effective January 27, 2024.

PARISH LIFE COORDINATOR

Deacon Vincent M. Oberto, to Parish Life Coordinator, Holy Rosary Parish, Hazleton, and Holy Name of Jesus Parish, West Hazleton.  As Parish Life Coordinator, Deacon Oberto will provide on-site pastoral care in the absence of a pastor.  Reverend Connell A. McHugh, will serve as Sacramental Minister providing Mass and the other sacraments on a regular basis.  Reverend Michael J. Piccola,  Dean of the Hazleton Deanery, will serve as Priest Moderator.  Effective January 27, 2024.

 

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

Reverend Sergio Leon Pamplona Henao, from ministry in the Diocese of Medellin, Colombia, currently in residence at St. Matthew Parish, East Stroudsburg, to Parochial Vicar, Holy Name of Jesus Parish, West Hazleton, and Holy Rosary Parish, Hazleton, effective January 8, 2024.  Father will reside at Annunciation Parish, Hazleton.

Reverend Wilfredo Milan Mamani Cusicanqui, from Parochial Vicar, Holy Name of Jesus Parish, West Hazleton, and Holy Rosary Parish, Hazleton, effective January 15, 2024.  Father will return to ministry in the Diocese of Corocoro, Bolivia.

 

October 10, 2023

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

Reverend Michael S. Drevitch, from administrative leave to Parochial Vicar, Corpus Christi Parish, West Pittston, and Saint Barbara Parish, Exeter, effective October 20, 2023.

Reverend John M. Lapera, to Pastor, Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Clarks Summit, effective January 24, 2024.  Father Lapera will remain Pastor, Church of Saint Gregory, Clarks Green.

Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, J.D., J.C.L., from Pastor, Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Clarks Summit, to Pastor Emeritus, Our Lady of the Snows Parish and Senior Priest, Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Clarks Summit, and Church of Saint Gregory, Clarks Green, effective January 24, 2024.

Reverend Kenneth M. Seegar, from leave of absence for reasons of health to Sacramental Minister, Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish, Pittston, effective October 1, 2023.


September 29, 2023

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

Reverend Andrew Amankwaa, from Administrator pro tem, Saint Brigid Parish, Friendsville, effective October 20, 2023 and Administrator pro tem, Most Holy Trinity Parish, Susquehanna, effective October 24, 2023 to Administrator pro tem, Saint John Vianney Parish, Montdale, effective October 24, 2023.

Reverend Michael Amo Gyau, to Parochial Vicar, Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, Jermyn, effective October 24, 2023.  Father will remain Parochial Vicar, Christ the King Parish, Archbald.  

Reverend Thomas Augustine, from ministry, Diocese of Nellore, India, to Administrator pro tem, St. Brigid Parish, Friendsville, effective October 20, 2023. 

Reverend J. Duane Gavitt, from Chaplain, Holy Redeemer High School, Wilkes Barre, effective September 29, 2023.  Father will remain Pastor, Holy Rosary Parish, Hazleton, and Holy Name of Jesus Parish, West Hazleton.

Reverend Ryan P. Glenn, to Pastor, Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, Jermyn, effective October 24, 2023.  Father will remain Pastor, Christ the King Parish, Archbald.

Reverend John C. Ruth, from Pastor, Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, Jermyn, to Pastor, Most Holy Trinity Parish, Susquehanna, effective October 24, 2023.

Reverend Philbert Takyi-Nketiah, to Chaplain, Holy Redeemer High School, Wilkes-Barre, effective September 29, 2023.  Father will remain Parochial Vicar, St. Jude Parish, Mountain Top, and Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Dorrance.

Reverend Seth D. Wasnock, V.F.,  from Administrator pro tem, Saint John Vianney Parish, Scott Township, effective October 24, 2023.  Father will remain Pastor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and Saint Rose of Lima Parish, Carbondale.

