My Dear Friends,
New priest assignments for the Diocese of Raleigh have come out, and our Cape Fear Deanery will be experiencing some changes.
You already know that I will be a full-time missionary priest in Honduras beginning June 25th. The parish’s farewell party will be the evening of Friday, June 15th in the St. Mary Cafeteria. All are invited.
Fr. Ryszard Kolodziej, originally from Poland, and currently at St. Brendan’s, will be the new pastor and rector of the Basilica Shrine of St. Mary;
Fr. Chesco García, originally from Colombia, South America, and currently at St. Catherine of Siena parish in Wake Forest, will be the new parochial vicar of the basilica. I was thrilled to hear who would be coming to St. Mary’s, and I believe you will love the new priests!
Msgr. Joseph Ntuwa, originally from Uganda, will be the new Pastor of All Saints parish in Hampstead and its mission in Surf City;
Fr. Fernando Meléndez-Castañeda, originally from Peru, South America, and currently parochial vicar at St. Mark’s, will be the Administrator of Transfiguration parish in Wallace and its mission of Santa Clara in Magnolia;
Fr. César Torres-Martínez, originally from the Diocese of Netzahualcóyotl, Mexico, will be the parochial vicar of St. Mark parish;
And my friend Fr. Mark J. Betti, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, will be the new pastor of St. Brendan the Navigator parish in Shallotte.
I think our deanery made out amazingly well, and I am confident that these men will be wonderful leaders! They need your prayers and support, however, to make this happen!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
– Father Bob