From Bishop David Talley:

On this celebration of St. Joseph the Worker, I want to share with all of you the changes of priest assignments that will take effect on the 1st of July:

Priest assignments that will take effect on July 1, 2017:

Fr. Rusty Rabalais, re-appointed Pastor of St. Joseph’s in Marksville.

Fr. Dwight de Jesus, appointed Pastor of St. Francis de Sales in Echo and St. Joseph’s in Cheneyville.

Fr. Jason Gootee, appointed Pastor of St. Mary’s in Jena and the mission of St. Edward’s in Fishville. Additionally, Fr. Gootee will offer pastoral care to the prison facilities in the canonical boundaries of parish and mission.

Fr. John Pardue, appointed Pastor of St. Patrick’s in Ferriday and the mission of St. Gerard’s in Jonesville.

Fr. Paul Kunnumpuram, M.S.F.S., appointed Pastor of Christ the King in Simmesport.

Fr. Kurian Zachariah, appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Fifth Ward and St. Martin of Tours in Belledeau.

Fr. Blake Deshautelle, appointed Pastor of the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches.

Fr. Stephen Soares, re-appointed Administrator of Our Lady of Lourdes in Winnfield and St. William Chapel in Olla.

Fr. Dale Meade, appointed Administrator of St. Mary’s in Winnsboro and St. John’s Chapel in Columbia.

Fr. Thomas Paul, appointed Administrator of St. Francis of Assisi in Powhatan and St. Anne’s in Spanish Lake, with a residence at St. Anthony’s in Natchitoches.

Fr. Abraham Palakkattuchira, appointed Administrator of St. Genevieve in Brouillette.

Fr. Joseph Desimone, appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Frances Cabrini and Chaplain at LSUA, assisting Ms. Lyn Ray who coordinates pastoral care.

Fr. Walter Ajaero, appointed Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Pineville.

Fr. Peter Faulk, appointed Adjutant Judicial Vicar, Parochial Vicar at St. Martin’s in Lecompte and Sacramental minister at St. Rita’s.                                                                                                                        

Fr. Dan Cook, re-appointed Chaplain at Manna House, Parochial Vicar for Nursing Home ministry at St. Frances Cabrini, Sacramental minister for St. Margaret Mary in Gorum and St. Cyril in Flatwoods.                                                                       

Fr. Bill Gearheard, appointed Chaplain of Rapides General Hospital and Parochial Vicar at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.

Fr. Stephen Brandow, appointed to the additional assignment as Diocesan Scout Chaplain.

Fr. Taylor Reynolds, assigned to graduate studies in Canon Law at Santa Croce in Rome, Italy.

After their Priesthood Ordination of June 17, 2017:

Deacon Derek Ducote will be appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Mary’s Assumption in Cottonport

Deacon Gus Voltz will be appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph’s in Marksville

Deacon Daniel Hart will be appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Rita’s in Alexandria

Beginning retirement:

Rev. Jacob Thomas leaves St. Joseph’s in Cheneyville as of June 30, 2017. He is looking to stay in the diocese in his retirement.

Rev. James Nellikunnel, CMI leaves St. Mary’s in Winnsboro and St. John’s in Columbia as of ZJune 30, 2017. He plans to return to India as this next chapter of his life begins.

Let us continue to love the Lord God will all of our mind and heart and soul and strength…and follow the Way of Jesus….in loving our neighbor as His missionary disciples. ~ Bishop David P. Talley