Friday, September 25, 2009

What We Already Knew

SCRANTON – Cardinal Justin Rigali, head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Scranton, announced several new priest assignments in the local diocese Thursday, most of them in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties

The Rev. Philip Altavilla left his post as chaplain at Holy Cross High School in Dunmore to serve as administrator at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and St. John the Evangelist parishes in Scranton, effective Sept. 4. Altavilla will continue to serve as Episcopal vicar of the northeast pastoral region, a post he was given by Rigali when the cardinal temporarily took the reins in Scranton upon Bishop Joseph Martino’s resignation last month.

Effective Sept. 11, The Rev. Christopher Sahd left the post as director of the office for divine worship as well as assistant director of the office for vocations to become administrator at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Archbald and St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish, Eynon. Sahd had served at St. Boniface Church and at St. Aloysius School in Wilkes-Barre, but had been assigned to Scranton and administrative duties by Bishop James Timlin, Martino’s predecessor.

The Rev. Christopher Washington assumed the job of chaplain at Holy Cross, effective Sept. 1, while continuing to hold the titles of director of seminarians and director of vocations, and assumed the duties of director of the office of divine worship.

The Rev. Stephen Stavoy finished a stint as chaplain in the U.S. Naval Reserves to become assistant pastor at St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 10.

The Rev. Anthony Generose left his post as administrator at St. Catherine of Siena in Moscow, effective Sept. 14, and took up residence at St. Aloysius Parish, Wilkes-Barre. Resident priests are typically retired but may assist in parish responsibilities as required. Generose will continue to serve as judicial vicar and Episcopal vicar for consecrated life.

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