Additional pastoral appointments

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Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has announced the following pastoral appointments effective as of July 1, 2016.

Official pastoral appointments


Father R. Roy Baroma Jr., Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Snoqualmie and St. Anthony of Padua Mission in Carnation. Father Baroma Jr., formerly a priest of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines, was incardinated into the Archdiocese of Seattle, effective June 20, 2016. 


Father Francis Q. Bui, S.D.D., Holy Family Parish in Auburn.


Father Thomas Belleque, St. Philip Parish in Woodland, St. Joseph Mission in Kalama, and St. Mary of Guadalupe Mission in Ridgefield; while continuing to serve as pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Vancouver. 

Father Paul J. Brunet, Holy Cross Parish in Tacoma, while continuing to serve as pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Lakewood. 


Father Armando V. Red, St. Mary Parish in Marysville and St. Anne Mission in Tulalip.


Father Mathew Thelly, C.M.I.,  Our Lady of the Rock Priory on Shaw Island.

Father Fidelis O. Umukoro, South Seattle Deanery First Hill Catholic Hospital Ministry in Seattle.

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.

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).

PAROCHIAL VICAR: A priest who renders service in pastoral ministry as a co-worker with the pas- tor, and sharing service in pastoral ministry through common counsel and effort and under his authority (CIC, c. 545 §1-2).

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