Archbishop Kurtz announces new assignments of priests, deacons

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz has made the following appointments, effective June 22:

Father Benedict J. Brown

Father Benedict J. Brown

Reverend Benedict J. Brown will be administrator of St. Ignatius Church in White Mills, Ky., and St. Ambrose Church in Cecilia, Ky.
Father Brown, a native of Louisville, was ordained on May 25, 1974, and attended St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.

He has served at the following churches: St. James in Elizabethtown, Ky.; St. Leonard; St. Thomas in Bardstown, Ky.; St. Peter the Apostle; Holy Rosary in Springfield, Ky.; and also worked at the Vocation Office, St. Catharine College and VA Hospitals in Lexington and Dayton, Ohio. He is also a retired chaplain in the U.S. Navy.

 

 

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Father Nicholas J. Brown

Reverend Nicholas J. Brown will be administrator of Holy Redeemer Church in Greensburg, Ky.; Holy Spirit Church in Jamestown, Ky.; and Good Shepherd Church in Columbia, Ky.

Father Brown, a native of Louisville, was ordained on May 25, 2013, and attended St. Meinrad.
He was previously assigned to Holy Trinity Church; St. James Church in Elizabethtown, Ky.; St. Ambrose Church in Cecilia, Ky.; and St. Ignatius Church in White Mills, Ky.

 

 

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Father David A. Cockson

Reverend David A. Cockson will serve as pastor of St. Ignatius Martyr Church. Father Cockson was born in Grand Island, Neb., and studied at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis.

He was ordained on May 31, 2014.

He was previously assigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Campbellsville, Ky.; Our Lady of the Hills Church in Finley, Ky.; Our Lady of Fatima Church in Phillipsburg, Ky., the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown, Ky.; and St. Michael Church in Fairfield, Ky.

 

Father Peter Q. Do

Father Peter Q. Do

Reverend Peter Q. Do will be pastor of St. Gregory Church in Samuels, Ky., and St. Monica Church in Bardstown, Ky.

Father Do, a native of Saigon, Vietnam, was ordained on June 8, 2002, and studied at St. Mary of the Lake at Mundelein Seminary.

He was previously assigned to St. Bartholomew Church, St. Ignatius Martyr Church, St. James Church in Elizabethtown, Ky., and St. Christopher in Radcliff, Ky.

 

 

Father Shayne Duvall

Father Shayne R. Duvall

Reverend Shayne R. Duvall will be associate vocation director in the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Vocation Office, while remaining associate pastor of St. James Church in Elizabethtown, Ky.

Father Duvall, a native of Louisville, attended St. Meinrad and was ordained on May 31, 2015.

He was previously assigned to St. Ignatius Church in White Mills, Ky., and St. Ambrose in Cecilia, Ky.

 

 

Father David Harris

Father David W. Harris

Reverend David W. Harris will be pastor of St. Albert the Great Church.

Father Harris, born in Middlesboro, Ky., studied at Southern Baptist Seminary and St. Meinrad. He was ordained on Sept. 6, 2008.

He was previously assigned to Our Mother of Sorrows Church, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, St. Therese Church and St. Aloysius Church in Pewee Valley, Ky.

 

 

Father Jason Harris

Father J. Jason Harris

Reverend J. Jason Harris will be administrator of St. Thomas Church in Bardstown, Ky., and chaplain at Bethlehem High School.

Father Harris, born in Grandview, Ind., studied at Catholic University of America and was ordained on May 31, 2015.

He was previously assigned to the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown, Ky., and St. Michael Church in Fairfield, Ky.

 

 

 

Father Hopper

Father Jeffrey G. Hopper

Reverend Jeffrey G. Hopper will be pastor of St. Christopher Church in Radcliff, Ky.

He was born in Columbia, Ky., studied at Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Ky., and was ordained on May 27, 2006.

He was previously assigned to St. Thomas and St. Monica churches in Bardstown, Ky., and St. James Church in Elizabethtown, Ky.

 

 

 

Father Illikkal

Father George S. Illikkal

Reverend George S. Illikkal, C.M.I., will be administrator of St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi Church in Payneville, Ky., and St. Theresa Church in Rhodelia, Ky.

He was ordained on Jan. 2, 2005, is a native of Kerala, India, and studied at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetra (Pontifical Athenaeum of Philosophy and Theology), Bangalore, India.

