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New pastoral appointments beginning July 1

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. 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.

Deacon Stephen J. Durkee, to be 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.

Deacon Steven W. Geerling, to be ordained June 3, 2017, is appointed parochial vicar of St. John Vianney Parish in Wyoming.
Deacon Kyle J. Kilpatrick, to be 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. 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:
 
Reverend Monsignor Ernest P. Schneider, presently pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Grand Rapids, is granted senior priest status.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Please pray for and offer your support to our priests and priests-to-be as they prepare for these transitions and new assignments!

Contact:

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