Archdiocese of Detroit clergy appointments: April 17, 2023

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron announces the following appointments:

Fr. Jeffrey Allan appointed weekend priest support to the In Solidum team of priests who pastor Christ the Redeemer Parish, Lake Orion; St. John Fisher Chapel University Parish, Auburn Hills; St. Joseph Parish, Lake Orion; that form Paint Creek Vicariate Family 2, effective Sept. 1, 2023. This will be in addition to his continuing responsibilities as Chaplain at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Fr. Allan is currently chaplain at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital and Weekend Priest Support at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Fr. Sahaya Arul Alex, SAC, with the concurrence of his local superior, Fr. Suresh Rajaian, SAC, appointed a member of the In Solidum team of priests who will pastor St. Kieran Parish, Shelby Township; St. Lawrence Parish, Utica; St. Matthias Parish, Sterling Heights; that form North Macomb Family of Parishes 1, effective July 1, 2023. Pending inclusion in the Family Priests’ Covenant, Fr. Alex will live and serve primarily at St. Lawrence Parish, Utica, under the mentorship of Fr. Joseph Mallia. Fr. Alex currently serves as Priest In Solidum at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica Parish, Royal Oak; St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, Madison Heights; St. Justin-St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Hazel Park; St. Mary Parish, Royal Oak; that form South Oakland Vicariate Family 4, primarily serving at National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica Parish, Royal Oak.

Fr. Paul Ballien appointed administrator of Resurrection Parish, Canton; in addition to his responsibilities as Pastor of St. John Neumann Parish, Canton, effective July 1, 2023. These parishes are part of the Northwest Wayne Vicariate Family 4. Fr. Ballien currently serves as pastor of St. John Neumann Parish, Canton.

Fr. Paul Czarnota appointed weekend priest support at SS. Peter and Paul Parish, North Branch; Sacred Heart Mission, Brown City; St. Mary Parish, Burnside; St. Patrick Chapel, Clifford; that form Northern Lapeer County Family of Parishes, effective July 1, 2022. This will be in addition to his continuing responsibilities in the Metropolitan Tribunal. Fr. Czarnota currently serves in the Metropolitan Tribunal and as weekend priest support at St. Isidore Parish, Macomb Township; St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, Shelby Township; St. Francis of Assisi-St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Ray Township; that form North Macomb Family of Parishes 2.

Deacon Richard Dorsch appointed a member of the In Solidum team of priests who will pastor Sacred Heart Parish, Auburn Hills; St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Pontiac; St. Hugo of the Hills Parish, Bloomfield Hills; St. Thomas More Parish, Troy; that form South Oakland Vicariate Family 3, effective July 1, 2023. Pending inclusion in the Family Priests’ Covenant, Deacon Dorsch will live and serve primarily at St. Hugo of the Hills Parish, Bloomfield Hills, under the mentorship of Fr. Mark Brauer. Deacon Dorsch will be ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 2023.

Fr. Socorro Fernandes, SAC, with the concurrence of his local superior, Fr. Suresh Rajaian, SAC, appointed moderator of the In Solidum team of priests who pastor Our Lady of Loretto Parish, Redford; St. Valentine Parish, Redford; St. Genevieve-St. Maurice Parish, Livonia; St. John XXIII Parish, Redford; that form Northwest Wayne Vicariate Family 3, effective July 1, 2023. Fr. Fernandes currently serves, and will continue to serve, as a member of the In Solidum team of priests who pastor this Family.

Fr. Colin Fricke appointed a member of the In Solidum team of priests who will pastor Christ Our Light Parish, Troy; Guardian Angels Parish, Clawson; St. Anastasia Parish, Troy; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Troy; St. Lucy (Croatian) Parish, Troy, that form The Emmaus Family of Parishes, effective July 1, 2023. Pending inclusion in the Family Priests’ Covenant, Fr. Fricke will live and serve primarily at St. Anastasia Parish, Troy, under the mentorship of Fr. Steven Wertanen. Fr. Fricke currently serves as Priest In Solidum at St. Ambrose Parish, Grosse Pointe Park; St. Clare of Montefalco Parish, Grosse Pointe Park; St. Matthew Parish, Detroit; St. Paul on the Lake Parish, Grosse Pointe Farms; that form SERF Vicariate Family 3, primarily serving at St. Paul on the Lake Parish, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Fr. James Houbeck appointed associate pastor of Resurrection Parish, Canton; and St. John Neumann Parish, Canton, effective July 1, 2023. These parishes are part of the Northwest Wayne Vicariate Family 4. Fr. Houbeck will reside at Resurrection Parish, Canton. Fr. Houbeck currently serves as Priest In Solidum at Christ Our Light Parish, Troy; Guardian Angels Parish, Clawson; St. Anastasia Parish, Troy; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Troy; St. Lucy (Croatian) Parish, Troy; that form The Emmaus Family of Parishes, primarily serving at St. Anastasia Parish, Troy.

