April 25, 2022

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

Reverend Michael E. Finn, from Pastor, St. Barbara Parish, Exeter, to Pastor Emeritus, St. Barbara Parish, Exeter, effective May 1, 2022.

Monsignor  John J. Sempa, to Administrator pro tem, St. Barbara Parish, Exeter, effective May 1, 2022.  Monsignor will remain Pastor, Corpus Christi Parish, West Pittston.

 

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

Monsignor John J. Bendik, from Retirement to Administrator pro tem, Saint Andre Bessette Parish, Wilkes-Barre, effective March 8, 2022.

 Reverend Alex J. Roche, S.T.L., to Administrator pro tem, Saint Maria Goretti Parish, Laflin, effective March 8, 2022.  Father will remain Director of the Office for Vocations and Chaplain, Misericordia University.

 

 

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

Rev. Helias De Oliveira, to Assistant Pastor, St. John Neumann Parish and St. Paul of the Cross Parish, Scranton, effective February 18, 2022. 

Rev. J. Duane Gavitt, to Chaplain, Holy Redeemer High School, Wilkes Barre, effective March 8, 2022.  Father will remain Pastor at St. Elizabeth Parish, Bear Creek and St. Rita Parish, Gouldsboro.

Rev. Arun Lakra, to Administrator pro tem, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and St. Rose of Lima Parish, Carbondale, effective February 27, 2022 to March 8, 2022.  Father will remain Assistant Pastor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and St. Rose of Lima Parish, Carbondale.

Rev. Seth D. Wasnock, from Chaplain, Holy Redeemer High School, Wilkes Barre, effective March 8, 2022.  Father will remain Pastor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and St. Rose of Lima Parish, Carbondale, effective March 8, 2022.

 

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointment:

Clergy Assignment:

Rev. Seth D. Wasnock, from Pastor, St. Maria Goretti Parish, Laflin, and Administrator, St. Andre Bessette Parish, Wilkes-Barre, to Pastor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and St. Rose of Lima Parish, Carbondale, effective March 8, 2022.

 

 

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

Clergy Assignments:

 Rev. Brian J.W. Clarke, to Administrator pro tem, Holy Rosary Parish, Hazleton, and Holy Name of Jesus, West Hazleton, effective immediately until February 1, 2022.  Father Clarke will continue to serve as Pastor of Most Holy Trinity Parish, Cresco.

 Rev. Kenneth M. Seegar, from Pastor, Saint Andre Bessette Parish, Wilkes-Barre, to Pastor, Holy Rosary Parish, Hazleton, and Holy Name of Jesus Parish, West Hazleton, effective February 1, 2022.

Rev. Seth D. Wasnock, to Administrator, pro tem, Saint Andre Bessette Parish, Wilkes Barre, effective February 1, 2022.  Father Wasnock will continue to serve as Pastor, Saint Maria Goretti Parish, Laflin,

December 6, 2021

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

Reverend Brian J. W. Clarke, from Pastor, Holy Rosary Parish, Hazleton, and Holy Name of Jesus Parish, West Hazleton, to Pastor, Most Holy Trinity Parish, Cresco, effective January 3, 2022.

 

 

October 28, 2021 

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

Reverend Gregory F. Loughney, from Pastor, Most Holy Trinity Parish, Cresco, effective October 28, 2021.

Reverend Sean G. Carpenter, to Administrator Pro Tem, Most Holy Trinity Parish, Cresco, effective October 28, 2021.  Father Carpenter will continue to serve as Pastor, Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Pocono Pines.

 

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

Reverend Michael J. Kloton, to Administrator, Pro Tem, Saint Patrick Parish, White Haven, effective October 14, 2021.  Father Kloton will continue to serve as Pastor of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Freeland, and Good Shepherd Parish, Drums.  In addition, Mrs. Mary Ann Malone will continue to serve as Parish Life Coordinator at Saint Patrick Parish, White Haven.

 

 

September 21, 2021

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

Reverend Richard J. Cirba, to Dean, Wilkes-Barre Deanery of the Diocese of Scranton, effective September 20, 2021.  Father Cirba will continue to serve as Pastor, Saint Robert Bellarmine Parish, Wilkes-Barre, and Pastor, Exaltation of the Holy Cross Parish, Hanover Township.

Reverend Joseph J. Evanko, to Episcopal Vicar, Southern Pastoral Region of the Diocese of Scranton, effective September 20, 2021.  Father Evanko will continue to serve as Pastor, Saint Jude Parish, Mountain Top, and Pastor, Saint Mary, Help of Christians Parish, Dorrance.

Priest Personnel Board:

Reverend Andrew S. Hvozdovic, Pastor, Gate of Heaven Parish, Dallas, and Our Lady of Victory Parish, Harvey’s Lake, appointed to a 3 year term, effective September 20, 2021.

Reverend Jonathan P. Kuhar, Assistant Pastor, Saint John Neumann Parish and Saint Paul of the Cross Parish, Scranton, appointed to a 3 year term, effective September 20, 2021.

Reverend John S. Terry, Pastor, Our Lady of Hope Parish, Wilkes-Barre, re-elected to a 3 year term, effective September 20, 2021.

Reverend Seth D. Wasnock, Pastor, Saint Maria Goretti Parish, Laflin, elected to a 3 year term, effective September 20, 2021.

 

September 15, 2021

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

Reverend Charles P. Connor, from Leave of Absence,  to  Retirement for reasons of health, effective September 15, 2021. Father Connor will serve as a Sacramental Minister, as needed.

Reverend Richard G. Ghezzi, to Retirement for reasons of health, effective September 15, 2021.  Father Ghezzi will continue to serve as Sacramental Minister, Allied Services Meade Street Senior Community, Wilkes-Barre, and Allied Services Center City Senior Community, Wilkes-Barre.