With gratitude for the work of the Clergy Personnel Committee, we are pleased to announce the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Edmonton, which are effective July 22, 2020, unless otherwise indicated.

To all the priests serving our archdiocesan Church, may God bless you abundantly as you continue your ministry with dedication, generosity and joy.

We express our gratitude to all who will be assuming new responsibilities. They have responded to the needs of the Archdiocese with generous spirits. We ask the people in parishes where changes are taking place to warmly welcome their new pastoral leaders into their midst.

We also extend profound gratitude to the priests who are retiring or leaving the Archdiocese for their faithful ministry in our archdiocese. We are grateful to them for their generosity in serving here. Each in his own way has deeply enriched the lives of the faithful of the Archdiocese, and we wish them well in the future.

Parishes in Edmonton

June 1

St. Boniface

Father Adam J. Lech, Moderator of the Curia and Acting Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Edmonton, was appointed the Administrator of St. Boniface Parish, effective June 1, 2020.

 

St. Charles

Deacon John Duane (JD) Carmichael, after his priestly ordination on June 29, will be appointed Associate Pastor at St. Charles Parish, assisting Father Marc Cramer, the Pastor.

 

St. Clare  ̶  St. Alphonsus

Upon the recommendation of the Congregation of The Basilian Fathers, Father Glenn McDonald CSB, current Associate Pastor of St. Alphonsus – St. Clare Parish, will become Pastor. Father David Bittner CSB, the current Pastor, will become the Associate Pastor.

 

St. Thomas More

Deacon Curtis Berube, after his priestly ordination on June 29, will be appointed Associate Pastor at St. Thomas More Parish, assisting Father Mitchell Fidyka, the Pastor.

Parishes outside Edmonton

July 1

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Sherwood Park

Father Mario Villaraza SDB will become Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, assisting Father James Corrigan, the Pastor, effective July 1, 2020.

 

St. Martin of Tours, Vegreville, Holy Heart of Mary, Viking, and St. Gregory the Great, Holden, and missions

Father Robert Lee, the Associate Pastor at St. Charles Parish, is appointed Pastor at St. Martin of Tours in Vegreville, Holy Heart of Mary in Viking, and St. Gregory the Great in Holden, and missions.

Other

August 1

Upon the recommendation of The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, Father Christopher Blust FSSP will become Chaplain of Vital Grandin Chaplaincy (Latin Mass Community) in Edmonton, effective August 1, 2020.

April 1

Father Mathewkutty Kurian Kunnel CMI was appointed full-time Priest Chaplain at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, effective April 1, 2020.

 

Father Felix Kusamba, Priest Chaplain at Royal Alexandra Hospital, returns from his sabbatical and is appointed Priest Chaplain at University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton.

 

Father Luan Vu, Pastor of St. Martin of Tours in Vegreville, Holy Heart of Mary in Viking, and St. Gregory the Great in Holden, and missions, will be on temporary loan to the Diocese of Nelson.

Retirement

July 22

Father George Neumann SAC, Pastor of St. Boniface Parish in Edmonton, retires from ministry on July 22 and plans to return to his native country of Germany in the fall 2020.

End of Term

 

Father Balraj Antony Samy SDB, current Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Sherwood Park, is recalled by the Salesians to his Province in Chennai, India.

 

Father Massimo Botta FSSP, current Chaplain of Vital Grandin Chaplaincy (Latin Mass Community) in Edmonton, is being assigned to his Fraternity’s new apostolate in the Diocese of Saskatoon.