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5/31/2007
Archdiocese of Portland rolls out new priest assignments

The Archdiocese of Portland has announced new assignments to take effect July 2 for 21 priests and one pastoral administrator.

Pilar Father Maxy DíCosta has accepted assignment as pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Milwaukie. He was serving as parochial vicar at the same parish.

Father Todd Molinari will be the new pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Salem. He was serving as pastor at St. John the Baptist Parish in Milwaukie.

Father James Coleman will begin work as a missionary in the Diocese of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, after serving as pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Salem for five years.

Father John Cihak is the new pastor at Sacred Heart-St. Louis, in Gervais, after completing his doctoral studies in Rome and serving briefly in Medford.

Benedictine Father Vincent Trujillo will be in residence at Mount Angel Abbey, after serving as pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Gervais.

Father Michael Morrissey returns from leave to pastor St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Veneta.

Sue Hallett, current pastoral administrator of St. Catherine Parish in Veneta, will retire this year.

Father Sean Weeks will become pastor at Our Lady of the Mountain Parish in Ashland, coming to Southern Oregon after serving as parochial vicar in Lake Oswego at Our Lady of the Lake Parish.

Father Joseph Betschart will be on leave, joining the formation faculty at the North American College in Rome, after serving as pastor at Our Lady of the Mountain Parish in Ashland.

Holy Cross Father John Wironen will assume the pastor post at Holy Cross Parish in North Portland.

Father David Gutmann will be the new pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton after serving for nine years at Holy Cross.

Father John McGrann will serve as administrator for St. Charles Parish in Northeast Portland. He comes to the parish from Holy Trinity in Beaverton.

Pilar Father Agnelo Gomes is leaving the archdiocese after serving as pastor at St. Charles in Northeast Portland.

Father Petrus Binh Hoang will be the new pastor at St. Stephen Parish in Southeast Portland after serving at Our Lady of Lavang Parish in Portland and St. Charles Mission Church in Gold Beach.

Father Steve Stobie is the new pastor at St. Cyril Parish in Wilsonville, relocating from St. Stephen Parish in Southeast Portland.

Father Daniel Adams will be on leave after serving as pastor at St. Cyril Parish in Wilsonville.

Father Roger Fernando, parochial vicar at St. Anthony, Tigard, will be the new administrator at St. Therese Parish in Northeast Portland.

Father Jack Mosbrucker, current pastor of St. Therese Parish in Northeast Portland, will enter into retirement.

Father Irudayaraj Amalanathan comes from India to accept the post of parochial vicar at St. Anthony Parish in Tigard. Father Amalanathan is the nephew of Stayton Pastor Father Panneer Selvam.

Father Andrew Thomas will become parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego, coming to the west Portland suburban parish from Sacred Heart Parish, Medford.

Rev. Mr. Jeff Meeuwsen (to be ordained June 9) will serve as parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish in Medford.

Rev. Mr. David Brown (to be ordained June 9) will become a parochial vicar at St. Mary Cathedral Parish in Northwest Portland.

Rev. Mr. Ronald Nelson, Jr. (to be ordained June 9) will also serve as a parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish in Medford, before returning to Rome in September to complete his licentiate degree.

Father Dan Adams was born in 1954 in Portland. He attended Mount Angel Seminary High School and College, where he earned a bachelorís degree. He earned a master of divinity at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana. He was ordained in 1980 at St. Mary Church in Corvallis. He served as associate pastor at St. Mary, Corvallis (1979-82), and at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Albany (1982-84); as director of vocations at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center (1984-87); as director of the Archdiocesan House of Studies (1986-87); as chaplain of the Deaf Apostolate (1988-92); as chaplain of the Portland State University Newman Center (1988-92); and as pastor of St. Benedict Parish in San Francisco before returning to Oregon to serve as pastor at St. Cyril Parish in Wilsonville.

Father Irudayaraj Amalanathan was born July 23, 1965, in Nallamanayackenpatty, India. He attended seminary at St. Paulís Seminary in Trichy, India. The nephew of Father Panneer Selvam, he was ordained May 9, 1991, for the Diocese of Trichy in India. His ministry has included a role as the rector of the Inter-Diocesan Minor Seminary in Trichy, India, and administrator of St. Boniface Parish for two months in Sublimity.

Father Joseph Betschart is a Portland native and attended Oregon State University, where he received a bachelorís degree in nuclear engineering. He attended Notre Dame Institute, receiving a masterís in religious studies, and then Mount Angel Seminary and the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained in 1999 at St. Mary Cathedral by Archbishop John Vlazny. His first assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Joseph in Salem. He also served at St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton as parochial vicar before his last assignment as pastor at Our Lady of the Mountain Parish in Ashland.

