Diocese reassigns parish leadership
By Scott Bellile
Catholics will soon notice fresh leadership when they attend mass at three local churches.
The Chancery office of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay reassigned leadership roles at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in the town of Lebanon, SS Peter and Paul Catholic Community in Hortonville and St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Greenville.
St. Patrick’s, Lebanon
Rev. John Kleinschmidt, administrator and priest at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in New London, takes over as administrator of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Kleinschmidt will begin his role on July 1 while remaining administrator of MPB. He will succeed Rev. Thomas Long.
Long was appointed temporary administrator after the death of Monsignor Dennis Lally. Lally, 77, died last July during a medical leave from St. Patrick’s.
Long leaves St. Patrick’s to serve as pastor of St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Oshkosh. He will in addition serve at two other churches as priest moderator and priest celebrant: St. Mary Parish in Omro and St. Mary Parish in Winneconne.
Serving as priest celebrant at St. Patrick’s will be the Rev. Theodore Lewandowski. He will begin leading masses on June 30.
A note for those who have not attended mass at St. Patrick’s lately: Last November the church reduced its weekend mass schedule to one Saturday mass at 7 p.m. and one Sunday mass at 10 a.m.
SS Peter and Paul, Hortonville
Monsignor James Feely, priest celebrant at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Community in Hortonville, is departing effective July 14.
Feely was appointed priest celebrant of three Green Bay churches: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, SS Peter and Paul Parish and St. Mary of the Angels Parish.
Rev. James Lucas concludes his service as priest moderator at SS Peter and Paul in Hortonville effective June 30. He will continue to serve as pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Appleton.
Taking over for both Feely and Lucas in Hortonville will be Rev. James Jugenheimer.
Jugenheimer was appointed priest celebrant and priest moderator effective July 1. He will additionally serve as pastor at St. Pius X Parish in Appleton.
Jugenheimer concludes three appointments to come to Hortonville and Appleton: Pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Oshkosh, and priest moderator of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Poy Sippi and St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Redgranite.
Greg Layton, who remains pastoral leader at SS Peter and Paul, told the Press Star he has not yet met with the new priests but will share more information on the transition after he talks with them.
St. Mary Parish, Greenville
Rev. Dane Radecki O. Praem wraps up his role as temporary administrator of St. Mary Parish in Greenville on June 30.
Radecki leaves to become pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Bay Settlement.
Beginning in his place as administrator of St. Mary Parish on July 1 is Rev. Michael Warden.
In coming to Greenville, Warden ends his appointments as parochial vicar of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Manitowoc and priest celebrant of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community in Newton.
“I am just very happy to be serving in the Fox Valley for the first time and looking forward to getting to know the people of Greenville,” Warden told the Press Star.