He was previously assigned to St. Augustine Church in Lebanon, Ky., and Holy Name of Mary Church in Calvary, Ky.

 

 

Father Kanattu

Father Devassya P. Kanattu

Reverend Devassya P. Kanattu, C.M.I., will be administrator of Holy Cross Church in Burkesville, Ky., and Emmanuel Church in Albany, Ky.

He was ordained on Dec. 27, 2000, is a native of Kerala, India, and studied at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetra (Pontifical Athenaeum of Philosophy and Theology), Bangalore, India.

He was previously assigned to St. Bernadette Church in Prospect.

 

 

Father Lamberson

Father Bryan T. Lamberson

Reverend Bryan T. Lamberson will be administrator of St. Francis and Holy Cross churches in Loretto, Ky.
Father Lamberson, a native of Uniondale, N.Y., studied at St. Meinrad and was ordained on June 3, 2000.

He was previously assigned to the Cathedral of the Assumption, St. Bernard Church, Our Mother of Sorrows Church, Church of the Annunciation in Shelbyville, Ky., and St. John Chrysostom Church in Eminence, Ky.

He was also a chaplain at Jewish and SS. Mary & Elizabeth hospitals and served as a sacramental moderator for the Catholic Deaf Community.

 

Father Christopher Lubecke

Father Christopher B. Lubecke

Reverend Christopher B. Lubecke will serve as pastor of St. Catherine Church in New Haven, Ky., and Immaculate Conception Church in Culvertown, Ky. He previously served as administrator of St. Catherine and Immaculate Conception.

Father Lubecke was born in Milwaukee, Wis., and studied at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, Md.

He was ordained on May 25, 2013, and also has served at St. Albert the Great and Holy Trinity churches.

 

 

 

Father Naylor

Father David W. Naylor

Reverend David W. Naylor will be pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in Raywick, Ky., and St. Charles Church in St. Mary, Ky.

Father Naylor, born in Kokomo, Ind., studied at St. Meinrad and was ordained on June 3, 2000.

He was previously assigned to Holy Redeemer in Greensburg, Ky.; Holy Spirit Church in Jamestown, Ky.; Good Shepherd Church in Columbia, Ky.; the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown, Ky.; Holy Name of Mary Church in Calvary, Ky.; Our Lady of Fatima Church in Phillipsburg, Ky.; St. Aloysius Church  in Shepherdsville, Ky.; St. Benedict Church in Lebanon Junction, Ky.; St. Clare Oratory in Colesburg, Ky.; and St. Ignatius Martyr Church.

 

Father Nicolas

Father Jeffrey S. Nicolas

Very Reverend Jeffrey S. Nicolas will be pastor of St. Bernadette Church.

Father Nicolas, a native of Louisville, attended St. Meinrad and was ordained on Aug. 7, 1993.

He was previously assigned to the Cathedral of the Assumption, St. Barnabas Church, St. James Church in Elizabethtown, Ky.; St.

Lawrence Church, the Church of the Epiphany and St. Boniface Church. He also served as a chaplain in the Boy Scouts and the U.S. Navy.

 

 

Father Priddy

Father Stuart B. Priddy

Reverend Stuart B. Priddy will be administrator of St. Bartholomew Church.

Father Priddy, a native of Elizabethtown, Ky., studied at St. Meinrad and was ordained on May 26, 2012.

He was previously assigned to St. Aloysius Church in Pewee Valley, Ky.; Holy Spirit Church; and Immaculate Conception Church in La Grange, Ky.

 

 

 

Father Christopher Rhodes

Father Christopher S. Rhodes

Reverend Christopher S. Rhodes will be administrator of Our Mother of Sorrows, St. Elizabeth of Hungary and St. Therese churches.

Father Rhodes, born in Dallas, studied at St. Meinrad and Catholic University of America. He was ordained on May 26, 2012.

He was previously assigned to St. Patrick Church, St. Augustine Church in Lebanon, Ky.; Holy Name of Mary Church in Calvary, Ky.; the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown, Ky.; and St. Michael Church in Fairfield, Ky.

 

 

Father Vadakumpadan

Father Vadakumpadan

Reverend Saju M. Vadakumpadan, C.M.I., will be administrator of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Campbellsville, Ky.; Our Lady of the Hills Church in Finley, Ky.; and Our Lady of Fatima Church in Phillipsburg, Ky.

