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Additional pastoral appointments

Bishop Walkowiak announces the following pastoral appointments effective July 1, 2017:  

Rev. Douglas A. Braun, parochial vicar of St. Mary-St. Paul Parish in Big Rapids, will attend the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. to study Canon Law.
Rev. Charles Cunniff, CSP, associate pastor of St. Luke University Parish, Allendale, by appointment of the Paulist Fathers, will be serving the parish community of the Cathedral of Saint Andrew as associate pastor.
 

Rev. Peter O. Damian, parochial vicar of Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Rockford, is appointed pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Grand Rapids.

Rev. Stephen J. Durkee, Stephen J. Durkee, ordained June 3, 2017, is appointed parochial vicar of Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Rockford.

Rev. Jegar N. Fickel, parochial vicar of St. John Vianney Parish in Wyoming, is appointed parochial vicar of St. Mary-St. Paul Parish in Big Rapids.

​Rev. Steven W. Geerling, ordained June 3, 2017, is appointed parochial vicar of St. John Vianney Parish in Wyoming.
Rev. Kyle J. Kilpatrick, ordained June 3, 2017, is appointed parochial vicar of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Holland.

Rev. Godfrey C. Onyekwere, pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Kentwood, is appointed pastor of Prince of Peace Parish in North Muskegon.

 

Rev. Msgr. Ernest P. Schneider, presently pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Grand Rapids, is granted senior priest status.
Rev. Phillip A. Sliwinski, administrator of St. Joseph Parish (Weare) and Mission of St. Vincent (Pentwater), is appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish (Weare) and Mission of St. Vincent (Pentwater).

Rev. William R. Vander Werff, parochial vicar of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Holland, is appointed pastor of St. Luke University Parish in Georgetown Township (Allendale).

Rev. Peter G. Vu, pastor of Peace of Peace Parish in North Muskegon, is appointed pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Kentwood.

 

In addition, effective August 1, 2017:

 

Rev. Ayub Francis Nasar, administrator of St. Mary Parish (Marne) and St. Michael Parish (Coopersville), is appointed pastor of St. Mary Parish (Marne) and St. Michael Parish (Coopersville).

 
Please pray for and offer your support to our priests and priests-to-be as they transition into their new assignments!

Contact:

Annalise Laumeyer, director of communications
Phone: 616-551-5629 | 616-307-3474 cell
Email: alaumeyer@dioceseofgrandrapids.org