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New postings for Port Pirie priests

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Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ has announced the new appointments for the clergy in the Port Pirie Diocese, effective from May 11.

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“In several cases a number of towns assigned to the pastoral care of the priest is too large to enable the Eucharist to be celebrated in every place, every weekend. There will therefore have to be a service of the Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion in numbers of places on a rotational basis.

“This will require the appropriate training of laity to conduct such services. It is also an opportunity for an increased involvement in lay ministry, in areas such as the visitation of the sick, the welcoming of newcomers, the care of plant and fabric, the conducting of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, and so on,” Bishop O’Kelly said.

The new appointments are:
• Booleroo Centre, Peterborough, Orroroo, Laura, Pekina, Wirrabara: Fr Ramel Morales
• Cleve, Cowell, Kimba, Wudinna, Kyancutta: Fr Leon Quinn
• Coober Pedy, Inland Mission, Uluru: Fr Paul Crotty
• Jamestown, Gladstone, Georgetown, Burra, Hallett, Spalding: Fr Brian Mathews
• Kadina, Wallaroo, Moonta, Port Broughton, Snowtown, Bute: Fr Matthew Newman
• Port Augusta, Wilmington: Fr Jim Monaghan
• Port Lincoln, Coffin Bay: Fr Ben Mkuchu, Fr John Folkman
• Port Pirie, Crystal Brook, Redhill: Fr Jimmy Pantin
• Quorn, Hawker, Carrieton, Leigh Creek: Fr Harold Camonias
• Roxby Downs, Woomera, Andamooka: Fr Francis Montero
• Streaky Bay, Chandada, Ceduna, Calca, Smoky Bay, Wirrulla: Fr Steve Ardill
• Whyalla: Mgr Paul Quirk, Fr Hau Le

Bishop O’Kelly noted that to accommodate the shortage of clergy and to make parishes more viable, Peterborough has been added to Booleroo Centre; Burra added to Jamestown; and the pastoral responsibility for Port Broughton, Bute and Snowtown has been transferred to Kadina.

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