Some Clergy Moves Taking Effect This Week

Father Britto Adaikalam,H.G.N., who has been serving as Associate Pastor of St. Stephen’s Parish in Stephenville while undergoing a period of enculturation since March 1, 2013, will become Administrator of Holy Family Parish in Port au Choix.

Monsignor Edwin Gale, who for the past thirteen years has served as Rector of the Cathedral Parish of the Most Holy Redeemer and Immaculate Conception as well as Administrator of All Hallows Parish in Corner Brook, will be moving to Pasadena where he will be Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish...

Father Lee Lainey, who has served as Administrator of Holy Family Parish in Port au Choix for the past four years, will become interim Administrator of St. Ann’s Parish in Codroy Valley...

Father Edward Terry will be leaving his position as Pastor of St. Ann’s Parish in Codroy Valley to become Rector of the Cathedral Parish of the Most Holy Redeemer and Immaculate Conception and Administrator of All Hallows Parish in Corner Brook.

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.