Priest Assignments (November 1)

After due consultation and prayerful reflection, and in order to provide for the proper care of souls entrusted to him, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland is pleased to announce the following pastoral assignments and appointments for the Diocese of Tyler. All changes are effective Nov. 1, 2018 unless otherwise noted.

Pastors

  • Very Rev. Guillermo Gabriel-Maisonet assigned as Pastor of St. Andrew Parish and St. Patrick Parish in Lufkin (from Rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler).
  • Very Rev. Robert H. “Hank” Lanik assigned as rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler (from Pastor of St. Andrew Parish and St. Patrick Parish in Lufkin). 

Administrators

  • Rev. Msgr. Zach Kunnakkattuthara assigned as Parochial Administrator of Immaculate Conception Parish in Jefferson and Priest-in-Charge of St. Lawrence of Brindisi Mission in Waskom. Msgr. Kunnakkattuthara remains Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Marshall.

Parochial Vicars

  • Rev. Bernard Boteju assigned as Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph Parish in Marshall and Immaculate Conception Parish in Jefferson (from Priest-in-Charge of St. Lawrence of Brindisi Mission in Waskom).
  • Rev. Roselio Fuentes assigned as Parochial Vicar of Immaculate Conception Parish in Jefferson. Father Roselio remains Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph Parish Marshall.

Other

  • Very Rev. Guillermo Gabriel-Maisonet appointed Dean of the Southeast Deanery, replacing Very Rev. Hank Lanik.
  • Rev. Msgr. Zach Kunnakkattuthara appointed Dean of the East Central Deanery, replacing Very Rev. Daniel Dower, effective Oct. 15.  
  • Rev. Joshua Neu, in his capacity as Vocations Director, will visit parishes and assist with weekend Mass coverage to promote vocations. He will also continue to serve as Faith Formation Director for the St. Philip Institute (from Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler).
  • Rev. Anthony Stoeppel assigned to the faculty of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome (from Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Jefferson).