Clergy Transfers, Retirements Announced

Diocese of Fall River

OFFICIAL

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D., Bishop of Fall River, announces the following appointments and transfers:

Reverend Brian E. Albino, Pastor of Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in Fall River to Parochial Vicar of Saint John of God Parish in Somerset, Saint Francis of Assisi Parish and Saint Dominic Parish in Swansea, with residence at St. John of God rectory in Somerset

Reverend Monsignor Stephen J. Avila, V.F., Pastor of Saint Patrick Parish in Falmouth and Saint Elizabeth Seton Parish in North Falmouth, while remaining Pastor of Saint Anthony’s Parish in East Falmouth

Reverend Paul Bernier, Pastor of Saint Patrick Parish in Somerset to Pastor of Saint George Parish in Westport

Reverend Jason Brilhante, Administrator of Saint John of God Parish in Somerset to Parochial Vicar of Saint Stanislaus Parish, Good Shepherd Parish, Saint Anthony of Padua Parish and the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in Fall River, with residence at the Cathedral rectory, Fall River

Reverend Michael A. Ciryak, Pastor of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Swansea to Parochial Vicar of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Saint Lawrence Martyr Parish and Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in New Bedford

Reverend David A. Costa, Pastor of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish and Sacred Heart Parish in North Attleboro and Saint Mark’s Parish in Attleboro Falls to Pastor of Saint Louis de France Parish in Swansea, Saint Thomas More Parish and Saint Patrick Parish in Somerset

Reverend James M. Fitzpatrick, Administrator of Saint Louis de France Parish in Swansea to Pastor of Saint Bernard Parish in Assonet

Reverend David C. Frederici, Pastor of Saint George Parish in Westport to Pastor of Saint Mary’s Parish in Dartmouth

Reverend Philip N. Hamel, Pastor of Saint Joseph-Saint Therese Parish in New Bedford to Pastor of Saint John of God Parish in Somerset and Saint Dominic Parish and Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Swansea

Reverend Dariusz Kalinowski, Pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Westport to Pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Parish and Saint Vincent de Paul Parish in Attleboro

Very Reverend Daniel W. Lacroix, V.F., Pastor of Saint Joseph-Saint Therese Parish in New Bedford, while remaining Pastor of Saint Mary’s Parish in New Bedford

Reverend Robert A. Oliveira, Pastor of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish and Administrator of Saint Lawrence Martyr Parish in New Bedford to Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Fall River

Reverend Christopher M. Peschel, Administrator of Saint John the Evangelist Parish and Saint Vincent de Paul Parish in Attleboro to Administrator of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Westport

Reverend Michael S. Racine, Pastor of Saint Bernard Parish in Assonet to Pastor of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish and Saint Lawrence Martyr Parish in New Bedford and Administrator of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in New Bedford

Reverend Rodney E. Thibault, J.C.L., Pastor of Saint Mary’s Parish in Dartmouth to Pastor of Saint Mark Parish in Attleboro Falls, Sacred Heart Parish and Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish in North Attleboro

Reverend Thomas Washburn, O.F.M., Pastor of Saint Anthony of Padua Parish, Pastor of Saint Stanislaus Parish and Good Shepherd Parish, while remaining Rector of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in Fall River

Reverend Riley J. Williams, Administrator of Saint Francis Xavier Parish in Acushnet to Pastor of Saint Francis Xavier Parish in Acushnet

Effective June 26, 2019

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D., Bishop of Fall River, has accepted the request to retire of:

Reverend Monsignor Edmund J. Fitzgerald, Pastor of Saint Thomas More Parish in Somerset

Reverend Timothy J. Goldrick, Pastor of Saint Patrick Parish in Falmouth

Reverend Kevin J. Harrington (will begin a 6-month sabbatical on June 26, 2019, and retire on December 26, 2019)

Reverend Arnold R. Medeiros, Pastor of Saint Elizabeth Seton Parish in North Falmouth

Reverend Bruce M. Neylon, Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Fall River

Reverend Joseph F. Viveiros, Pastor of Saint Dominic Parish in Swansea

Effective June 26, 2019 

 His Excellency, the Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D., Bishop of Fall River, announces the following appointments:

Very Reverend Gregory A. Mathias, Vicar General to Director of Continuing Education and Formation of Clergy, while remaining Pastor of Saint John Neumann Parish in East Freetown

Very Reverend Richard D. Wilson, J.C.L., Director of Continuing Education and Formation of Clergy to Vicar General, while remaining Pastor of Holy Family Parish in East Taunton and Minister to the Hispanic Community of Taunton

Effective June 26, 2019

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PO Box 2577
Fall River, MA 02722

Phone: 508-675-1311
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