Following the recommendation of the
Diocesan Personnel Board and the recommendation
of the Presbyteral Council,
and in keeping with the Living Stones
planning document, Bishop George Leo
Thomas is making the following changes
in parish configuration effective July 1.
Butte Catholic Community North is
being reconfigured to include St. Patrick
Parish and Immaculate Conception
Butte Catholic Community Central will
include St. Joseph Parish and St. John the
Evangelist Parish, with an administrator
in residence at St. John Rectory, for one
year ad experimentum.
Our lady of the lake Mission, Canyon
Ferry, will transfer from the care by the
pastor of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish
in East Helena to care by the pastor of
Holy Cross Parish in Townsend.
To provide appropriate pastoral care of
the people of God residing in the area,
Valley of Flowers Mission in Belgrade is
being established as a parish, with the
name St. John Vianney. Holy Family
Parish in Three Forks remains a parish.
One priest will be the pastor for both.
Following consultation, Bishop George
Leo Thomas announces the following
pastoral appointments. All are effective
July 1, unless otherwise indicated.
Father Patrick Beretta – Administrator,
Butte Catholic Community North (St.
Patrick and Immaculate Conception
parishes) for a three-year term. Father
Beretta also will be coordinator of the
chaplaincy serving Butte Central Schools,
will serve as the chaplain for students at
Montana Tech of the University of Montana
and will assist with chaplain responsibilities
at St. James Healthcare in Butte
(previously parochial vicar for St. John the
Evangelist Parish in Butte).
Deacon Brian Bergeron
– Diaconal ministry at
the Cathedral of St. Helena,
effective June 15.
Father Vitus Borogo, a
priest of the Archdiocese
of Kaduna in Nigeria –
Parochial vicar for St.
William Parish in Shelby
with St. Thomas in Sunburst,
St. Margaret Parish in Cut Bank and
St. Francis Parish in Valier with Holy Cross
Mission in Dupuyer, for a three-year term.
Father Borogo also will pursue a master’s
degree at the University of Great Falls.
Father John Olin Brown
– Priest-hermit at
Sycamore Tree Contemplative
Center in the
Swan Valley and will
provide priestly ministry
at Our Lady of the Swan Valley Mission,
for another term of one year.
Father Joseph Carver, SJ – Concluding
his assignment as parochial vicar of
St. Francis Xavier Parish in Missoula and
as the superior for Jesuit priests assigned
in Montana, to undertake a new appointment
with the Oregon Province of the Society
of Jesus, effective June 1.
Deacon John Crutchfield
– Following his ordination
deacon scheduled on
June 21, he will be assigned
as deacon at St.
Matthew Parish in Kalispell until the end
of August, at which time he will return to
Mount Angel Seminary to complete his
Father Jeffrey Fleming
– Pastor of St. John the
Baptist Parish in Frenchtown,
with St. Albert the
Great Mission in Alberton
and St. Mary Queen
of Heaven Mission in Superior, for a sixyear
term. This is an addition to Father
Fleming’s responsibilities as pastor of
Christ the King Parish in Missoula.
Father Joseph Fleming –
After his ordination as a
priest on June 21, he will
be assigned as parochial
vicar for Christ the King
Parish in Missoula, and
as parochial vicar for St. John the Baptist
Parish in Frenchtown, with St. Albert the
Great Mission in Alberton and St. Mary
Queen of Heaven Mission in Superior, for
a three-year term.
Father Eric Gilbaugh –
Pastor of the newly established
St. John Vianney
Parish in Belgrade and
pastor of the realigned
Holy Family Parish in
Three Forks, for six-year terms.
Father Robert Hall –
Administrator, St. John
the Evangelist Parish in
Butte and administrator,
St. Joseph Parish in Butte,
the parishes of the Butte
Catholic Community Central, for a oneyear
term. Father Hall was the pastor for
Butte Catholic Community North before
taking a sabbatical from April-June 2013.
Father Edward Hislop –
Pastor of Blessed Trinity
Parish in Missoula with
Spirit of Christ Mission
in Lolo, for another six year
Father Pascal Kasanziki, a member of
the Xaverian Fathers
seeking incardination in
the Diocese of Helena –
Parochial vicar, Cathedral
of St. Helena. Previously parochial vicar
for Butte Catholic Community North.
Father Edward Kohler
– Pastor of St. Anne Parish
in Heart Butte, with Holy
Family Mission, effective
June 1. This is in addition
to Father Kohler’s assignment
as pastor of Little Flower Parish,
Browning, with its missions.
Father Matthew Kunkel, SJ – Following
his ordination as a priest
on June 8, assignment as
parochial vicar for St.
