Father Paul Sirba was named moderator of the curia and vicar general of the archdiocese, with the designation of vicar general of the Archdiocesan Corporation, effective July 1. Father Sirba has been serving as spiritual formation director at the St. Paul Seminary. Since his 1986 ordination, he has served at St. Olaf, Minneapolis; St. John the Baptist, Savage; Maternity of Mary, St. Paul; and as spiritual director at St. John Vianney Seminary.
Bishop-elect Lee Piché, who was recently named an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, will remain vicar general of the archdiocese and serve as episcopal vicar for the Cathedral of St. Paul, effective July 1.
Also beginning in the archdiocese July 1:
Father John Paul Erickson will serve as full-time director of the Office of Worship. He has been serving the office part time, along with serving as an associate pastor at St. Agnes in St. Paul. Father Eugene Tiffany, who serves as director of the Office of Priestly Life and Ministry and as pastor of Holy Spirit in St. Paul will continue in the worship office, but become pastor of St. Andrew in St. Paul. Father Daniel Haugan, who now is pastor of St. Nicholas in New Market, will become pastor of Holy Spirit.
At the St. Paul Seminary:
Father Jeffrey Huard, who has been serving as pastor of St. Mark in St. Paul, will begin serving full time as seminary spiritual director. Father John Klockeman, who has been serving at St. John Vianney Seminary, will serve as assistant spiritual director.
At various archdiocesan parishes:
Father Terry Beeson, associate pastor at Holy Spirit, was named parochial administrator of St. John Vianney in South St. Paul, effective Monday, June 15.
The three newly ordained priests begin their ministry as parochial vicars on Tuesday, June 16.
Rev. Douglas A. Ebert, parochial vicar; All Saints, Lakeville
Rev. Allan Paul J. Eilen, parochial vicar; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Hastings
Rev. Michael C. Johnson, parochial vicar; St. John the Baptist, New Brighton
New pastors, effective July 1, include: Father Mark Wehmann at St. Bridget of Sweden in Lindstrom, Father James Adams at St. Nicholas in New Market, Father Stanley Mader at St. John the Baptist in Vermillion and St. Mathias and St. Mary in Hampton, Father Mark Juettner at St. Michael in St. Michael and Father Richard Hogan at St. Raphael in Crystal.
Parochial vicars, effective July 1, include: Father Michael Kaluza at Cathedral of St. Paul and St. Vincent de Paul, both in St. Paul; Father Chue Ying Vang at St. Vincent de Paul in Brooklyn Park and Father Joseph Fink at St. Joseph in West St. Paul.
Also July 1, Father Peter Ju Seouk Kang will serve as sacramental minister at St. Peter in Forest Lake.
Fr. Serba is the best!
I will sure miss Fr. Adams from the Cathedral - he is so very good!
I thought that Fr. Richard Hogan was just moved to Farmington a few months ago. Or is this a different Fr. Hogan?
Does that article say that Bishop Piche' and Fr. Serba will both be Vicar General?
Margaret: Fr. Dennis Thompson is at St.Michael's in Farmington.
I wonder if Fr. Hogan is dropping his Theology of the Body ministry? St. Raphael's is a big parish and he wouldn't be able to travel much.
I've heard it said that St. Raphael's is a parish in transition, with lots of move ins and move outs.
Of course that might make him more active in the archdiocese.
Ray: Yes, but the full list in the CS makes it sound like they will split duties. I don't have my issue in front of me right now.
Father Sirba is wonderful.
There's a lot to digest in this list.
I suppose that there are ways to split up the Vicar General duties, and if there is a problem, well, that's what archbishops are for.
Cath - your issues are in front of all of us.
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