One of the most important efforts of a bishop is the assignment of priests to parishes.  Perhaps one of the things that creates the most amount of consternation among the People of God is the transition of priests from one parish to the next.  It is wonderful that people love their priests so much.  Therefore it is easy to understand why their is so much frustration when priests are reassigned.

Having said that, it is also important for everyone to understand that priests are ordained for service to all of the people of a given diocese.  Equally important is the amount of prayer and discernment that is involved in the decision making process.  I am very grateful to the deans and to my Vicar General and Chancellor who provide great counsel in the month’s long process of making these decisions.

At Masses this weekend, the following clergy changes were announced:

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