Rochester Diocese announces appointment; 2020 council, board - Catholic Courier

Rochester Diocese announces appointment; 2020 council, board

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:

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 Ruiz, 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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