New parish leaders named in Getzville, Williamsville

Fri, Aug 28th 2020 02:00 pm

Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has announced the following appointments for the Diocese of Buffalo.

Father Robert Wozniak has been appointed administrator of St. Pius X Parish in Getzville for a six-year term, effective Aug. 9. Father Wozniak's has been serving on the faculty of Christ the King Seminary since 2015.

Robert Grinewich, who has been a pastoral associate of SS. Peter & Paul Parish in Williamsville, has been appointed temporary administrator of SS. Peter & Paul until the arrival of a new pastor. Father Edward J. Sheedy will serve as priest moderator to supervise pastoral care of the parish. These appointments became eff ective July 1.

Father Peter J. Santandreu has been assigned additional duties as minister to the Spanish Apostolate at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Dunkirk for a term of three years, eff ective July 1.

Father Martin Gallagher will continue to serve as temporary administrator of Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Cheektowaga until the assignment of a more permanent pastoral leader. Father Jeff rey Nowak has been relieved of his responsibilities as pastor eff ective July 2. Father Nowak remains on administrative leave.

Bishop Scharfenberger has approved the appointment of Father Kevin Young from the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, as chaplain to the Carmelite Monastery in Buff alo for one year - Aug. 7, 2020, to Aug. 31, 2021. This will be a period of discernment for Father Young as he seeks permanent ministry. He will be granted faculties in the Buff alo Diocese during this time.

Faculties have also been granted to Father Robert Reiser, SJ, who will be resident at the Canisius College Jesuit Community while on sabbatical until Jan. 1, 2021.

Father Dominik Jezierski, who has been serving as the temporary administrator of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Bowmansville, has been in Poland since March and unable to return due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. He has been relieved of his duties in Bowmansville, as of Aug. 1, so that another administrator can be appointed.
Father Mark Noonan has been granted permission to live and serve for one year with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity beginning Sept. 1, to discern the call to religious life and missionary work. Father Noonan resigned as pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Orchard Park on July 26.

Father John Staak, OMI, has requested and been granted a leave of absence from the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate for one year, ending June 30, 2021.  Father Staak remains a priest in good standing with full faculties in the Diocese of Buff alo.

Also of note, Father Slawomir Siok, SAC, and been appointed superior and provincial delegate for the Pallottine Fathers, Infant Jesus Delegature of Annunciation Province. He replaces Father John Posiewala, SAC. Father Siok will continue to serve as the pastor of St. John de LaSalle Parish in Niagara Falls.

The provincial superior of the Franciscans has notifi ed the diocese that Brother Steven N. Kuehn, OFM, who is in post novitiate formation, will have an internship at St. Bonaventure University until May 31, 2021.  Another Franciscan brother, Brother Richard V. Phillip, OFM, will reside at Holy Peace Friary, Mt. Irenaeus, for the summer.  He is a student in the pre-novitiate program.  

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