As the new diocesan year begins, some new appointments have been made by Bishop Matthew H. Clark involving Southern Tier parish leadership. They are:
* Father Patrick VanDurme, from parochial vicar of Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick parishes in Tioga County, to pastor of the newly formed Our Lady of the Valley Parish in western Steuben County. Father VanDurme replaces Father James Jaeger, who has moved to the pastorate of St. Ann/St. Gregory in Palmyra and Marion, Wayne County.
* Father Scott Kubinski, priest administrator of All Saints in Lansing, to the same role for both St. Anthony in Groton and Holy Cross in Dryden. In Groton and Dryden he replaces Father Frank Lioi, who is leaving his pastorate in order to become pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Auburn, Cayuga County. Father Kubinski will retain his position at All Saints as well as at Ithaca College, where he is part-time chaplain.
* Father William Coffas to parochial vicar/priest intern at Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick in Tioga County. This is Father Coffas’ first priest assignment. He was ordained June 12 by Bishop Clark at St. Ambrose Church in Rochester, the only diocesan priest to be ordained this year.
* Father Bernard Munjalu, an extern priest from Kenya, to assisting priest for Father Kubinski at All Saints, St. Anthony and Holy Cross. Father Munjalu has served since February 2004 as sacramental minister at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Hamlin, Monroe County.
Continuing their positions as pastors, parish administrators and parochial vicars at Southern Tier parishes are:
* Father Paul Bonacci, pastor, St. Mary of the Lake, Watkins Glen/St. Benedict’s, Odessa.
* Sister Joan Cawley, SSJ, pastoral administrator, All Saints, Corning.
* Father Patrick Connor, pastor, Ss. Peter and Paul, Elmira (he is due to leave that position in December 2004 to go on sabbatical).
* Deacon Ray Defendorf, pastoral administrator, St. Mary’s, Bath.
* Father Eugene Dobosz, priest administrator, St. Casimir/St. Charles Borromeo, Elmira.
* Father Rick Farrell, pastor, St. Mary’s, Elmira.
* Father Christopher Linsler, pastor, St. Mary Our Mother, Horseheads.
* Father Michael Mahler, pastor, St. Catherine of Siena, Ithaca.
* Sister Anne Michelle McGill, SSJ, pastoral administrator, St. Gabriel, Hammondsport.
* Father William Moorby, pastor, Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick, Tioga County.
* Father Jeremiah Moynihan, pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes, Elmira.
* Father Symon Peter Ntaiyia, parochial vicar, Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick, Tioga County.
* Father Gerald O’Connor, pastor, St. Catherine of Siena, Addison; St. Stanislaus, Bradford; and St. Joseph, Campbell.
* Father Leo Reinhardt, pastor, Immaculate Conception, Ithaca.
* Father Walter Wainwright, pastor, St. Anthony/St. Patrick, Elmira.