Rev. Mr. David Brown was born in Hebron, Neb., in 1958. He is one of four children and attended elementary school in Welches, and graduated from Sandy Union High School in 1976. He received a bachelorís degree in criminology from Southern Oregon University in 1984 and worked as an insurance investigator prior to entering Mount Angel Seminary in 2000. Rev. Mr. Brown has done ministry work at Queen of Peace Parish in Salem, St. Mary, Star of the Sea in Astoria, the Benedictine Nursing Center in Mount Angel, St. Mary Cathedral in Portland, St. Joseph the Worker in Portland and St. Anthony in Forest Grove. He studied at the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas, and studied Clinical Pastoral Education at Emmanuel Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

Father John Cihak was born in 1970 in San Diego. The family moved to Corvallis when he was 3. Father Cihak earned a bachelorís degree at Notre Dame, and an STB and STL at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. His seminary training was at Mount Angel and then at the North American College in Rome. He was ordained in 1998. After finishing his studies in Rome, he was assigned to be parochial vicar at St. Anneís, Grants Pass, in 1999. From 2001 until 2004 he was a member of the faculty at Mount Angel Seminary. Father Cihak returned to Rome in 2004 and received a doctorate in theology in 2007. He has been in residence at Sacred Heart in Medford since March of 2007.

Father James Coleman was born in 1946. He attended Serra Catholic High School in Salem and Mount Angel Seminary High School and College. He then studied at the Canisianum in Innsbruck, Austria, receiving a license there, and then at the University of Innsbruck, where he received a master of divinity. He was ordained in 1973 by Archbishop Robert Dwyer at St. Joseph Church in Salem. Since his ordination, he has served as associate pastor at St. John the Baptist Parish in Milwaukie, St. Andrew Parish in Portland and St. Henryís in Gresham. He was pastor of St. Andrewís from 1983 to 1988, at which time he began his work as a missionary to Latin America. He returned in 2002 and was assigned parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Salem. He became pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Salem in 2003.

Father Maxy DíCosta was ordained a priest of the Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier (Society of Pilar) in 1996, and belongs to the Bombay Province of that Society. He worked in the suburbs of Bombay for eight years and handled the responsibilities of his parish for five years.

He speaks several languages, including English, Hindi, and Marathia. He has been serving as parochial vicar at St. John the Baptist Parish, Milwaukie since July of 2005.

Pilar Father Agnelo Gomes, who served at St. Thomas More Parish in Southwest Portland and St. Pius X Parish in Northwest Portland before becoming pastor of St. Charles Parish in Northeast Portland, was born in 1965 in Nairobi, Kenya. He attended seminary high school and seminary in Goa, India, where he was ordained in 1994. Father Gomes arrived in the Portland Archdiocese in 1997.

Father David Gutmann was born in 1955. He graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1974. He received a bachelorís degree in music from Portland State University in 1978, and a masterís of theology from Mount Angel Seminary in 1983. He has served at St. Peter Parish, Eugene; St. Mary Parish, Eugene; St. Mary Cathedral Parish, Portland; St. Anthony Parish, Forest Grove; St. John Yamhill, and most recently, Holy Cross Parish in North Portland.

Sue Hallett has been working as pastoral administrator at St. Catherine of Siena Parish for the last six years. She was born in Eugene in 1947 and attended St. Maryís and St. Francis High School there. She has been legislative assistant in the Oregon House, taught piano for 35 years, and has been a member of her parish for 33 years. She is also a graduate from the archdiocesan ministry formation program this summer.

Father Petrus Binh Hoang, who was serving in Gold Beach at St. Charles Mission Church, has also served as parochial vicar at St. Cecilia, Beaverton, the Southeast Asian Vicariate, St. Mary Cathedral, Portland, and St. Joseph, Salem. He served as administrator of St. Mary Parish in Shaw in 2006. Father Hoang was born in 1967 in Vietnam. He was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1990. He attended St. Joseph College Seminary in Mountview, Calif., and Mount Angel Seminary. He was ordained in 1996 by Archbishop Francis George.

Father John McGrann was born in 1941 in Seattle. He attended Washington Stateís St. Edwardís and St. Thomas Seminary, and was ordained in 1967 by Bishop Bernard Topel in Pomeroy, Wash., for the Diocese of Spokane. He has worked in Spokane and nearby communities as associate pastor and pastor of various parishes and as director of family life for the diocese. He then worked in San Francisco from 1988 until 1997, where he founded Kairos Support for Caregivers and worked at San Domenico School. He arrived in the Portland Archdiocese in 1998 to become administrator of St. Jude Parish after its pastor, Father Peter Roerig, died. His latest assignment has been at Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton as administrator.

Rev. Mr. Jeff Meeuwsen (to be ordained June 9) was born in Hillsboro in 1977. He attended St. Francis of Assisi School in Roy and graduated from Valley Catholic High in 1995. He earned a bachelor of arts in religious studies and education in 1999 from Gonzaga University in Spokane. He entered Mount Angel Seminary in the fall of 2001. His ministry training has included work at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Gervais, St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Portland, Blanchet High School in Salem and St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton. He also had summer placements at St. Joseph Parish in Roseburg and at St. John the Baptist Parish in Milwaukie. He earned a masterís degree and a Master of Divinity degree at Mount Angel Seminary in May 2007. Before entering Mount Angel Seminary, he taught at Visitation Catholic School in Verboort.

