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Priests beginning new pastoral appointments in July

Bishop David Walkowiak announces the following pastoral appointments which are effective July 1, 2016: 

Rev. Thomas F. Boufford, presently pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Ionia, and St. Edward Parish, Lake Odessa, is appointed pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Remus.
 

Rev. Thomas J. Brown, presently pastor of St. Stephen Parish, East Grand Rapids, is appointed pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Ionia, and St. Edward Parish, Lake Odessa.

Rev. Aaron R. Ferris, presently administrator of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Remus, is appointed pastor of St. Mary Parish, Lowell, and St. Anthony Parish, Saranac.
Rev. Luis F. Garcia, presently parochial vicar of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Ionia, and St. Edward Parish, Lake Odessa, is appointed pastor of St. Bartholomew Parish, Newaygo, and St. Joseph Parish, White Cloud.
Rev. Msgr. Edward A. Hankiewicz, presently pastor of St. Mary Parish, Lowell, and St. Anthony Parish, Saranac, is appointed pastor of St. Isidore Parish, Grand Rapids.
​​ ​As previously announced, Rev. Ronald D. Hutchinson, presently pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish, Jenison, is appointed full time to the position of diocesan Director of Priestly Vocations. He will continue to serve in his role as Director of Continuing Formation for Clergy.
Rev. Donald E. Lomasiewicz, presently pastor of St. Isidore Parish, Grand Rapids, is granted senior priest status.
Rev. Roc Gerald Majalla, SAC, presently pastor of St. Michael Parish, Brunswick, and Christ the King Mission, Hesperia, is appointed pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish, Jenison.

Rev. Ayub Francis Nasar, presently Chaplain at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, has been appointed administrator of St. Mary Parish, Marne, and St. Michael Parish, Coopersville. In addition, Bishop Walkowiak has accepted the resignation of pastor Rev. D. Anton Tran and granted him a leave of absence.
Rev. Scott T. Nolan, presently parochial vicar of the Basilica of St. Adalbert and St. Mary Parish, Grand Rapids, is appointed pastor of St. Stephen Parish, East Grand Rapids.
Rev. Peter C. Schafer, presently pastor of St. Bartholomew Parish, Newaygo, and St. Joseph Parish, White Cloud, is appointed pastor of St. Michael Parish, Brunswick, and Christ the King Mission, Hesperia.
Rev. Charles J. Schwartz, presently parochial vicar of St. Mary-St. Paul Parish, Big Rapids, is appointed pastor of St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish, Grand Haven.

 

To view pastoral appointment information for the individuals being ordained to priesthood June 4, click here.

Bishop Walkowiak has also acknowledged these recommendations by Paulist President Father Eric Andrews for the Paulist Ministries in West Michigan.

 
Contact:
Annalise Kransz, director of communications
Email: akransz@dioceseofgrandrapids.org | Phone: 616-551-5629