Recent Clergy AppointmentsMonday 4th February 2019
Over the last few weeks there have been some clergy moves in parishes as the bishops new appointments of parish priests take place. These are detailed below.
Bishop John thanked all the priests who have accepted moves and amalgamations. He said “I am very grateful to all the priests and parishes who have welcomed and accepted moves and amalgamations. I appreciate that all these changes can be difficult and demanding and separate people from what is familiar. But change can also create possibilities and opportunities. We must ensure that the Church continues to be missionary and outward facing, spreading the Gospel message of God’s love in practical ways, particularly for the benefit of those most in need. ”
In addition to the reappointment of some clergy, Fr Billy Molloy, Fr Peter McKie, Fr Bob Livesey, Fr Bernard Charnock and Fr Joe Sweeney have recently retired. We give our thanks for their many years of service to the diocese and assure them of our continued prayers as they settle into retirement.
Recent Clergy Appointments
Fr Robert Lasia has been appointed as parish priest of St Patrick’s Rochdale and to St Mary’s, Littleborough.
Fr Frank Thorpe has been appointed parish priest of St Joseph, Ramsbottom
Fr Christopher McGrane has been appointed as the parish priest of St Mary and St Anselm, Bacup and Whitworth and will be resident in the presbytery at Whitworth.
Fr Paul Cannon has been appointed as parish priest of St Hilda, Tottington in addition to his existing appointment as parish priest at Our Lady of Good Counsel and Guardian Angels, Bury.
Fr Nathan Horne has been appointed parish priest of Holy Infant and St Anthony, Astley Bridge.
Fr Alfred Rebello has been appointed assistant priest at Corpus Christi, Bolton.
Fr Gavin Landers has been appointed assistant priest at the Cathedral parish.
Fr Ian Farrell has been appointed as parish priest at Our Lady and St Hubert with St Wulstan, Great Harwood, St Charles, Rishton and St Mary, Clayton-le-Moors.
Fr Rob Morland SMA has been appointed Parochial Administrator of St Joseph’s Longsight.
Fr Gaspar Oladosu has been appointed Parochial Administrator of St Herbert’s, Chadderton in addition to Corpus Christi, Hollinwood.
Fr Kieren Mullarkey has been appointed parish priest at St Monica’s Flixton in addition to Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Urmston.
Fr Mark Harold has been appointed parish priest of St Gerard’s, Lostock Hall in addition to St Mary’s Priory following the departure of the Benedictines.
Fr Joe Gee has been appointed priest administrator at St Gerard’s, Lostock Hall.
Fr Francis Parkinson has been appointed chaplain to Royal Blackburn Hospital.
Fr Martin Collins has been appointed parish priest of St Mary, Eccles in addition to Holy Cross, St Matthew and St Gilbert and these parishes have subsequently become the new parish of St John Paul II, Eccles.
Fr David Yates will return from his ministry as Royal Navy chaplain and is appointed parish priest at English Martyrs, Whalley.
Fr Pat Greasley has been appointed as chaplain to the Little Sisters of the Poor, Plymouth Grove, Manchester.
Fr Laurence Gambella has been appointed as chaplain to the Catholic Medical Association.
Canon Steven Parkinson is the new Episcopal Vicar for Clergy, replacing Provost Paul Brindle.
Fr John Hitchen is the new Dean of St Ambrose Barlow Deanery (South Manchester), replacing Mgr Michael Kujacz.
Fr Philip Brady is the new Dean of St Chad Deanery (North Manchester); he has been the Acting Dean there for some time.
Fr Morrough O’Brien is the new Dean of St Joseph Deanery (Bolton & Wigan), replacing Fr Kevin Foulkes.
Fr Mark Harold is the new Dean of St John Southworth Deanery (Blackburn & Ribble Valley), replacing Mgr John Corcoran.