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Bishop Scharfenberger Clergy Assignments

New administrators and parochial vicars assigned

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Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has made the following appointments.

Deacon Michael C. Lemieux was the temporary administrator of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Dunkirk, effective Feb. He has been serving as permanent deacon at St. Joseph Parish in Fredonia since his 2001 ordination.

Father Joseph A. Walter, pastor of St. Anthony and St. Joseph parishes in Fredonia, began serving as the priest moderator of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, on Feb. Has been pastor of St. Anthony and St. Joseph since 2016. Ordained in 1998 to the Order of St. Benedict, Father Walter was incardinated into the Buffalo Diocese in 2012. He served as pastor of St. Dominic Parish in Westfield from 2008-2016, using his religious name Father Marius Walter, OSB.

Father Cole T. Webster has been appointed temporary administrator of St. Peter Parish, Lewiston. Father Webster has been serving as parochial vicar of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish in Cheektowaga since his 2016 ordination.

Father Thomas M. Mahoney has been appointed administrator of Infant of Prague Parish, Cheektowaga. Since his 2015 ordination, Father Mahoney has serves as parochial vicar of St. Gregory the Great Parish in Williamsville and administrator of St. Peter Parish in Lewiston. Both Father Webster’s and Father Mahoney’s assignments were effective March 17.

Father Aaron Kulczyk began serving as parochial vicar at Holy Family Parish in Albion, on March 20. He has previous served as parochial vicar at St. Gabriel Parish in Elma. Meanwhile, Holy Family’s former parochial vicar, Father Patryk G. Sobczyk, replaced Father Kulczyk at St. Gabriel Parish in Elma. Both men were ordained in 2019. The assignments became effective March 20, for a term of two years.

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