Francis Xavier Parish in
Missoula, effective June 15.
Father Marc Lenneman
– Chaplain, Carroll College,
for another threeyear
Lenneman continues his
assignments as diocesan vocation director
and as coordinator of priestly ministry at
Father Tom O’Donnell
– Concluding assignment
as pastor of Ss. Cyril and
Methodius Parish in East
Helena, with its missions,
and accepts full senior
status. Father O’Donnell retains his position
as canonical pastor of Holy Cross
Parish in Townsend.
Father Robert Porter –
Continuing as pastor of
Parish in Deer Lodge,
with responsibility for
ministry at Montana State
Father Daniel J. Powers,
SJ – Concluding assignment
as pastor of St.
Anne Parish in Heart
Butte, with Holy Family
Mission, and accepting
senior status with the Society of Jesus, effective
June 1. Father Powers will reside
in Spokane, Wash.
Father Leo Proxell –
Pastor of Holy Rosary
Parish in Bozeman for
another six-year term,
and canonical pastor for
Our Lady of the Pines
Parish in West Yellowstone, with St.
Joseph Mission in Big Sky.
Father Sean Raftis –
Administrator, Holy Cross
Parish in Townsend, with
Our Lady of the Lake
Mission at Canyon Ferry.
Father Raftis is concluding
his assignment as parochial vicar for
Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish in East Helena,
with its missions.
Father John Robertson
– Administrator, St.
Thomas the Apostle
Parish in Helmville with
St. Jude Mission in Lincoln,
in addition to his responsibilities
at the Chancery.
Father David Severson
– Active duty as chaplain
with the Montana National
Guard, service that took
effect March 21. Previously,
Father Severson was
parochial vicar at the Cathedral of St. Helena,
with St. Theodore Mission in Avon.
Father Daniel Shea –
Professor emeritus at Carroll
College, and continuing
his term as pastor of
Our Lady of the Valley
Parish in Helena.
Father Miroslaw Szynal,
priest of the Diocese of
Poland, pursuing incardination
here with the permission
of his bishop.
Administrator for Immaculate Conception
Parish in Polson and for Sacred Heart Parish
in Ronan, with St. Joseph Mission in Charlo,
for a three-year term.
Sister Patricia Toeckes, SCL – Pastoral Administrator
for Our Lady of the
Pines Parish in West Yellowstone
with St. Joseph
Mission in Big Sky, for another threeyear
Father Bart Tolleson –
Pastor of Ss. Cyril and
Methodius Parish in East
Helena with St. John
Mission in Clancy, for a
six-year term. Previously,
Father Tolleson was the pastor of St. John
the Baptist Parish in Frenchtown, with St.
Albert the Great Mission in Alberton and St.
Mary Queen of Heaven Mission in Superior.
Father Christopher Weekly, SJ
– Parochial Vicar, St. Francis Xavier
Parish in Missoula, effective
June 1. Father
Weekly also will serve as
the superior for the Jesuits assigned in
Seminarian Summer Assignments
Deacon Brian Bergeron – Cathedral of St. Helena
Deacon John Crutchfield – scheduled to
be ordained a transitional deacon on June 21, continues
at St. Matthew Parish in Kalispell
(Theology IV in the fall)
Jacob Floch – Resurrection Parish in
Bozeman (Pre-Theology II in the fall)
Craig Hanley – Valley of Flowers/St.
John Vianney Parish in Belgrade (Theology
III in the fall)
Chris Lebsock – Blessed John Paul II
Parish in Bigfork (Theology III in the fall)
Bryce Lungren – Institute for Priestly
Formation in Omaha, Neb. (Theology II
in the fall)
Joseph Paddock – Little Flower Parish
in Browning (Theology I in the fall)
Matthew Petesch – St. Ann Parish in
Butte (Pre-Theology I in the fall)
Oliver Santin – Ss. Cyril and Methodius
Parish in East Helena (Pre-theology II in
Cody Williams – Christ the King Parish
in Missoula (Theology II in the fall)
Alex Woelkers – Institute for Priestly
Formation in Omaha, Neb. (Theology II
in the fall)
Completing Spirituality Year at the end of
June: No assignment – each will spend a
week at Legendary Lodge:
John Hall (Theology II in the fall)
Kirby Longo (Pre-theology I in the fall)
Nathan Scheidecker (Pre-theology I in
Applicant for Fall 2013 – summer on
Legendary Lodge staff:
David Phillips (Spirituality Year in the
Published in The Montana Catholic Online, Volume 29, No. 7, July 19, 2013.