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Official Appointments of the Diocese of Crookston - (rel. 05.20.19)

Most Rev. Michael J. Hoeppner, Bishop of Crookston, has made the following appointments, announcements, and/or decrees:

Effective June 1, 2019: Appointment

Fr. Andrew Obel, appointed Pastor of Sacred Heart, Baudette; St. Mary, Warroad; and St. Joseph, Williams.

Effective July 1, 2019: Reappointments

Fr. John Cox OMI, reappointed Pastor of St. Ann, Waubun; St. Anne, Naytahwaush and St. Frances Cabrini, Big Elbow Lake.

Fr. Larry Delaney, reappointed Pastor of St. Joseph, Moorhead along with Newman Ministries.

Fr. Tony Fernando, reappointed Pastor of Our Lady of the Pines, Nevis and St. Theodore, Laporte.

Fr. Bob LaPlante, reappointed Pastor of St. Mary of the Lakes, Detroit Lakes and St. Francis Xavier, Lake Park.

Fr. Dave Super, reappointed Pastor of St. Michael, Mahnomen and St. Joseph, Beaulieu.

Effective July 1, 2019: Appointments

Fr. John Christianson, appointed Pastor of St. Patrick, Kelliher; St. Ann, Blackduck; and St. John, Nebish.

Fr. August Gothman, appointed Pastor of St. Elizabeth, Dilworth and St. Andrew, Hawley.

Fr. Adam Hamness, appointed Pastor of St. Francis Xavier, Oklee; St. Ann, Goodridge; and St. Clement, Grygla.

Fr. Xavier Ilango, appointed Pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul, Warren; St. Joseph, Oslo; and St. Mary, Euclid.

Fr. Emmanuel Sylvester, appointed Pastor of St. Patrick, Hallock and Holy Rosary, Lancaster.


Deacon Michael Arey, to be ordained to the priesthood on June 15, 2019, is appointed Parochial Vicar of Holy Rosary, Detroit Lakes.

Editor’s note: This list was updated June 7, 2019.

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