New Clergy Assignments Announced for Diocese

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced the following assignments for priests of the Diocese of Tyler.

“I am grateful to all of these priests for their service and we wish them well in their new assignments,” Bishop Strickland said.

The assignments are effective on the dates indicated below.

Effective June 1

Reverend Matthew STEHLING as adminstrator of St. Leo the Great, Centerville, and priest in charge of St. Thomas More, Hilltop Lakes.

Reverend Nolan LOWRY as pastor of St. Edward, Athens.

Reverend Pancras SAVARIMTHU as temporary priest in residence at St. Jude, Gun Barrel City.

Effective July 3

Reverend Christian ZELAYA as priest-in-residence at St. Matthew, Longivew.

Reverend Cyriac JOHN as administrator of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Fairfield, and St. Mary, Teague.

Reverend John Mary BOWLIN as administrator of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Buffalo.

Reverend Ambrose CHINNAPPA as pastor of St. Joseph, Clarksville

Reverend Luis ARROYAVE as parochial vicar of Christ the King, Kilgore.

Reverend Jose Roberto GOMEZ as administrator of Sacred Heart, Mt. Vernon.

Reverend Denzil VITHANAGE as campus minister of St. Mary Chapel and Stephen F. Austin Catholic Campus Ministry, Nacogdoches.

Reverend Anthony McLAUGHLIN as pastor of St. Joseph, Marshall.

Reverend James ROWLAND to study Canon Law at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Reverend Mathias RAJAINSEBASTIAN as administrator of Sacred Heart, Palestine.

Reverend Monsignor Zach KUNNAKKATTHTHARA as coordinator of ministry to the incarcerated for the Diocese of Tyler.

Reverend Eugene TILLEKERATNE as administrator of Our Lady of Grace, Hallsville.

Reverend Roger APPUHAMY to return to Sri Lanka.


  1. David F. Aguilar

    It is very good to see Father McLaughlin back!

  2. Welcome Fr Denzil Vithanahe to St. Mary’s Chapel and Stephen F. Austin.
    We look forward to working with you.
    Signed your Alumi support team.

  3. Sorry. I work on my typing.
    Fr Vithanage.

  4. Accounting major. Thank goodness for spell check.

  5. Sister Angelica Orozco

    God bless you on your new assignment Fr. Lowry! Keep up the good work and always pray.

  6. i want to thank the Bishop for Father Lawry in Centerville. He was such an inspiration and such an example of what a priest should be. I will always be grateful for this priest. He renewed all my faith in the church and inspired me to be firm I my faith

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