DEACON

Deacon James L. DiSimoni, from Diaconal Ministry, Diocese of Erie, to Diaconal Ministry, Prince of Peace Parish, Old Forge, effective September 29, 2023.

 


September 11, 2023

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

Reverend Michael J. Kirwin, from Pastor, Saint John Vianney Parish, Montdale, to Pastor Emeritus, effective September 30, 2023.

Reverend Seth D. Wasnock, V.F., to Administrator Pro Tem, Saint John Vianney Parish, Scott Township, effective September 30, 2023.  Father will remain Pastor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and Saint Rose of Lima Parish, Carbondale.


August 29, 2023

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

Reverend Andrew Amankwaa, from Parochial Vicar, Most Holy Trinity Parish, Susquehanna and Saint Brigid Parish, Friendsville, to Administrator Pro Tem, Most Holy Trinity Parish, Susquehanna and Saint Brigid Parish, Friendsville, effective August 29, 2023.

Reverend Stephen Brenyah, from ministry in the Diocese of Sunyani, Ghana, to Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and Saint Anthony and Saint Rocco Parish, Dunmore, effective September 7, 2023.

Reverend Mark J. DeCelles, from Parochial Vicar, Saint Therese Parish, Shavertown, and Saint Frances X. Cabrini Parish, Carverton, to Parochial Vicar, Saint John Neumann Parish and Saint Paul of the Cross Parish, Scranton, effective September 7, 2023.  Father will continue to serve as Associate Director of the Permanent Diaconate.

Reverend Shawn M. Simchock, from Parochial Vicar, Saint Ignatius of Loyola Parish, Kingston, and Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, to Administrator Pro Tem, Saint Ann Parish, Williamsport, effective September 7, 2023.

Reverend Paul Yeboah, from ministry in the Diocese of Sunyani, Ghana, to Parochial Vicar, Saint Ignatius of Loyola Parish, Kingston, and Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, effective September 7, 2023.

DEACON 

Deacon Paul Jennings, to Diaconal Ministry, Saint Lucy Parish, Scranton, effective September 6, 2023.  Deacon Jennings will continue to serve in Diaconal Ministry at Saint Patrick Parish, Scranton.

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

Effective August 14, 2023: 

Reverend Brian J.T. Clarke, to Chaplain, Notre Dame High School, East Stroudsburg.  Father will remain Senior Priest, St. Matthew’s Parish, East Stroudsburg. 

Effective September 1, 2023: 

Reverend John J. Chmil, from Pastor, St. Ann’s Parish, Williamsport, to Pastor, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville. 

Reverend Duane J. Gavitt, from Pastor, St. Elizabeth’s Parish, Bear Creek, and St. Rita’s Parish, Gouldsboro, to Pastor, Holy Rosary Parish, Hazleton and Holy Name Parish, West Hazleton.

Reverend Binesh Joseph Kanjirakattu, from Administrator, Holy Rosary Parish, Hazleton and Holy Name Parish, West Hazleton, to Parochial Vicar, Good Shepherd Parish, Drums, and Immaculate Conception Parish, Freeland.

Reverend Michael J. Kloton, to Administrator, St. Patrick’s Parish, White Haven.  Father will remain Pastor, Good Shepherd Parish, Drums and Immaculate Conception Parish, Freeland.

Reverend Rawel Toppo, from Administrator, St. Patrick’s Parish, White Haven and Parochial Vicar, Good Shepherd Parish, Drums, and Immaculate Conception Parish, Freeland, to Administrator, St. Elizabeth’s Parish, Bear Creek, and St. Rita’s Parish, Gouldsboro.

Effective September 6, 2023: 

Reverend Richard E. Fox, to Pastor, St. Lucy’s Parish, Scranton.  Father will remain Pastor, St. Patrick’s Parish, Scranton.

Deacons:

Deacon John M. Hanley, from diaconal ministry, Archdiocese of New York, to diaconal ministry, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Milford, effective August 14, 2023.

