New clergy assignments announced for September

Mon, Sep 19th 2016 09:00 am
Communications Staff
Father William J. Quinlivan (left) and Father Mark Itua are two of the priests impacted by the new assignments announced by the Diocese of Buffalo.
Father William J. Quinlivan (left) and Father Mark Itua are two of the priests impacted by the new assignments announced by the Diocese of Buffalo.

Bishop Richard J. Malone has appointed new pastors for two city parishes and one Chautauqua County parish. 

Effective Nov. 4, Father William J. Quinlivan will assume the duties as pastor of linked parishes St. Martin of Tours and St. Thomas Aquinas, both in South Buffalo, for a term of six years.  The current pastor, Father James G. Judge, will be retiring. 

A priest for more than 21 years, Father Quinlivan presently serves as pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Tonawanda.  His 11 years at Blessed Sacrament were his first pastorate and his longest assignment.  Following his ordination, he served as parochial vicar at St, Mary of the Lake, Hamburg; St. Paul, Kenmore; and St. Gregory the Great, Williamsville.  An accomplished songwriter and author, Father Quinlivan is currently working on a new album and book; his latest album and book were both released in 2014. 

Father Jan Trela was named pastor of Blessed Mary Angela Parish, Dunkirk, for a term of six years.  His new appointment was effective in August. 

Father Trela, who had been serving as pastor at Christ Our Hope Parish, French Creek, is a native of Poland, where he was ordained. His first assignment in the Diocese of Buffalo was in 2011 as parochial vicar at Blessed Mary Angela.  He left the parish in 2013 to become administrator, then pastor, at Christ Our Hope.  Father Trela was incardinated into the Diocese of Buffalo earlier this year.  

Bishop Malone named Father Romeo Hontiveros and Father Lathislaus Benjamin Mariasoosai as administrators in Westfield and Holland, respectively.

A native of the Philippines who had been serving in Manhattan for the past 10 years, Father Hontiveros was named the second pastor of St. Dominic Parish, Westfield, replacing Father Joseph A. Walter who was named pastor at St. Joseph and St. Anthony parishes, Fredonia, in July.   Father Mariasoosai, a native of India, was named administrator at St. Joseph Parish, Holland. 

Father Mark Itua was named temporary administrator of Christ Our Hope Parish, French Creek, filling the opening created when Father Trela moved to Blessed Mary Angela Parish.  His previous assignments in the Diocese of Buffalo have been as temporary parochial vicar at Queen of Martyrs Parish, Cheektowaga, and, simultaneously, as parochial vicar at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Harris Hill, and at St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres parishes in Buffalo. 

Father Joseph T. Nguyen was assigned to ministry as full-time chaplain at Kenmore Mercy Hospital effective Nov. 4.  He currently serves as parochial vicar at St. Andrew Parish, Kenmore, and will continue to live at St. Andrew's when he assumes his new duties at the hospital.  Father Nguyen, a native of Viet Nam, came to the Diocese of Buffalo in early 2014. 

Two Jesuit priests recently moved to Buffalo and reside in the Canisius Jesuit Community on the Canisius College campus.  Father Robert J. McTeigue, SJ, joined the faculty at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, and Father James R. VanDyke, SJ, joined the faculty at Canisius High School, Buffalo.    


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