Special to The Message
Bishop Joseph M. Siegel has announced several pastoral assignments in the Diocese of Evansville, all effective June 28.
Father Luke Hassler has been named pastor of St. Mary Parish in Ireland, along with part-time work as Director of Spiritual Formation for the Propaedeutic Program at the Father Deydier House in Evansville. Father Luke has been serving as Administrator of St. Mary Ireland.
Father Varghese Kalaparakudi has been named parochial vicar at St. Philip Parish in Posey County and St. Matthew Parish in Mount Vernon. Father Varghese was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Visakhapatam, India, and will serve our diocese as a missionary priest.
Father Pastory Hange Masunga, JCL, has been named parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish in Ireland along with part-time assistance at the Diocesan Tribunal. Father Pastory was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Shinyanga in Tanzania, and will serve our diocese as a missionary priest. He recently completed his Canon Law studies in Rome.
Father Stephen McGinnis, who was ordained to the priesthood June 3 at St. Benedict Cathedral in Evansville, has been named parochial vicar of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Vincennes and St. Philip Neri Parish in Bicknell.
Father William Nicholas has been named administrator of Corpus Christi Parish in Evansville. Father Bill comes to our diocese from the Archdiocese of San Francisco. His parents have recently moved to the Jasper area to join other family members, and he has asked to begin the process for incardination in the Diocese of Evansville.
Father Darnis Selvanayakam has been named parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Jasper. Father Darnis was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Udaipur in India, and will serve our diocese as a missionary priest. He served in the Diocese of Bismarck, North Dakota, for 10 years and, for the past five years, in the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi.
Father Tyler Tenbarge has been named full-time Director of Vocations and Director of the Propaedeutic Program for our new seminarians, located at the Father Deydier House in Evansville. This extra, year-long program of formation is required by the Vatican Dicastery for the Clergy and is part of the updated Program for Priestly Formation in the United States of America.
Father Andrew Thomas has been named pastor of St. James Parish and St. Peter and Paul Parish, both in Haubstadt. He has been serving as administrator of the parishes.