Father Todd Molinari was born in 1968 in Portland. He attended La Salle High School, the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, and the North American College and Pontifical Gregorian University, both in Rome. He was ordained in 1995 at St. John the Baptist Church in Milwaukie by Archbishop William Levada. He has served as parochial vicar of St. Anneís Parish, Grants Pass, pastor at St. Francis Parish, Roy, St. Edward Parish, North Plains and most recently as pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Milwaukie.

Father Michael Morrissey returns from health leave after leading St. Anne Parish in Gresham for several years. He was born in El Paso, Texas, and attended seminary high school in Wisconsin and New York. After completing work at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., he went to Maryknoll Seminary in New York. He was ordained for the Capuchin Franciscans of New York in 1978. He served in Queens and then went to Guam where he served until 1988. He came to Oregon in 1989 and was incardinated into the archdiocese in 1992. Here, he has served at St. Joseph Parish in Salem and St. John the Baptist in Milwaukie before starting his long ministry to the large English- and Spanish-speaking community at St. Anneís.

Father Jack Mosbrucker, set to retire, was ordained in 1966. He taught at John F. Kennedy High School in Mount Angel and then at Central Catholic from 1966 to 1970. He was on study leave from 1970 to 1972 earning a masterís degree from the Menninger Foundation in Kansas. He was director of consulting services for clergy and religious from 1972 to 1988, when he became pastor of St. Charles, Portland, where he resided until 2000, when he became pastor of St. Therese Parish in Northeast Portland.

Rev. Mr. Ronald Nelson, Jr. (to be ordained, June 9) was born in 1971. He graduated from David Douglas High School in 1990. He received a bachelor of arts in philosophy and literature from Mount Angel Seminary in 2002 and an STB degree at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 2005. He is currently working on a Licentiate degree in Spiritual Theology at the Pontifical Teresianum University in Rome. His training for ministry has included working on a retreat team at St. Mary Parish in Mount Angel, summer work at St. Mary Cathedral Parish in Portland and at Queen of Peace Parish in Salem, assisting with the Los Embajadores summer program, and Clinical Pastoral Education at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene. He has also served as a guide for the excavations under St. Peter Basilica in Vatican City. He was a volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity 1997-98.

Father Steve Stobie, before becoming pastor at St. Stephen Parish in Southeast Portland, spent two years studying canon law in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was born in 1954 in Portland and attended both Central Catholic and Benson High Schools. He attended seminary college at Mount Angel before going on to receive a master of divinity at St. Johnís University of Collegeville, Minn. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Portland in 1980 at St. Mary Cathedral by Archbishop Cornelius Power. His first assignments were as intern at St. Andrew, Portland, and St. Paul, Silverton. He was associate pastor of St. Mary, Corvallis, and then parochial vicar of St. John the Baptist, Milwaukie. He has also served as pastor of St. Philip in Dallas and as a chaplain at Mount St. Joseph Residence.

Father Andrew Thomas was raised in Pennsylvania. He received a master of divinity from Mount Angel Seminary in May 2005. He worked at Queen of Peace School in Salem from 1998 to 2000, when he entered Mount Angel Seminary. He has also been assigned to St. Joseph Parish in Salem; St. Henry Parish in Gresham; Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Luke Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho; a year as pastoral intern at St. Clare Parish in Portland; and ministry at St. Paul Parish in Silverton. His most recent post was as parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish in Medford.

Benedictine Father Vincent Trujillo was born in 1941. He graduated from St. Joseph Seminary in 1960. He attended Oakland City College from 1960 to 1961; and Mount Angel College and Reed College in the late 1960s, studying calligraphy. He received a bachelorís degree from Mount Angel Seminary in 1985. Father Trujillo has worked in several capacities at Mount Angel Abbey, and also for the archdiocese, most recently as pastor of St. Louis/Sacred Heart Parishes, Gervais.

Father Sean Weeks was born in Anaheim, Calif., in 1970. He attended school and community college in Lancaster, Calif. He received a bachelorís degree in philosophy in 1999 and a master of arts in theology in 2002 from Mount Angel Seminary, and later a masterĻs of divinity in 2003.

He has served as a deacon at St. James Parish in McMinnville, and most recently as parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego.

Holy Cross Father John Wironen was born April 4, 1941, in Leominster, Mass.

He attended Moreau Seminary, Notre Dame, Ind., 1976-1979 and was ordained for the congregation of Holy Cross. He has served at Providence Medical Center, the University of Portland, and St. Elizabeth Parish in Southwest Portland.

He also led a house of Holy Cross-sponsored youth volunteers in Portland and was superior of the Holy Cross priests and brothers community at the University of Portland.



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