He was ordained on Dec. 29, 1992, is a native of Kerala, India, and studied at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetra (Pontifical Athenaeum of Philosophy and Theology), Bangalore, India.

He was previously assigned to St. Gabriel Church.

 

 

Father Charles D. Walker

Father Charles D. Walker

Reverend Charles D. Walker will serve as pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Church, while remaining chaplain of Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Louisville.

Father Walker, a native of Loretto, Ky., studied at St. Meinrad and was ordained on May 30, 1981.

He has served at the following churches: St. Raphael, SS. Peter and Paul in Danville, Ky.; Emmanuel in Albany, Ky.; Holy Cross in Burkesville, Ky.; St. Pius X; St. Polycarp; St. Clement; St. Peter the Apostle; St. James in Elizabethtown, Ky.; St. Ignatius in White Mills, Ky.; and St. Ambrose in Cecilia, Ky.

 

 

Father Wimsatt

Father Michael T. Wimsatt

Reverend Michael T. Wimsatt will be administrator of the Cathedral of the Assumption while remaining  vocation director for the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Vocation Office.

Father Wimsatt, a native of Oakland, Ky., studied at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore and Catholic University of America. He was ordained on May 29, 2010.

He has served at the following churches: St. Joseph in Bardstown, Ky., and St. Michael in Fairfield, Ky.

 

 

 

Reverend Edmund C. Ani will remain as administrator at St. Bernard Church in Clementsville, Ky., and Sacred Heart Church in Liberty, Ky., for a period of one year.

Reverend Bernard J. Breen will remain as pastor of St. Leonard and St. Frances of Rome churches for a period of one year.

Reverend John R. Burke will remain as pastor of Good Shepherd Church and as sacramental moderator at St. William Church for a period of one year.

Reverend Dennis L. Cousens will retire from St. Christopher Church in Radcliff, Ky.

Reverend Gary G. Davis will remain as pastor at St. Athanasius Church for a period of one year.

Reverend Ronald J. Domhoff will retire as pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Church.

Reverend Kenneth R. Fortener will remain as administrator of St. Vincent de Paul Church in New Hope, Ky., and St. Ann Church in Howardstown, Ky., for a period of one year.

Reverend James W. Graf will retire from St. Francis Xavier Church in Raywick, Ky., and St. Charles Church in St. Mary, Ky.

Reverend Donald M. Hill will remain as pastor at St. Raphael Church for a period of three years.

Reverend J. Wayne Jenkins will retire from St. Albert the Great Church.

Reverend Brian A. Kenney will be re-appointed as pastor of St. Aloysius Church in Shepherdsville, Ky., and St. Benedict Church in Lebanon Junction, Ky. He recently underwent his six-year review.

Reverend Jeffrey P. Leger will be re-appointed as pastor of Guardian Angels Church. He recently underwent his six-year review.

Reverend Martin A. Linebach will remain pastor of St. James Church in Elizabethtown, Ky. His assignment as pastor of St. Ignatius Church in White Mills, Ky., and St. Ambrose Church in Cecilia, Ky., is ending.

Very Reverend J. Mark Spalding will be presbyteral moderator of St. Boniface Church, in addition to his assignment as pastor of Holy Trinity Church.

Deacon Denny Nash will become the director of the Archdiocese of Louisville Diaconate Office, effective May 1. Deacon Nash was ordained in 2012 and is assigned to Good Shepherd Church. He has served as the director of diaconate formation since 2015.

Deacon Patrick Wright, who served as the seventh director of the Diaconate Office since it was founded in 1974, will leave the Diaconate Office and continue his role, now full time, as pastoral administrator of Holy Family Church.

Deacon Mark Rougeux will become the director of the Mass of the Air, effective July 1. Deacon Rougeux was ordained in 2008 and is assigned to St. Patrick Church.
Reverend Nicholas Rice, who founded Mass of the Air in 1977, is retiring as director. He was ordained in 1967.

1 Comment

  • James Hennelly says:

    I don’t understand what an administrator is. So many of these new assignments are to an administrator post. Does the archbishop not have confidence and trust in these men to serve a term as pastor? Very confusing and quite disconcerting, especially for those parishes that are getting an administrator and not a pastor.

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