Appointments for the Diocese of Antigonish

 

August 12, 2019

Most Reverend Brian Dunn, Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Antigonish, has announced several new clergy appointments within our diocese. These appointments are in addition to those announced earlier this year, which took effect June 26, 2019. 

 

Priest Appointments

Rev. Antolin Asor, OSA,  Administrator of the parishes of St. Peter, St. Peter's; St. John the Baptist, River Bourgeois; Holy Guardian Angels, L'Ardoise; Immaculate Conception, Barra Head; Blessed Kateri Tekawitha Chapel, Potlotek; will become Administrator of Holy Family Parish, Eskasoni, effective October 9, 2019. Fr. Antolin will also provide pastoral services to St. Mary Parish, Big Pond. 

Rev. Martin MacDougall, Pastor of Holy Family Parish, Eskasoni and currently on sick leave, will retire from pastoral ministry, effective October 9, 2019. 

Rev. John Yake, a member of the Voluntas Dei Institute, at present providing pastoral services to the parishes of St. Mary, Big Pond and Sacred Heart, Johnstown, will become Administrator of the parishes of St. Peter, St. Peter’s; St. John the Baptist, River Bourgeois; Holy Guardian Angels, L’Ardoise; Immaculate Conception, Barra Head; Blessed Kateri Tekawitha Chapel, Potlotek; effective October 9, 2019. Fr. Yake will continue to provide pastoral services to Sacred Heart Parish, Johnstown.

Deacon Appointments

Rev. Mr. Berkley Guthro, Deacon at St. Joseph Parish, Port Hawkesbury, will also serve as Deacon at Holy Trinity, Waycobah, effective June 26, 2019.

Rev. Mr. Lorne MacNeil, Deacon at St. Anne Parish, Glace Bay, will serve as Deacon at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Sydney, effective September 4, 2019.

Rev. Mr. Francis Pham, a transitional deacon from the Archdiocese of Boston who has been serving at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Sydney, will complete his Pastoral Year, effective August 31, 2019. He will return to the Archdiocese of Boston in September, where he will be ordained to the priesthood.

 


Most Reverend Brian Dunn, Bishop of Antigonish, announces appointments, which
 will become effective on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, unless otherwise specified.

To view or download the Bishop's letter: 
Appointments for the Diocese - 2019

 

 

Rev. Paul Abbass will retire from pastoral ministry. At present, Fr. Paul is on sick leave and served as Pastor of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish (including Holy Trinity, Waycobah and Mary Queen of the World, Wagmatcook), St. Mary Parish, Frenchvale, St. Barra Parish (including St. Andrew, Boisdale and St. Columba, Iona) and St. Michael Parish, Baddeck.

Rev. Bedford Doucette will become Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, effective September 21, 2019.

Rev. Conrad Edwards, Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Port Hawkesbury, will also become Pastor of Holy Trinity, Waycobah.

Rev. Dennis Lamey, Pastor of St. Theresa Parish, Sydney, and St. Mary Polish Parish, Whitney Pier, will also become the Director of Vocations.

Rev. Peter LeBlanc, Pastor of Paroisse Saint-Pierre, Chéticamp and Paroisse Saint-Joseph, St. Joseph du Moine, will retire from pastoral ministry.

Rev. Bernie MacDonald, Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Mabou, St. John the Baptist Parish, Brook Village, Immaculate Conception Parish, West Lake Ainslie, and St. Joseph Parish, Glencoe Mills, will resign his ministry as Pastor of St. Mary, Mabou, effective August 1, 2019.

Rev. Daniel J. MacDonald will complete his term as the Director of Vocations.

Rev. Douglas MacDonald, Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, North Sydney and Chaplain for Cape Breton University, will conclude providing weekend Mass for St. Mary Church, Frenchvale and will begin providing weekend Mass for St. Andrew Church, Boisdale.

Rev. Everett MacDow, Administrator of St. Mary Parish, East Bay, will retire from this position.

Rev. Daniel MacLennan, on loan to the Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland, will become Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Mabou, effective August 1, 2019.

Rev. Gary MacPherson, Chaplain at St. Francis Xavier University (with Sr. Jovita MacPherson as Associate Chaplain), will retire as Chaplain; Sr. Jovita MacPherson is also retiring as Associate Chaplain. He will continue on the Chaplaincy Team celebrating Mass for the University. He will assist the new lay Chaplain and a permanent deacon, who will become the new Associate Chaplain.

Rev. Anthony O’Connor, at present retired from pastoral ministry, will become Pastor of St. Mary Parish, East Bay.

Rev. James Oliver will complete his term as Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, effective September 21, 2019.

Rev. Patrick O’Neill, Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Sydney River, will become Provincial Chaplain for the Catholic Women’s League.

Rev. Vargheese Puthuparampil, IMS, Associate Pastor of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish (including Holy Trinity, Waycobah and Mary Queen of the World, Wagmatcook), St. Mary Parish, Frenchvale, St. Barra Parish (including St. Andrew, Boisdale and St. Columba, Iona) and St. Michael Parish, Baddeck, will become Pastor of Mary Queen of the World, Wagmatcook, St. Mary Parish, Frenchvale, St. Barra Parish (including St. Andrew, Boisdale and St. Columba, Iona) and St. Michael Parish, Baddeck. Fr. Vargheese will also assist in providing pastoral care to those from India who are living in the CBRM area.

Rev. Pierre Antoine St. Cyr, CSC, on loan from the Congregation of the Holy Cross, Haiti, will become Administrator of Paroisse Saint-Pierre, Chéticamp and Paroisse Saint-Joseph, St. Joseph du Moine.