Appointments – June 25, 2020

Archbishop Bernard Hebda has announced the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

View past appointments, by issue date, in The Catholic Spirit.

Effective June 16, 2020

Reverend Yamato Icochea, PES, assigned as parochial vicar of the Church of Saint Mark in St. Paul and as sacramental minister for the Church of the Holy Rosary in Minneapolis. Father Icochea was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 2020.

Reverend Cesar Alvixtur Valencia Martinez, PES, assigned as parochial vicar of the Church of Saint Mark in St. Paul. Father Valencia was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 2020.

Effective July 1, 2020

Reverend John J. Bauer, assigned as canonical administrator of Notre Dame Academy in Minnetonka. This is in addition to his assignment as pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Minnetonka.

Reverend Mario Castagnola, PES, assigned as parochial vicar of the Church of the Assumption and the Church of Saint Richard in Richfield. This is a transfer from his current assignment as parochial vicar of the Church of Saint Mark in Saint Paul and as sacramental minister for the Church of the Guardian Angels in Chaska.

Reverend Cassian DiRocco, assigned as chaplain at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul and as sacramental minister for the Church of Saint Joseph in Miesville. This is a transfer from his current assignment as parochial vicar of the Church of All Saints in Minneapolis.

Reverend Edison Galarza, o.cc.ss., assigned as pastor of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Saint Paul. This is a transfer from his current assignments as chaplain at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul and as parochial vicar of the Church of the Risen Savior in Burnsville.

Reverend Robert Hart, assigned as parochial administrator of the Church of Saint Bonaventure in Bloomington. Father Hart is a retired priest of the Archdiocese who was previously serving as parochial administrator of the Church of the Annunciation in Hazelwood and the Church of Saint Dominic in Northfield.

Reverend Brian Lynch, assigned as parochial vicar of the Church of the Transfiguration in Oakdale. This is a transfer from his previous assignment as pastor of the Church of Our Lady of the Prairie in Belle Plaine.

Reverend Eugene Theisen, assigned as pastor of the Church of Saint Wenceslaus in New Prague. Father Theisen has been serving as parochial administrator of the same parish.

Retirement Effective July 1, 2020

Reverend Douglas Ebert, granted the status of a retired priest. Father Ebert has served the Archdiocese as a priest since his ordination in 2009, most recently as pastor of the Church of Saint John Neumann in Eagan.

Incardination Effective June 16, 2020

Reverend Thomas Niehaus, granted incardination into the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, from the Diocese of Winona-Rochester.

Excardination Effective May 19, 2020

Deacon Paul Tschann, granted excardination from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, into the Diocese of Winona-Rochester.

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