Some Clergy Moves Taking Effect This Week

 

This week five priests of the Diocese will be moving to new pastoral assignments:

Father Terrence Boland, who for the past four years has been Administrator of  Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Lourdes and, for the past two years, has also been administering  Our Lady of the Cape Parish in Cape St. George, will be moving  to  Deer Lake and becoming the  Administrator of Immaculate Conception Parish.

Father Edmund Camacho, who for the last two years has been Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Curling, will be moving to Stephenville Crossing to be Administrator of both Assumption Parish and St. Joseph’s Parish in St. George’s.

Father Maurice O’Quinn will be moving from St. Stephen’s Parish in Stephenville where he has been Pastor for thirteen years, and from where, for the past year, he has been administering the Parish of Maria Regina in Port au Port East. He will be moving to Curling where he will be the Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish.

Father Gerard Patry will be moving from the appointment he has held for the past nine years as Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish, St. George’s and Administrator of Assumption Parish in  Stephenville Crossing to be the Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Lourdes, and Administrator of Our Lady of the Cape Parish in Cape St. George.

Monsignor James Robertson, will move from Immaculate Conception Parish in Deer Lake, where he has served as Pastor these past four years, to St. Stephen’s Parish in Stephenville to begin an appointment as Pastor of that Parish and Administrator of Maria Regina Parish in Port au Port East.

As well as these moves of Diocesan priests, Father Chris Rushton, a member of the Lacombe Province of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, after providing ministry in Labrador East for thirty-one years, will be moving to Ottawa to another ministry there.

Packing up and moving from one parish assignment to another is not an easy task for the Priest, or for the Parishioners.  Having to leave Parishioners that you have come to know and love and with whom you have shared important moments of joy and grief, to begin ministry in a new setting with people you do not know and who may resent your presence as the reason that the Priest they know and loved is gone, can be a very emotional and difficult thing to do.

Likewise, to have to bid farewell to a Priest whom you have come to know and respect as the “Father “ of the parish and then within the week to begin the process of transferring that respect and title to someone new, is no easy task. As necessary and inevitable as clergy moves may be, they are challenging for everyone involved and are best and most appropriately approached with trust in God’s goodness and with prayers for His blessings upon Priests and Parishioners alike.

As a diocese, let us join together in praying to God for the Priests and Parishioners affected by this week’s clergy moves, that this time of change and transition may also be a time of grace and blessing for all involved.