The Diocese of Alentovna announces the new appointment of the priest – the Morning Bell
Bishop Alfred Schlert of the Diocese of Allentown announced on Sunday new appointments for diocesan priests.
“Each year, the bishop works with the Collegiate Council of Priests, an advisory body made up of experienced priests from the diocese and its many regions and ministries to decide on new assignments,” the diocese said in a press release. “The new assignments are designed to meet the needs of the faithful in 80 parishes of the diocese, as well as to meet the pastoral needs of college campuses, hospitals, diocesan high schools, and prisons and nursing homes.”
Priests are reappointed for a number of reasons noted in the diocese, including because of retirement, requests from clergy, professional development of priests and the need for certain skills or talents that are well suited for a particular ministry.
The following assignments take effect on June 21, 2022, unless otherwise noted.
Pastors of Emeriti
Pastor Emeritus is an honorary title given by a bishop to a pastor for exemplary service to the local Church.
Rev. William T. Campion, pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Palmerton to Honored Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Palmerton.
Rev. Robert J. Pots, Pastor, St. Ursula Parish, Fountain Hill to Honored Pastor, St. Ursula Parish, Fountain Hill.
Priest Frans J. Berkhout, parish administrator, Sacred Heart Parish, Bethlehem to the Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Bethlehem.
Priest Kevin J. Bobin, Parish Administrator, St. John the Baptist Parish, Patsville to Pastor, St. John the Baptist Parish, Potsville.
Rev. Monsignor Edward R. Domin, Pastor, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Pastor Reading, St. Benedict’s Parish, Montana.
Rev. Andrew Goeringer, pastor, parish of the Holy Childhood, Bethlehem also pastor, parish of the Incarnation of our Lord, Bethlehem.
Rev. David J. Cossack, Pastor, Parish of the Incarnation of Our Lord, Bethlehem and Pastor, Parish of the Holy Spirit, Bethlehem Pastor, Parish of St. Ursula, Fountain Hill; remaining the pastor, the parish of the Holy Spirit, Bethlehem.
Rev. John K. Mary, Parish Administrator, St. Mary’s Parish, Cutztown to Pastor, St. Mary’s Parish, Cutztown.
pastor Brian M. Miller, pastor, Parish of St. Charles Baramea, Ashland; pastor, parish of St. Joseph the Worker, Frackville; and Chaplain, Marian High School, Tamakwa Pastor, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Reading.
Rev. Eric N. Talentina, Parish Administrator, Parish of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Katasaukua Pastor, Parish of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Katasaukua.
The diocesan policy stipulates that a priest who is first entrusted with pastoral care in a parish is appointed parish administrator for at least one year.
Rev. Giuseppe K. Esposito, Parish Vicar, St. Thomas More Parish, Alentown and Chaplain, Alentown Central Catholic High School, Parish Administrator of St. Charles Borromeo, Parish Administrator of Ashland and St. Joseph Parish.
The parish vicar assists the pastor throughout the parish ministry. The parish vicar is usually called the assistant pastor.
Rev. Stephen A. Isaac, Parish Vicar, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Reading and Chaplain, Berks Catholic High School, Reading to the Parish Vicar, St. Catherine of Siena Parish Cathedral, Allentown and Chaplain, Central Catholic High School.
Rev. Brendan M. LaRoche, Parish Vicar, St. Catherine of Siena Parish Cathedral, Allentown and Catholic Chaplain, Newman Center, Müllenberg College, from Allentown to Parish Vicar, St. Thomas More Parish, Allentown.
In a specialized ministry, the priest has consistently entrusted him with pastoral care, at least in part, over a community or a particular group of Christian believers.
Rev. George Ababia, Parish Vicar, Parish of the Holy Guardian Angels, Chaplain Reading, Penn State Health Medical Center – St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Reading.
Christopher S. Butter, pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Bath also chaplain, Kolbe Academy, Bath; effective July 1, 2022.
Rev. Bernard J. Ezaki, Chaplain, Kolbe Academy, Bethlehem to Chaplain, Bethlehem Catholic High School, Bethlehem; remaining parish vicar, Notre Dame parish of Bethlehem; effective July 1, 2022.
Rev. John A. Frink, pastor, Parish of St. Benedict, Montana in Specialized Diocesan Spiritual Service and Catholic Chaplain, Newman Center, Müllenberg College, Allentown.
Rev. Robert J. George, pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Summit Hill also chaplain, Marian High School, Tamakwa.
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Priest Kevin M. Gualana, sacramental and pastoral ministry, deanery of Shuilkil with residence, parish priest of St. Clare of Assisi, St. Clare to chaplain, manor of the Holy Family, Bethlehem.
Priest Gregory R. Karpin, senior priest, diocese of Alentovna with residence, Villa of the Holy Family, Bethlehem for sacramental and pastoral ministry, deanery of Shuylkil with residence, parish priest St. Patrick, Potsville.
Rev. Simon Kimario, AJ, Chaplain, Holy Family Estate, Bethlehem to Chaplain, Lehigh Valley Cedar Cross Hospital, Allentown.
Rev. Odemari Bahati Kisaka, AJ, chaplain, Lehigh Valley Cedar Cross Hospital, Allentown to serve in his religious community.
Rev. Daniel E. Kravats, Chaplain, Bethlehem Catholic High School, Bethlehem to Postgraduate Canon Law, St. Paul’s University, Ottawa, Canada (distance learning), remaining Chaplain of Notre Dame High School, Easton; Sacramental Ministry, Newman Center, Lafayette College, Easton, and the rest of the resident, St. Anne, Bethlehem.
pastor John A. Hutt, parish vicar, St. Joseph Parish, Reading; Parish Vicar, St. Paul’s Parish, Reading and Chaplain, St. Joseph’s Pennsylvania Medical Center, Reading before medical leave.