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Clergy assignment changes -- September 2023

Clergy Assignments

October 3, 2023

Clergy assignment changes -- September 2023

Father Timothy W. Gareau concluded his appointment as pastor, St. Raphael Parish, Bay Village and was appointed pastor, St. Colette Parish, Brunswick, effective Nov. 20.

Father Robert G. Stec concludes his appointment as administrator, St. Colette Parish, Brunswick effective Nov. 20. Father Stec continues his appointment as pastor, St. Ambrose Parish, Brunswick.

Father David A. Novak concluded his appointment as chaplain of the Village of St. Edward, Fairlawn and was granted early retirement status for health reasons, effective Sept. 1.

Father Thomas E. Stock concluded his appointment as parochial vicar, St. Mary Parish, Berea and was appointed chaplain of the Village of St. Edward, Fairlawn, effective Oct. 1.

Father Andrew Knapik concluded his appointment as chaplain of Hillcrest Hospital and was granted early retirement status for health reasons, effective Oct. 1. He has also was granted permission to continue living in the rectory at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Gates Mills, until Jan. 15, 2024.

Father Joshua J. Cochrac was appointed chaplain to Holy Name High School, Parma, effective Sept. 1. This appointment is in addition to his assignment as parochial vicar, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Parma.

Father Joseph J. Fortuna was appointed chaplain to Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School, Cleveland, effective Sept. 1. This appointment is in addition to his assignment as pastor, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Euclid and as administrator, St. Jerome Parish, Cleveland.

Father Andrew J. Gonzalez was appointed chaplain to Lake Catholic High School, Mentor, effective Sept. 1. This appointment is in addition to his assignment as parochial vicar, St. Gabriel Parish, Concord Township.

Father Deogratias M. Ruwaainenyi was appointed chaplain to Elyria Catholic High School, Elyria, effective Sept. 1. This appointment is in addition to his assignment as parochial vicar, Holy Trinity Parish, Avon and as parochial vicar, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Avon.

Father John Paul Kuzma, OFM Cap, with permission of the Very Rev. Robert Marva, OFM Cap, provincial superior of the Capuchin Franciscan Friars, Province of St. Augustine, was appointed chaplain to Cleveland Central Catholic High School, Cleveland, effective Sept. 1. This appointment is in addition to his assignment as faculty member to the formation staff of the Capuchin Formation Program at Borromeo Seminary.

Father Alexander Susai, CSC, with permission of the Rev. Peter A. Jarret, CSC, provincial vicar of the U.S. Province of Holy Cross, was appointed chaplain, Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills and chaplain, Archbishop Hoban High School, Akron, effective Sept. 1.

Father Bernard J. Owens, SJ, with permission of the Very Rev. Karl J. Kiser, SJ, provincial of the USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus, was appointed pastoral minister of the Jesuit Retreat Center, Parma, effective Sept. 14.

Father Kiet Huy Nguyen, SSS, with permission of the Very Rev. John T. Lane, SSS, provincial superior of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, was appointed chaplain, Hillcrest Hospital, Mayfield Heights with residence at the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament Provincial House, Highland Heights, effective Sept. 5.

The Rev. Canon James T. Hoogerwerf, ICRSS, with permission from The Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico, ICRSS, U.S. provincial superior of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, was appointed rector of the Shrine of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Cleveland, effective Sept. 24.

Father Eugene Costa, O. de M., with permission of the Very Rev. Matthew H. Phelan, O. de M., vicar provincial of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy, concluded his appointment as parochial vicar, St. Rocco Parish, Cleveland and as chaplain, Lutheran Hospital, Cleveland, effective Oct. 2. Father Costa was reassigned outside of the Diocese of Cleveland.

Father James Chia, O. de M., with permission of the Very Rev. Matthew H. Phelan, O. de M., vicar provincial of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy, was appointed parochial vicar, St. Rocco Parish, Cleveland, effective Oct. 2.

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