2024 Clergy Transfers and Assignments

21 May 2024

Appears in: Archdiocesan News

With gratitude for the work of the Clergy Personnel Committee, I am pleased to announce the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Edmonton, which take effect on July 17, 2024 (unless otherwise noted).

I extend deep gratitude to the Clergy of the Archdiocese for their ministry, and welcome those whom will be assuming new responsibilities. May God bless you as you generously and joyfully carry out your vocation; and may your dedication be a witness for those discerning their vocation.

I also wish to extend profound thanks to those who will be departing our Archdiocese. You have enriched the lives of the faithful here, and we will hold you in our prayers as you embark on your new pastoral assignment.

I ask the people in parishes where changes are taking place to extend a warm welcome to their new pastoral leaders, and offer prayers for those who will depart.

Finally, I ask that the faithful to pray for vocations to the priesthood.

✠ Archbishop Richard Smith

Changes in Pastoral Assignments

  1. Rev. Shimit Abraham, CFIC, appointed as Pastor of St. Peter Parish, Villeneuve; St. Catherine Parish, Calahoo; St. Emerence Parish, Rivière Qui Barre; and St. Charles Parish, Mearns, replacing Rev. Mahendran “Mahesh” Rathinasamy, SAC.
  2. Rev. Benoj Makkollil, CMI, appointed as Pastor of Corpus Christi, Edmonton, replacing Rev. Shimit Abraham, CFIC.
  3. Rev. Chad Miciak, appointed as Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Sherwood Park, assisting Rev. Jim Corrigan, V.G., Pastor.

New Appointments

  1. Rev. Chinnapparaj “Desam” Balraj, SDB, appointed as Associate Pastor of St. Charles Parish, Edmonton, assisting Rev. Marc Cramer, Pastor. (June 1, 2024)
  2. (Rev.) Jake Mullin, upon his ordination to the Priesthood, appointed as Associate Pastor of St. Theresa Parish, Edmonton, assisting Rev. Patrick Baska, Pastor. (July 17, 2024)

Recent Appointments (appointed since January 1, 2024)

  1. Rev. Avinash Francis, SAC, appointed as Associate Pastor of St. Thomas More Parish, Edmonton, assisting Rev. Marc McGee, Pastor. (January 1, 2024)
  2. Rev. Joseph Vadakedath Aipe, CMI, appointed as Associate Pastor of Corpus Christi Parish, Edmonton, assisting Rev. Shimit Abraham CFIC, (current) Pastor. (February 24, 2024)
  3. Rev. Alex Joseph, CMI, appointed as Associate Pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Lloydminster, assisting Rev. Arun Rodrigues, SAC, Pastor. (March 1, 2024)
  4. Rev. Marreddy Udumala, SAC, appointed as Associate Pastor of Our Lady of the Foothills Parish, Hinton; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Jasper; Holy Cross Parish, Grande Cache; and Our Lady of the Rockies Parish, Susa Creek, assisting Rev. Anthony Narisetty, SAC, Pastor. (March 24, 2024)
  5. Rev. Jimmy Puttananickal, CFIC, appointed as Associate Pastor of Holy Family Parish, St. Albert, assisting Rev. Antony Cruz Michael, SAC, Pastor. (March 24, 2024)


  1. Rev. Mahendran “Mahesh” Rathinasamy, SAC, is reassigned by his Pallotine Community and concludes his service to the Archdiocese of Edmonton.

Seminarian Internship

  1. Andrew Sheedy, appointed to St. Mary Parish, Red Deer.
  2. Daniel Salé, appointed to St. Theresa Parish, Edmonton.