Bishop John M. LeVoir announces new pastoral leader assignments

NEW ULM - At the recommendation of the diocesan Priest Personnel Board, Bishop John M. LeVoir has made the following priest assignments in the Diocese of New Ulm.

Effective June 29, 2016

Fr. Cornelius Ezeiloaku to serve as parochial vicar in the Holy Cross Area Faith Community: St. Gregory in Lafayette, St. George in West Newton Twp., St. Mary in New Ulm, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm, and St. John the Baptist in Searles.

 Fr. Aaron Johanneck to serve as parochial vicar in the Holy Cross Area Faith Community: St. Gregory in Lafayette, St. George in West Newton Twp., St. Mary in New Ulm, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm, and St. John the Baptist in Searles, in addition to serving as the director of Worship for the Diocese of New Ulm and teaching religion at the Cathedral High School in New Ulm.

 Fr. Jeremy Kucera to serve as pastor of St. John in Appleton in addition to his current responsibilities as pastor of St. Isidore the Farmer Area Faith Community: St. Francis in Benson, St. Malachy in Clontarf, St. Bridget in DeGraff, Sacred Heart in Murdock, and the Oratory of the Visitation in Danvers.

 Fr. Mark Mallak to serve as parochial vicar (senior associate pastor) in the Holy Family Area Faith Community: St. James in Dawson, St. Joseph in Montevideo, St. Clara in Clara City, and St. Andrew in Granite Falls, and to assist with some sacramental ministry in Spanish at St. Mary in Willmar.

 Fr. Irenaeus Nwimo to serve as parochial vicar in the Heart of Jesus Area Faith Community: Holy Redeemer in Renville, St. Aloysius in Olivia, St. John in Hector, and St. Mary in Bird Island.

 Fr. Zachary Peterson to serve as sacramental minister to the Hispanic community at Holy Redeemer in Marshall in addition to his current responsibilities as parochial vicar in the Good Teacher Area Faith Community: St. Peter in Canby, St. Leo in St. Leo, St. Edward in Minneota, and St. Eloi in Ghent.

 Fr. Bill Sprigler to retire from full-time active ministry in the diocese. Fr. Sprigler currently serves as parochial administrator of the Churches of St. John in Appleton and St. James in Dawson.

 Fr. Mark Steffl to serve as parochial administrator of the Churches of St. John in Morton and St. Catherine in Redwood Falls in addition to his current duties as the judicial vicar of the Tribunal.

 Fr. Paul Timmerman to serve as pastor of the Church of St. James in Dawson in addition to his current responsibilities as pastor of the Holy Family Area Faith Community: St. Joseph in Montevideo, St. Clara in Clara City, and St. Andrew in Granite Falls.

 Fr. Samuel Wagner to serve as parochial vicar in the Divine Mercy Area Faith Community: St. Mary in Sleepy Eye, Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth, St. Michael in Morgan, and St. Paul in Comfrey.

 Fr. Matthew Wiering to serve as parochial administrator at the Churches of St. Clotilde in Green Valley and St. Mary in Cottonwood, and as chaplain of Southwest Minnesota State University, in addition to his current responsibilities as director of Vocations.

 Effective June 30, 2016

 Fr. Aaron Nett, a priest of the Diocese of St. Cloud, to serve as parochial administrator of St. Anthony in Watkins in addition to serving as pastor of Assumption in Eden Valley