Three new pastoral appointments

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Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has announced the following pastoral appointments.


Rev.  James M.  Harbaugh, S.J.,  appointed Priest Administrator of Holy Family Parish in Auburn, effective Jan. 1, 2017.


Father Caleb M. Insco, F.S.S.P., appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph Parish in Tacoma effective Oct. 22, 2016.


Father David Gese, effective Nov. 1, 2016.

Officials as of Jan. 2017

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)