First round of 2018 pastoral appointments announced

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Here are the latest pastoral appointments in the Archdiocese of Seattle, as announced by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain.


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The Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain, having carefully assessed the needs of the People of God in the Archdiocese of Seattle, and after careful consultation with the Christian Faithful and the Priest Personnel Board, makes the following pastoral appointments in accord with the 1983 Code of Canon Law, effective January 1, 2018 unless otherwise noted. 

PASTOR

Rev. Richard A. Luberti, C.Ss.R., appointed pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Seattle.

PRIEST MODERATOR

Very Rev. Gary M. Zender, appointed Priest Mod­erator of Immaculate Conception Parish in Everett and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Everett, while remaining Vicar for Clergy and Pastor of St. Louise de Marillac Parish in Bellevue. 

PASTORAL COORDINATOR

Mr. Duane P. Schireman, appointed Pastoral Coordinator of Immacu­late Concep­tion Parish in Everett and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Everett. 

PAROCHIAL VICAR

Rev. Jeffrey S. Eppler, S.O.L.T., appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Alphonsus Parish in Seattle.

Rev. Louis K. Gyan-Emil, appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Anthony Parish in Renton, effective November 22, 2017.

Rev. Alan G. Yost, S.J., appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Leo the Great Parish in Tacoma, effective August 1, 2017.

PARISH PRIEST

Rev. Martin J. Bourke, appointed Parish Priest of Immacu­late Concep­tion Parish in Everett and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Everett. 

An explanation of pastoral appointment titles

PASTOR: A priest appointed by the Archbishop and delegated as the leader of a particular parish entrusted to him. The pastor’s role, expressed in its threefold mission of teaching, governing and sanctifying (CIC, c. 519), empowers the laity for their mission as light and leaven in the world. The term of office for pastor in the Archdiocese of Seattle is six years. 

PRIEST ADMINISTRATOR: A priest appointed by the Archbishop as a temporary leader of a particular parish. He has the same authority as a pastor. (CIC, c. 540 §1-3). This office may be held, for example, by seasoned, newly arrived priests or by newly ordained priests who require more experience and formation before being assigned as pastors.

PRIEST MODERATOR: A priest appointed by the Archbishop with powers and faculties of a pastor for a parish. His role is to monitor and mentor the pastoral coordinator and parochial vicar, and to act as canonical pastor to the parish community to whom an ecclesial lay minister has been appointed (CIC, c. 517 § 2). The term of Priest Moderator in the Archdiocese of Seattle is generally one to three years. 

PAROCHIAL VICAR: A priest who renders service in pastoral ministry as a co-worker with the pastor, and sharing service in pastoral ministry through common counsel and effort and under his authority (CIC, c. 545 §1-2). The term of office for Parochial Vicar in the Archdiocese of Seattle is generally one to three years. 

PARISH PRIEST: A priest appointed by the Archbishop to provide priestly ministry in a particular parish in collaboration with a pastoral coordinator and/or priest moderator. The term of office for Parish Priest in the Archdiocese of Seattle is generally one to three years . 

PASTORAL COORDINATOR: A deacon, religious or lay ecclesial minister appointed by the Archbishop under the supervision of a priest moderator and entrusted with the day-to-day leadership of a parish. (CIC, c. 517 §2). The term of office for Pastoral Coordinator in the Archdio­cese of Seattle is generally one to three years. 

CHAPLAIN: A priest appointed by the Archbishop to provide pastoral care to a faith community within the Archdiocese. (CIC, c. 564)