Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I wanted to make you aware of a number of new assignments in the Diocese of Gallup. Each priest has agreed to his assignments. The assignments will begin on July 1, 2015 unless otherwise noted. Please keep the priests and their respective communities in your prayers during this time of transition.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Bishop James S. Wall

 

Appointments:

Father Matthew Keller, Rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish in Gallup, New Mexico is appointed as Vicar General of the Diocese of Gallup. Father Keller will continue to serve as Rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral and Director of Priestly Vocations for the Diocese of Gallup.

Father Kevin Finnegan, Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese of Gallup is appointed as Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Gallup. Father Finnegan assumed duties as Pastor of Saint John Vianney Parish in Gallup, New Mexico on May 18, 2015. Father Finnegan will continue to serve as Chancellor for the Diocese of Gallup.

Father James Walker, Pastor of Saint John Vianney Parish in Gallup is appointed Pastor of Saint Mary’s Parish in Bloomfield, New Mexico and Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Blanco, New Mexico. Father Walker’s assignment began on May 18, 2015.

Father Peter Short, Parish Administrator of Our Lady of the Snows in Snowflake, Arizona is appointed Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish and Madre de Dios Parish in Winslow, Arizona.

Father Jeff King, Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish and Madre de Dios Parish in Winslow, Arizona is appointed as Parochial Vicar of Saint Mary’s Parish in Farmington, New Mexico.

Father Nathanael Block, Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gallup, New Mexico is appointed as Parish Administrator of Our Lady of the Snows in Snowflake, Arizona. Father Joachim Blonski, Pastor of Saint John the Baptist Parish in Saint John’s, Arizona and Saint Raphael Mission in Concho, Arizona has agreed to serve as Canonical Pastor of Our Lady of the Snows Parish.

Father Justin Okoro, Parochial Vicar of Saint Teresa Parish in Grants, New Mexico has been appointed Parish Administrator of Saint Paul’s Parish in Crownpoint, Risen Savior Parish in Bluewater and Chaplain of Saint Bonaventure Catholic School in Thoreau, New Mexico. His assignment begins on June 8, 2015. Father Kevin Finnegan has agreed to serve as Canonical Pastor of Saint Paul’s Parish and Risen Savior Mission.

Deacon Joshua Mayer is appointed as Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Cathedral and Associate Director of Priestly Vocations for the Diocese of Gallup.

Deacon David Tate is appointed as Parochial Vicar of Saint Teresa Parish in Grants.

Deacons Mayer and Tate are to be ordained to the priesthood on July 13, 2015 at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Sacramental care of Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Houck, Arizona is to be attended by the priests of Sacred Heart Cathedral. Sister Josephine Goebel, CSA will continue to serve as Parish Life Coordinator.

It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. ~ John 15:16

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