April 20 – Bishop Announces New Pastors, First Post-Ordination Assignment for Ronald Sagum, Retirement of Father Michael Weglicki

The weekend of April 17-18 saw the announcements of new pastors in eight parishes and missions of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington, as well as the first assignment for Ronald Sagum following his ordination to the priesthood later this spring. The assignments, made by Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv. of Lexington, are effective on July 1. They are:

Father Mark Ouma will become pastor of Queen of All Saints in Beattyville and its mission of Holy Family in Booneville. He succeeds Father John Lijana, who was previously announced as the new pastor of Good Shepherd in Frankfort.

Also on July 1, The Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary will take up residence at Sacred Heart in Corbin. Father Damian Anumba, MSSCC, will become the pastor of Sacred Heart, and Father Prashanth Lobo, MSSCC, will become pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Williamsburg and St. Boniface in Jellico.

Father Michael Weglicki, pastor of Sacred Heart in Corbin and St. Boniface in Jellico, will begin his retirement and offer sacramental ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Lexington.

Father Jesuraj Maria Salethu, HGN, currently pastor in Williamsburg, will become pastor of Sts. John and Elizabeth in Grayson and Prince of Peace in West Liberty. He succeeds Father Michael Flanagan, who was previously announced as the new pastor of St. Michael’s in Paintsville.

Father Aldrin Tayag will become pastor of St. Luke in Nicholasville. He succeeds Father John Moriarty, who will become rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King.

After his ordination to the priesthood, Father Ronald Sagum will become parochial vicar at Holy Spirit Parish/UK Newman Center in Lexington.

March 27 – New Cathedral Rector, Full-Time Vocations Director Among Priest Assignments

Father John Moriarty, pastor of St. Luke’s in Nicholasville, will become rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Lexington, succeeding Father Paul Prabell upon his retirement this summer, one of several pastoral assignments recently made by Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv in the Catholic Diocese of Lexington. Father Danny Schwendeman, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and diocesan vocations director, will become full-time vocations director for the diocese.

Father Charles Howell, pastor of Good Shepherd in Frankfort, will become pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Lexington. Father John Lijana, pastor of Queen of All Saints in Beattyville and Holy Family in Booneville, will become pastor of Good Shepherd in Frankfort. Father Michael Flanagan, pastor of Sts. John and Elizabeth in Grayson and Prince of Peace in West Liberty, will become pastor of St. Michael’s in Paintsville, upon the retirement of Father Terence Hoppenjans.

All appointments are effective July 1. They leave St. Luke’s in Nicholasville, Sts. John and Elizabeth in Grayson/Prince of Peace in West Liberty and Queen of All Saints in Beattyville with Holy Family in Booneville as open pastorates.

March 16 – Bishop Welcomes Election of New Prioress of Mt. Tabor Benedictines

Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv. welcomed the election of Sister Kathy Curtis as the new prioress of the Mt. Tabor Benedictines, a monastic, ecumenical community of contemplative women based in Martin, Ky. The sisters held a prioress election in early March, and Sister Kathy will be installed for her four-year term on June 7. The first non-Catholic to make final monastic profession in the community, she succeeds Sister Eileen Schepers.

“I send my congratulations and support to Sister Kathy,” said Bishop Stowe. “I am also grateful for Sister Eileen’s ministry to the sisters and for making Mt. Tabor a place of prayer and hospitality with such an effect on our local church.”

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