Diocese announces clergy appointments

MARQUETTE – Along with the summer come changes in clergy appointments in the Catholic Diocese of Marquette. Bishop John F. Doerfler recently announced the changes, as well as several reappointments, most of which took effect July 1.

The Rev. Joseph Boakye Yiadom, 54, was appointed parochial administrator of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Brimley and St. Kateri Tekakwitha Mission in Bay Mills. He succeeds the Rev. Augustine Jacob, who left his position as pastor of those two faith communities to transfer to the Diocese of St. Augustine in Florida.

A priest of the Diocese of Konongo-Mampong in Ghana, Boakye Yiadom came to the Diocese of Marquette in late 2013. He has since served as associate pastor of St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette and St. Mary Mission in Big Bay and provided pastoral assistance to the Marquette area. Boakye Yiadom was ordained a priest on July 16, 1988 and in the past has served as an associate pastor, parish priest and missionary.

The Rev. Jeff Johnson, 54, was relieved as canonical pastor and sacramental minister of St. Christopher Parish in Marquette to begin serving as Roman Catholic chaplain of hospitals, elder care and prison ministry for the city of Marquette.

The Rev. Larry Van Damme, 54, is now the priest moderator of St. Christopher Parish and the Rev. Michael Chenier, 32, the sacramental minister there. Both priests retain their positions at St. Michael Parish in Marquette, Van Damme as pastor and Chenier as associate pastor. Chenier was relieved of his position as sacramental minister of St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette.

The Rev. Benedetto Paris, 58, and the Rev. Glenn Theoret, 62, have switched assignments. Paris is now the pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Manistique and the Divine Infant of Prague Mission in Gulliver, and Theoret is the pastor of St. Louis the King Parish in Harvey.

Paris is a native of Sault Ste. Marie, who worked in the law enforcement and criminal justice fields before entering the seminary. He was ordained a priest on June 2, 1995 by Bishop James Garland at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. The parishes and missions he has served include St. Mary in Norway, St. Barbara in Vulcan, St. Stanislaus Kostka in Goetzville, Our Lady of the Snows in Hessel, Sacred Heart in DeTour and St. Florence on Drummond Island.

Paris went on to earn his canon law degree and was appointed adjutant judicial vicar of the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal in 2002, when he also began his 12-year pastorate of St. Louis the King Parish in Harvey. In 1996, he was appointed to the Michigan State Police Chaplain Corps.

Paris has been relieved of his duties as chancellor, adjutant judicial vicar and director of cemeteries for the Diocese of Marquette, but was appointed defender of the bond and promoter of justice for the diocese. He retains his position as executive director of the Bishop Baraga Association. Neil Newcomb has taken over as diocesan director of cemeteries. Newcomb has been serving as sexton of Holy Cross Cemetery in Marquette for the last year.

A native of Flat Rock, Theoret spent nearly 20 years working as an accountant before entering the seminary. He was ordained a priest on May 21, 1999 by Bishop Garland at St. Peter Cathedral. Theoret has served the following parishes and missions: St. Joseph & St. Patrick in Escanaba, Holy Rosary in Grand Marais, St. Therese in Germfask, St. Timothy in Curtis, St. John the Baptist in Garden, St. Mary Magdalene in Cooks and St. Andrew in Nahma. He has been the pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Manistique since 2002 and of Divine Infant of Prague Mission since 2004. In the past, he also served the diocese as director of continuing education for clergy.

The Rev. Daniel Moll, 36, has been appointed chancellor of the Diocese of Marquette and will continue to serve as associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Ishpeming and St. Augustine Parish in Republic. Moll previously served as vice-chancellor, the post to which Kevin Branson has now been assigned. Branson retains his position as diocesan director of ministry personnel and counsel to the bishop.

A few clergy appointments took place earlier in the spring. Deacon John “Jack” Leadbetter was appointed director of the permanent diaconate for the diocese effective April 14. He had been serving as interim director since October 2013 and will continue to serve as a permanent deacon of St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette.

The Rev. Martin Flynn, 47, began his new appointment as associate pastor of St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette and St. Mary Mission in Big Bay on May 15. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Alexander Sample on Dec. 14, 2012 and served as associate pastor of Holy Spirit Parish and Resurrection Parish in Menominee for four months. Flynn then served as associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Lake Linden for a year.

Several priests who had been serving as the parochial administrator of their respective parishes and missions have now been appointed pastor of those faith communities, effective July 1. They include the Rev. Ben Hasse of St. Albert the Great Parish in Houghton and St. Anne Parish in Chassell; the Rev. Antony Kalapura, MCBS of Sacred Heart Parish in Ewen, Immaculate Conception Parish in Watersmeet and St. Ann Mission in Bergland; the Rev. Antony Lukka of St. Sebastian Parish in Bessemer, Immaculate Conception Parish in Wakefield and St. Catherine Mission in Marenisco; the Rev. Allen Mott of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Gwinn and St. Joseph Mission in Northland; and the Rev. Daniel Malone of St. Rose Parish in Channing. Malone was recently incardinated into the Diocese of Marquette from the Diocese of Rockford, Ill.

The Rev. Brian Gerber has been relieved of his appointment as parochial administrator of the parishes of St. John the Baptist in Garden, St. Andrew in Nahma and St. Mary Magdalene in Cooks, but will continue to serve as the director of Marygrove Retreat Center. Taking over as parochial administrator of the three Garden area parishes is the Rev. Mariusz Sierhart, the former associate pastor there.

Doerfler also announced several reappointments to posts currently being held. Monsignor Peter Oberto has been reappointed as judicial vicar for the Diocese of Marquette, as well as pastor of St. Paul Parish in Negaunee and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission in Palmer.

Other priests who were reappointed pastor of their respective parishes and missions are: the Rev. Francis DeGroot of St. Anne Parish in Escanaba; the Rev. Gregory Heikkala of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Ishpeming (retaining his positions at Sacred Heart Parish in Champion, St. Augustine Parish in Republic, and St. Joseph Parish in Ishpeming); the Rev. Timothy Hruska of Holy Rosary Parish in Grand Marais (retaining his pastorate of St. Timothy Mission in Curtis and St. Therese Mission in Germfask); the Rev. Sebastian Kavumkal, MCBS of Holy Name of Mary Parish in Sault Ste. Marie and Sacred Heart Mission on Sugar Island; the Rev. John Martignon of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Houghton (retaining his pastorate of Holy Family Parish in South Range); the Rev. Abraham Mupparathara, MCBS of Sacred Heart Parish and St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Calumet, Our Lady of Peace Parish in Ahmeek, Holy Redeemer Mission in Eagle Harbor and Our Lady of the Pines Mission in Copper Harbor; the Rev. Eric Olson of St. Joseph & St. Patrick Parish in Escanaba; the Rev. Francis Ricca of St. Gregory Parish in Newberry and Our Lady of Victory Mission in Paradise; Monsignor Michael Steber of St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette and St. Mary Mission in Big Bay; the Rev. Michael Woempner of St. Mary Queen of Peace Parish in Kingsford; and the Rev. Daniel Zaloga of St. Mary & St. Joseph Parish in Iron Mountain. Both Woempner and Zaloga were also reappointed as ordinary confessors for the Carmelite Monastery in Iron Mountain.

Father George Maki was reappointed associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Ewen, Immaculate Conception Parish in Watersmeet and St. Ann Mission in Bergland.