It's many months since the new directors (and re-appointments) for the coming pastoral year (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015) were announced. A few changes were announced about a month ago, such as Fr. Richard Alejunas's taking up priestly service within the archdiocese of New York (on Staten Island, specifically), and the "permanent" assignment to the provincial house of the two priests who moved up here from Birmingham at the beginning of February. Fr. Ken Germaine is now the province's archivist.
|Fr. Ken Germaine in the archival library|
After they make their first profession of vows on Aug. 16 (God willing!), Brothers-to-be Rafael Vargas of our province and Benita Guerrero of the Western Province will join the postnovitiate community in Orange, N.J., and take up studies at Seton Hall University.
|Bro. John Langan|
|Bro. Steve DeMaio|
We have two young men starting the candidacy program. Since they already have college degrees, they'll be posted to Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey rather than the formation community in Orange. (Fr. Jim Heuser, the director at DBP, is a former master of novices as well as former provincial and knows a bit about the formation of candidates.)
Fr. Ken Rodes, who's been here in N.R., will take up the administrative position of Bro. Kevin Connolly at the SDB retirement home in Tampa, and Bro. Kevin will come up here to join our community.
|Fr. Paul Grauls|
Fr. Tom assures us that there will be more assignments, especially after some of the necessary arrangements with dioceses have been made (for parish postings).