Bishop Announces New Assignments & Appointments

For the good of the People of God in the Diocese of Tyler, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced the following pastoral assignments and appointments. All assignments are effective August 1, 2016, unless otherwise noted.

Pastor

Rev. Msgr. Zach Kunnakkattuthara assigned as Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Marshall (from Coordinator of Diocesan Prison Ministry).

Rev. Lawrence Love assigned as Pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Mineola (from Administrator of St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Mineola).

Rev. Steve Paradis assigned as Pastor of St. William of Vercelli Parish in Carthage (from Pastor of Holy Family Parish, Lindale).

Very Rev. Lawrence Rasaian, JCD, JV, assigned as Pastor of Holy Family Parish in Lindale (from Administrator of St. Boniface Mission, Chandler). Father Rasaian will continue as Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Tyler.

Rev. Christopher Ruggles, JCL, assigned as Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Nacogdoches and appointed Dean of the Southeast Deanery (from pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Frankston). Father Ruggles will continue as a judge of the Diocesan Tribunal.

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Administrator

Rev. Freddy Celano assigned as Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Mt. Vernon (from Parochial Vicar of St. Michael Parish, Mt. Pleasant), effective August 17, 2016.

Rev. Jonathon Frels, PhD, assigned as Administrator of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Frankston (newly ordained).

Rev. Paul Key, STL, assigned as Administrator of St. Boniface Mission in Chandler (from pastoral care of English-language community at St. Peter Claver Parish, Tyler). Father Key will continue as Coordinator of Diocesan Campus Ministry.

Rev. Jose Marin assigned as Administrator of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in New Summerfield, and as Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Jacksonville (from Administrator of San Pedro Mission, Tatum and Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph Parish, Marshall).

Rev. Carlos Rangel assigned as Administrator of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Trinity (from Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Nacogdoches).

Rev. Elipido Lopez-Rodriguez assigned as Administrator of San Pedro the Fisherman Mission in Tatum (from Administrator of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, New Summerfield).

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Parochial Vicar

Rev. George Elliott, STL, assigned as Parochial Vicar of St. Michael Parish in Mount Pleasant (from full-time academic studies in Rome), effective August 17, 2016.

Rev. John Henao-Lopez, STL, assigned as Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish in Nacogdoches (from full-time academic studies in Rome), effective August 17, 2016.

Rev. Kevin Young assigned as Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler (from Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Victory Parish, Paris), effective August 4, 2016.

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Other

Rev. Devaraj Arulappa assigned to general weekend Mass coverage in the Diocese of Tyler and assistance with ministry to the sick and home-bound in the Cathedral parish (from Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart, Nacogdoches).

Rev. Steve Duyka, released from service as Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Mt. Vernon, continuing as Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Texarkana, effective August 17, 2016.

Very Rev. Robert H. Lanik appointed as Dean of the West Central Deanery. Father Lanik will continue as Rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Mr. Peyton Low appointed as Chancellor of the Diocese of Tyler. Mr. Low will continue as Director of Communications.

Rev. Gary Rottman assigned as Coordinator of Diocesan Prison Ministry and appointed Dean of the Southwest Deanery (from Pastor of Most Holy Trinity, Trinity).

Rev. Jesudoss Thomas, STL, assigned as Spiritual Director for Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving (from Pastor of St. William of Vercelli Parish, Carthage).

Rev. Luka Ulahannan, MSFS, assigned to pastoral care for the English-language community at St. Peter Claver Parish in Tyler. Father Ulahannan will continue as chaplain of CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.

Rev. Morgan White assigned to the Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill., for full-time academic studies in Sacred Liturgy (from Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Marshall).

Rev. Charles Vreeland granted incardination into the Diocese of Tyler, effective July 1, 2016.

Rev. Kevin Young granted incardination into the Diocese of Tyler, effective July 1, 2016.

Rev. Msgr. James Young granted retirement from active ministry and granted senior priest status (from Pastor of Sacred Heart, Nacogdoches).

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2 comments

  1. Franklin P. Uroda

    Good looking group of men going forth “In the Name of Jesus, God Almighty.”

  2. Brigitte Harootunian

    Glad to see where our former pastors going so we could follow up what’s their new posts

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