Deacon Carmine Mendicino, from diaconal ministry, St. Lucy’s Parish and SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Scranton, to retirement, effective September 6, 2023. 

 

May 31, 2023

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments. 

Effective June 30, 2023:

Reverend Stephen Amponsah Asomah, from Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Clarks Summit, to ministry in the Diocese of Sunyani, Ghana.

Reverend Mariusz Beczek, O.S.J., from Pastor, Annunciation Parish, Hazleton, to ministry with the Oblates of St. Joseph.

Reverend Ryan P. Glenn, from Parochial Vicar, St. Matthew Parish, East Stroudsburg, to Pastor, Christ the King Parish, Archbald.

Reverend Victor Leon, O.S.J. from Parochial Vicar, Annunciation Parish, Hazleton, to ministry with the Oblates of St. Joseph.

Reverend Kevin M. Miller, from Pastor, St. Brigid Parish, Friendsville, and Most Holy Trinity Parish, Susquehanna, to Pastor, Annunciation Parish, Hazleton.

Reverend Neftali Feliz Sena, from Parochial Vicar, Queen of Heaven Parish, Hazleton, and Most Precious Blood Parish, Hazleton, to Parochial Vicar, Annunciation Parish, Hazleton.

Reverend Rawel Toppo, to Administrator pro tem, St. Patrick Parish, White Haven.  Father Toppo will continue to serve as Parochial Vicar, Immaculate Conception Parish, Freeland, and Good Shepherd Parish, Drums.

Reverend Seth D. Wasnock, from Administrator pro tem, Christ the King Parish, Archbald.  Father Wasnock will continue to serve as Pastor, St. Rose of Lima Parish, Carbondale, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Carbondale. 

Effective July 11, 2023: 

Reverend David P. Cappelloni, to Pastor, St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish, Dunmore.  Father Cappelloni will continue to serve as Pastor, Saints Anthony and Rocco Parish, Dunmore.

Reverend John A. Doris, from Pastor, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Dunmore, to Pastor Emeritus, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Dunmore.

Reverend Paul McDonnell, O.S.J., from Sacramental Minister, Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish, Pittston, to Pastor, Divine Mercy Parish, Scranton.

Reverend Patrick J. McLaughlin, from Pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish, Scranton, to Pastor Emeritus, Immaculate Conception Parish, Scranton.

Reverend Francis L. Pauselli, from Pastor, Divine Mercy Parish, Scranton, to Pastor Emeritus, Divine Mercy Parish, Scranton.

Reverend Jeffrey D. Tudgay, J.V., V.E., J.C.L., to Pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish, Scranton.  Father Tudgay will continue to serve as Pastor, St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton.                                      

Effective September 1, 2023: 

Reverend James J. Paisley, from Pastor, St. Therese Parish, Shavertown, and St. Francis Cabrini Parish, Carverton, to Pastor, St. Ann Basilica Parish, Scranton.

Very Reverend Richard Burke, C.P., from Pastor, St. Ann’s Basilica Parish, Scranton.  Father Burke will continue to serve as Rector, St. Ann’s Passionist Monastery, Scranton.

 


March 31, 2023

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments.

Reverend Kenneth M. Seegar, from Pastor, Holy Rosary Parish, Hazleton, and Holy Name of Jesus Parish, West Hazleton, to Leave of Absence for reasons of health, effective March 30, 2023. 

Reverend Binesh Joseph Kanjirakattu, from Assistant Pastor, Holy Rosary Parish, Hazleton, and Holy Name of Jesus Parish, West Hazleton, to Administrator, Holy Rosary Parish, Hazleton, and Holy Name of Jesus Parish, West Hazleton, effective May 17, 2023.

Reverend Michael J. Piccola, from Administrator, Holy Rosary Parish, Hazleton, and Holy Name of Jesus Parish, West Hazleton.  Father will remain Pastor, Saints Cyril and Methodius Parish, Hazleton, effective May 17, 2023.