Fr. Joseph Kirkconnell appointed undergraduate spiritual director and faculty member of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, as well as being assigned weekend priest support to the In Solidum team of priests who pastor Holy Spirit Parish, Highland; St. Mary Parish, Milford; St. Patrick Parish, White Lake; St. Perpetua Parish, Waterford; that form Lakes Vicariate Family 2, effective July 1, 2023. Fr. Kirkconnell is currently completing graduate studies at Catholic University of America.

Fr. Clint McDonell appointed weekend priest support to the In Solidum team of priests who pastor Sacred Heart Parish, Auburn Hills; St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Pontiac; St. Hugo of the Hills Parish, Bloomfield Hills; St. Thomas More Parish, Troy; that form South Oakland Vicariate Family 3, effective July 1, 2023. This will be in addition to his continuing responsibilities on faculty at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

Fr. Brian Meldrum appointed a faculty member of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, effective July 1, 2023, as well as being assigned temporary full-time priest support to the In Solidum team of priests who pastor Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Taylor; SS. Andrew and Benedict Parish, Detroit; St. Alfred Parish, Taylor; St. Andre Bessette Parish, Ecorse; St. Constance Parish, Taylor; St. Frances Cabrini Parish, Allen Park; St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Melvindale; that form Quo Vadis Family of Parishes, effective June 12, 2023 through Aug. 30, 2023. Fr. Meldrum will live and serve primarily at St. Frances Cabrini Parish, Allen Park. Fr. Meldrum is currently completing graduate studies at Catholic University of America.

Fr. Brian Meldrum appointed weekend priest support to the In Solidum team of priests who pastor Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Grosse Pointe Woods; St. Basil the Great Parish, Eastpointe; St. Joan of Arc Parish, St. Clair Shores; St. Lucy Parish, St. Clair Shores; St. Veronica Parish, Eastpointe; that form SERF Vicariate Family 2, effective Sept. 1, 2023. This will be in addition to his responsibilities as a faculty member of Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Fr. Meldrum is currently completing graduate studies with Catholic University of America.

Deacon Jeremy Schupbach appointed a member of the In Solidum team of priests who will pastor Divine Child Parish, Dearborn; Sacred Heart Parish, Dearborn; St. Anselm Parish, Dearborn Heights; St. Linus Parish, Dearborn Heights; St. Sabina Parish, Dearborn Heights; that form Hope Renewed Family of Parishes, effective July 1, 2023. Pending inclusion in the Family Priests’ Covenant, Deacon Schupbach will live and serve primarily at Divine Child Parish and School, Dearborn, under the mentorship of Fr. Robert McCabe. Deacon Schupbach will be ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 2023.

Deacon Michael Bruno Selvaraj appointed a member of the In Solidum team of priests who will pastor the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica Parish, Royal Oak; St. Justin-St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Hazel Park; St. Mary Parish, Royal Oak; St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, Madison Heights; that form South Oakland Vicariate Family 4, effective July 1, 2023. Pending inclusion in the Family Priests’ Covenant, Deacon Bruno will live and serve primarily at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica Parish, Royal Oak, under the mentorship of Fr. John Bettin. Deacon Selvaraj will be ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 2023.

Deacon Andrew Smith appointed a member of the In Solidum team of priests who will pastor St. Ambrose Parish, Grosse Pointe Park; St. Clare of Montefalco Parish, Grosse Pointe Park; St. Matthew Parish, Detroit; St. Paul on the Lake Parish, Grosse Pointe Farms; that form SERF Vicariate Family 3, effective July 1, 2023. Pending inclusion in the Family Priests’ Covenant, Deacon Smith will live and serve primarily at St. Paul on the Lake Parish, Grosse Pointe Farms, under the mentorship of Fr. James Bilot. Deacon Smith will be ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 2023.

Fr. Denis Theroux appointed moderator of the In Solidum team of priests who pastor Our Lady of Victory Parish, Northville; St. Colette Parish, Livonia; St. Edith Parish, Livonia; St. Kenneth Parish, Plymouth; that form Pope Francis Family of Parishes, effective July 1, 2023. Fr. Theroux currently serves, and will continue to serve, as a member of the In Solidum team of priests who pastor this Family.

Fr. Mark Tibai appointed associate pastor of Resurrection Parish, Canton; and St. John Neumann Parish, Canton, effective July 1, 2023. These parishes are part of the Northwest Wayne Vicariate Family 4. Fr. Tibai will reside at St. John Neumann Parish, Canton. Fr. Tibai currently serves as Priest In Solidum at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Farmington; St. Andrew Kim Parish, Northville; St. Fabian Parish, Farmington Hills; that form South Oakland Vicariate Family 7, primarily serving at St. Fabian Parish, Farmington Hills.

Deacon Ryan Walters appointed a member of the In Solidum team of priests who will pastor Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Taylor; SS. Andrew and Benedict Parish, Detroit; St. Alfred Parish, Taylor; St. Andre Bessette Parish, Ecorse; St. Constance Parish, Taylor; St. Frances Cabrini Parish, Allen Park; St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Melvindale; that form Quo Vadis Family of Parishes, effective July 1, 2023. Pending inclusion in the Family Priests’ Covenant, Deacon Walters will live and serve primarily at St. Francis Cabrini Parish, Allen Park, under the mentorship of Fr. Timothy Birney. Deacon Walters will be ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 2023.



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