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Rochester Diocese announces appointment; 2020 council, board

Mike Latona/Catholic Courier    |    09.28.2020
Category: Local News


The Diocese of Rochester has announced a new pastoral appointment as well as the members of its Personnel Board and Presbyteral Council.

Bishop Salvatore R. Matano made the following appointment, which will take effect Sept. 30, 2020:

Father Sriram Kumar Sadhanala, HGN, to parochial vicar, St. Joseph and Holy Spirit, Penfield, from parochial vicar, Church of the Assumption and Church of the Resurrection, Fairport.

The diocese also announced the members of the Personnel Board for 2020-21. They are:

Bishop Matano

Father Paul J. Tomasso

Father Peter C. Clifford

Father Anthony P. Mugavero

Father Michael R. Brown

Father Michael G. Fowler

Sister Sheila Stevenson, RSM

The members of the 2020-21 Presbyteral Council — a priestly advisory group for Bishop Matano — also were announced.

A required structure under church law, a diocesan presbyteral council meets regularly during the year and assists the bishop in the pastoral care of a diocese.

Father Tomasso — diocesan vicar general, priest personnel director and a member of the council — said that according to its constitution, the Presbyteral Council serves to: search for ways and means of promoting the pastoral welfare of the people of God entrusted to the bishop in collaboration with the members of the presbyterate; promote greater communication, cooperation and collaboration between the bishop, priests, and diocesan offices and agencies of the diocese; and foster the bond of fraternity among priests, and promote a consciousness of their unity with the bishop.

Items from past Presbyteral Council agendas include Catholic schools; improving use of technology in parishes and faith formation; vocations; the Catholic Ministries Appeal; the relegation of particular churches; and finance and human resource policies as they pertain to parishes, Father Tomasso said.

Bishop Matano is president of the Presbyteral Council. Other council members for 2020-21 are:

Father Patrick L. Connor, South Deanery (also a dean)

Father Timothy E. Horan, Monroe East Deanery

Father Stanley G. Kacprzak, West Deanery

Father Peter B. Mottola, Monroe West Deanery

Father John A. Firpo, Monroe Central Deanery

Father Jeffrey R. Galens, non-incardinated secular priests

Father Philip G. Judge, SJ, religious order

Father Thomas P. Mull, Central Deanery

Father Daniel Ruizb East Deanery

Father R. Richard Brickler, senior priest nomination and appointment

Members who continue their service as consultors are:

Father William G. Coffas (also a dean)

Father Paul Gitau

Father William B. Leone

Father Frank E. Lioi (also a dean)

Father Daniel E. White

Serving in ex officio roles are:

Father Daniel J. Condon, diocesan chancellor

Father George P. Heyman, chair, convocation committee

Father Tomasso

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