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Diocese announces parish changes

by The Indiana Gazette on June 03, 2013 11:00 AM

GREENSBURG — Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt has appointed a Greensburg priest to serve as pastor of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish in Indiana upon the retirement of the Rev. Father William Kiel.

The Rev. Father Thomas A. Federline, the pastor of the Church of St. Paul, will begin service in Indiana on June 25, in one of several pastoral appointments announced during the weekend in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg.

Kiel, the pastor at St. Bernard since 2005, is one of three priests whose retirements take effect that day.

The others are the Rev. Monsignor William G. Charnoki, who preceded Kiel at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, and the Rev. Father Chester J. Raimer, pastor of SS. Simon & Jude Parish, Blairsville. Charnoki has served as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Ligonier, the last eight years.

Among the other appointments:

• Father Stephen R. Bugay, will serve as pastor of SS. Simon and Jude Parish.

• Father Paul A. Lisik, a former pastor of Church of the Resurrection in northern Indiana County, will become pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Jeannette, and administrator of Ascension Parish, Jeannette.

• Father Douglas E. Dorula, will become pastor of St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Kittanning, and administrator of St. Mary, Mother of God Parish, Yatesboro. Dorula is a former parochial vicar at St. Bernard of Clairvaux and St. Thomas More parishes in Indiana.

• Father E. George Saletrik, will become pastor of Church of the Resurrection Parish, northern Indiana County, while continuing as chaplain for the Catholic Boy and Girl Scouts. Saletrik is a former pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd, Kent.

• Father John M. Foriska will become pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Ligonier.

• The Rev. Father Matthew Morelli, a graduate of Blairsville High School who was ordained Saturday as a priest in the Greensburg Diocese, has been named parochial vicar of St. Barbara Parish, Harrison City, Westmoreland County.

Brandt also announced that Federline will continue as Ecumenical Officer for the Diocese of Greensburg.

The decisions were announced in the affected parishes at Masses on Saturday and Sunday, and they are all effective June 25.

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