Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced new assignments for Deacons David H. Harvey, Joseph A. Pasquella and Thaddeus V. Pijacki.
Deacon Harvey, who is a convert to Catholicism, was assigned to diaconal ministry at Immaculate Conception Parish, Wellsville, effective Jan. 19. Following his ordination in 2006, he was assigned to St. Bridget Parish, Newfane, and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Wilson. In 2008, as a result of the Journey in Faith and Grace, the diocesan restructuring initiative, the two parishes merged with St. Charles Borromeo, Olcott, to form St. Brendan on the Lake, Newfane. Deacon Harvey served there until his new appointment took effect.
Deacon Pasquella's appointment, effective April 24, will be at Immaculate Conception Parish, Wellsville. Incardinated into the Diocese of Buffalo in 2005, the New Jersey native's first assignment in the diocese was at St. Lawrence Parish, Buffalo, and at the Erie County Home and Infirmary, Alden. In 2014, he received a new assignment at Our Lady of the Angels, Cuba; St. Patrick, Fillmore; St. Patrick, Belfast; St. Mark Oratory, Rushford; and Cuba Memorial Hospital and Absolute Care of Houghton. Deacon Pasquella was ordained a deacon in the Eastern Orthodox Church in 1996 in Massachusetts and was accepted as a deacon by the Holy See in 2001.
Deacon Pijacki was assigned to St. Benedict Parish, Eggertsville, while continuing ministry of charity at the Cloisters Assisted Living Facility, Warsaw, effective Jan. 21. He retired from teaching religious studies at St. Joseph Collegiate Institute in Kenmore after 39 years, and also served as director of formation for the diaconate for almost 10 years. Deacon Pijacki's parish assignments were at St. Joseph University, Buffalo, and SS. Joachim & Anne, Attica.