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 August 16, 2018, (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

St. Joseph Basilica

Father Paul KAVANAGH, current Pastor at St. John the Evangelist Parish is appointed Rector, replacing Father Martin Carroll.
Deacon Robert LEE to be ordained to the priesthood on June 28, 2018, is appointed Associate Pastor, replacing Father Kris Schmidt.

Annunciation Parish

Father Francis MARIAPPA SAC, current Pastor of OL of the Angels Parish in Fort Saskatchewan and associated parishes, is appointed Pastor, replacing Father John Mariapragasam SDB.

Assumption and Resurrection Parishes

Father Philip CREURER, current chaplain of the St. Vital Catholic Latin Mass Community and newly incardinated in the Archdiocese, is appointed Pastor, replacing Father Mitch Fidyka, in addition to his responsibilities as Judicial Vicar.

Corpus Christi Parish

Father Jossy GEORGE THOMAS, current Associate Pastor at St John the Evangelist Parish, is appointed Associate Pastor, replacing Father Matthew Hysell.

Good Shepherd Parish

Father Samson ANTONY SDB is appointed Associate Pastor, replacing Father Jose Manickathan CFIC.

St. Charles Parish (March 1)

Father Guislain KIBETE NKWAR OMI, is appointed Associate Pastor.

St. Dominic Savio Parish

Father Sagayaraj DEVADOSS SDB, current Pastor at St. Thomas More Parish, is appointed Pastor, replacing Father Gabriel Udeh.

St. John the Evangelist Parish

Father Dean DOWLE, current Adjunct Judicial Vicar and Chaplain of Edmonton Catholic Schools, is appointed Pastor, replacing Father Paul Kavanagh, in addition to his responsibilities as Adjunct Judicial Vicar.

St. Jung Ha Sang Parish (Korean) (Jan. 28) 

Father Jeong Cheol CHEON, from the Diocese of Gwangju, South Korea, is appointed Pastor, replacing Father Jongdae Kim.

St. Matthew Parish

Father John MARIAPRAGASAM SDB, current Pastor at Annunciation Parish, is appointed Pastor, replacing Father Paul Moret.

St. Theresa Parish

Father Aloysius FERNANDEZ, from the Diocese of Punalur in India, is appointed Associate Pastor, replacing Father Joy Vadakkan Poulose CFCI, and will serve the Malayalam-Speaking community

St. Thomas More Parish

Father Mitch FIDYKA, current Pastor of Assumption and Resurrection Parishes, is appointed Pastor, replacing Father Sagayaraj Devadoss SDB.
Father Joy VADAKKAN POULOSE CFIC, current Associate Pastor at S.t Theresa Parish, is appointed Associate Pastor, replacing Father Samson D. Antony SDB.

Parishes outside Edmonton

Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Fort Saskatchewan, Gibbons, Lamont, Redwater, St. Michael, Skaro

Father Kris SCHMIDT, current Associate Pastor at St. Joseph Basilica, is appointed Pastor, replacing Father Francis Mariappa SAC.
Father Anthony Shantha S. R. NARISETTY SAC, from the Pallotine Fathers Assumption Province in India, is appointed Associate Pastor, replacing Father Jean-Claude Ndanga CFIC.

Our Lady of Peace Parish, Innisfail

Father Liju JOSE, current Chaplain at the University of Alberta Hospital and the Cross Cancer Institute, is appointed Pastor, replacing Father Tomasz Puslecki.

St. Mary Parish, Provost, Consort

Father Jean-Claude NDANGA CFIC, current Associate Pastor at Our Lady of the Angels Parish and associated parishes, is appointed Pastor, replacing Father Mahesh Rathinasami SAC.

Sacred Heart Parish, Red Deer

Father Tomasz PUSLECKI, current Pastor at Our Lady of Peace in Innisfail, is appointed Pastor, replacing Father Jozef Wroblewski.

Holy Family Parish, St. Albert

Father Jozef WROBLEWSKI, current Pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Red Deer, is appointed Pastor, replacing Father Maurice Okolie.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Sherwood Park, Tofield

Father Jojappa CHINNABATHINI SAC, from the Pallotine Fathers Assumption Province in India, and Father Sathiaseelan KULANDAISAMY SDB, from the Salesian Fathers Chennai Province in India, are appointed as Associate Pastors, replacing Father Rajappa (Raj) Savariappan and Father Joseph Glaab OFM.

St. Peter Parish, Villeneuve, Calahoo, Mearns & Riviere-Qui-Barre

Father Mahesh RATHINASAMI SAC, current Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Provost and Corpus Christi Parish in Consort, is appointed Pastor, replacing Father Miguel Irizar.

Other

Father Leo HOFMANN is appointed Full Time Chaplain at St. Benedict Chapel at City Centre Mall, Edmonton, replacing Father Oscar Monroy. (Dec. 1, 2017) 

Father Shaiju MATHEW MST, from the Missionary Society of St. Thomas the Apostle in India, is appointed Full Time Priest Chaplain at the University of Alberta Hospital and Cross Cancer Institute.

Father Glenn McDONALD CSB, current Chaplain of Campus Ministry at St. Joseph’s College, University of Alberta Campus, is appointed Chaplain for the Edmonton Catholic Schools District with residence and occasional ministry at St. Alphonsus and St. Clare Parishes.

Father Michael SCHUMACHER, returning from his study leave in Rome, is appointed to the St Joseph Seminary Formation Team.

Retirement

Father Martin CARROLL, current Rector at St Joseph’s Basilica, retires from full time pastoral ministry.

Father Oscar MONROY, Chaplain at St. Benedict Chapel at City Centre Mall, retires from full time pastoral ministry. (Dec. 1, 2017) 

Sabbatical & Study Leave

Father Paul MORET, current Pastor at St. Matthew Parish in Edmonton, is granted a sabbatical leave upon his 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood.

Father Matthew HYSELL, current Associate Pastor at Corpus Christi Parish with responsibility for St. Mark’s Catholic Community of the Deaf, is granted a study leave to pursue doctoral studies at the Dominican University College in Ottawa.

Father Miguel IRIZAR, current Pastor at St. Peter Parish in Villeneuve and associated parishes in Calahoo, Mearns and Riviere-Qui-Barre, is granted leave to study in Rome.

End of Term

Father Jose MANICKATHAN CFIC, current Associate Pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in Edmonton, is reassigned by his religious community.

Father Maurice OKOLIE, current Pastor at Holy Family Parish in St. Albert, concludes his term of service in the Archdiocese. He is being reassigned by his Bishop. We thank Father Maurice for 11 years of generous priestly ministry in the Archdiocese.

Father Rajappa (Raj) SAVARIAPPAN, current Associate Pastor at OL of Perpetual Help Parish in Sherwood Park, concludes his term of service in the Archdiocese. He is being reassigned by his Bishop. We thank Father Raj for 8 years of generous priestly ministry in the Archdiocese.

Father Gabriel UDEH, current Pastor of St. Dominic Parish in Edmonton, concludes his term of service in the Archdiocese. He is being reassigned by his Bishop. We thank Father Gabriel for 11 years of generous priestly ministry in the Archdiocese.

Father Joseph GLAAB OFM, current Associate Pastor OL of Perpetual Help Parish in Sherwood Park, is reassigned by his religious community. We thank Father Joe his service in the Archdiocese during the first year of his priesthood (ordained July 15, 2017).