Bishop announces clergy moves

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - Updated: 6:00 pm
By Bob De Witt Correspondent

Bishop David Zubik has announced several clergy appointments designed to help further the work of the On Mission for The Church Alive! planning initiative. (The appointments appeared in the May 26 issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic.)

In addition to his current responsibilities as vicar general, Auxiliary Bishop William Waltersheid has been named dean of the regional vicars, regional vicar of Vicariate 1 and chaplain to the Sisters of the Holy Spirit. The appointment is effective Sept. 21. He is relieved of his duties as vicar for clergy and consecrated life, effective July 10, while remaining as administrator of Epiphany Parish in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood until Sept. 21.

“Bishop Waltersheid’s pastoral skills, demonstrated in the Diocese of Harrisburg before coming here, and his pastoral care of our priests, place him in a critically important position as we anticipate the ongoing development of On Mission,” Bishop Zubik said.

Bishop Waltersheid will succeed Father Robert Guay, who is retiring after many years of service.

“Whether as parochial vicar or as pastor, as clergy personnel director or as vicar for clergy, as dean or regional vicar, Father Guay has served well the Church of Pittsburgh,” Bishop Zubik said.

Father Mark Eckman has been appointed as administrator of Epiphany Parish, effective Sept. 21. He will continue in his responsibilities as vicar for clergy personnel. “Father Eckman will be able to use his characteristic pastoral skills for the faithful of Epiphany,” Bishop Zubik said.

Father Brian Welding, currently rector of St. Paul Seminary and director of pre-ordination formation, will become vicar for clergy and consecrated life, effective July 10.

“Father Welding has done an outstanding job in the preparation of our future priests,” Bishop Zubik said. “I know that he will be equally as dedicated as he is ever so qualified to do so in service for those already ordained, our priests and deacons.”

Father Thomas Sparacino has been appointed as the new rector of St. Paul Seminary and as director of pre-ordination formation, effective July 10. Father Sparacino, who previously served as diocesan director of vocations, is released from his responsibilities as pastor of St. Richard Parish in Richland Township.

Father Michael Conway is appointed administrator of St. Richard Parish, effective July 10, and at the same time is relieved of his assignment as parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington.

“As I share the new appointments with you, we can all appreciate the sacrifices these men are making in accepting these new charges,” Bishop Zubik said. “They reflect the same responses we each seek to make in service of our people and in helping the Diocese of Pittsburgh to be On Mission for The Church Alive!”

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