On Thursday, April 26, all the clergy of the diocese met at the seminary for the annual spring clergy convocation. Normally, these things serve as a chance for some continuing education and spiritual enrichment (and dinner!); this time it was about praying together and being commissioned for On Mission. At the convocation, the new parish groupings were announced and the clergy received their new assignments.
This weekend, I read a letter from the Bishop to the parish , informing you of the new grouping and which clergy will staff that grouping (included below). This letter will also be mailed to every household in the parish and included in next week’s bulletin.
Some groupings are not going to be a surprise and yet others will be. In some cases, there will be an entirely new clergy team, in others there will be only a few changes; and, I suppose, there are some cases where staffing may have remained the same. But it is important not to focus on what has happened in other parts of the diocese but rather what new opportunities are being presented to us as a growing faith community.
Also, it is important to remember that these changes do not take effect until October 15, 2018. Why the long delay? Well, the hope is to make the transition as seamless as possible. The last time the diocese did a major reorganization like this, in the early 1990s, well over two-thirds of all the priests were moved – and this was at a time when there were almost 600 priests in active ministry. We’ve learned from that, we hope, and we’re doing it this way because this allows for the outgoing and incoming clergy to meet multiple times, and for incoming clergy to meet with the parish staff multiple times. A critical part of these meetings will be the development of new Mass schedules that take into consideration the needs of the parishes, seating capacity, number of priests, and other factors. These schedules will be announced during the summer. Our Mass schedule will change as a result of this process. How much so is yet to be determined.
Monday, October 15, is implementation day. New assignments and new Mass schedules begin that day. No parishes will close or merge in April, or even in October. Starting in October, we begin the process to eventually merge parishes, which in some cases may involve beginning the process to eventually close buildings.
Yes, there are still many questions that remain to be answered. However, our mission remains the same as always. We all are called to bring forth a Church Alive! that allows each of us to do our part in the building up of the Kingdom.
Groupings and Assignments
A timeline that will guide the grouping toward merger in an appropriate
length of time. Ideally, groupings in Category A will complete this process by
the end of 2020. Those in Category B will have until the end of 2021.
Groupings in Category C will have until the end of 2023. During this time the
groupings will study and make a recommendation about which buildings will
best serve the new parish.
• Good Shepherd
• Madonna del Castello
• St. Maurice
• Word of God
Father Lawrence Adams
Father Jeremy Mohler
Father Vincent Kolo
Father Daniel Aboagye
Deacon Joseph Dougherty
Deacon Keith Kondrich
East Catholic School
All assignments effective Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
The Rev. Kenneth W. Marlovits from administrator of St. Maurice Parish, Forest
Hills, to part-time senior parochial vicar of the parishes within the
Adams/Cranberry/Glade Mills grouping, namely: Holy Sepulcher Parish, Glade Mills;
and St. Kilian Parish, Adams/Cranberry Townships. At the same time, Father Marlovits is also appointed as chaplain to Cardinal Wuerl
North Catholic High School, Quigley Catholic High School, and Vincentian Academy.
The Rev. Lawrence D. Adams from administrator of St. Ursula Parish, Allison Park,
to administrator of the parishes within the Braddock/Forest Hills/Swissvale
grouping, namely: Good Shepherd Parish, Braddock/Braddock Hills/East Pittsburgh;
Madonna del Castello Parish, Swissvale; St. Maurice Parish, Forest Hills; and Word
of God Parish, Swissvale/Rankin.
The Rev. Jeremy J. Mohler from parochial vicar of St. Katharine Drexel Parish,
Southeast Washington County, to parochial vicar of the parishes within the
Braddock/Forest Hills/Swissvale grouping.
The Rev. Vincent F. Kolo from Replacement Ministry, to parish chaplain of the
parishes within the Braddock/Forest Hills/Swissvale grouping.
Deacon Joseph M. Dougherty from diaconal ministry at Good Shepherd Parish,
Braddock/Braddock Hills/East Pittsburgh, to ministry of sacrament and the ministry
of word in the Braddock/Forest Hills/Swissvale grouping. Deacon Dougherty maintains his responsibilities
of ministry of service and charity at Auberle Home.
Deacon Keith G. Kondrich from diaconal ministry at Madonna del Castello Parish
Swissvale and Word of God Parish, Rankin/Swissvale, to ministry of sacrament and
the ministry of word in the Braddock/Forest Hills/Swissvale grouping. In addition, Deacon Kondrich is assigned to ministry of service and charity at the Allegheny County Jail.