June 9, 2014
Following are recent and upcoming appointments of priests in the Edmonton Archdiocese. The appointments take effect Aug. 13, unless otherwise indicated.


Annunciation Parish: Salesian Father John Mariapragasam, pastor.

St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Catholic Community (located at St. Edmund Parish): Father John Kudiyiruppil Ulahannana Missionary of St. Thomas, administrator (Jan. 1).

St. Alphonsus Parish and St. Clare Parish: Basilian Father John Gallagher, associate pastor (Jan. 15).

St. Andrew Parish: Salesian Father Antony Fernando, pastor; Immaculate Conception Father Silvichan Marattil Dominic, associate pastor.

St. Charles Parish: Oblate Father Edward McSheffrey, associate pastor (Jan. 1).

St. Emeric Parish: Father Tesfu Kelati, pastor (June 15).

St. John the Evangelist Parish: Immaculate Conception Father Shimit Abraham, associate pastor (April 2).

St. Joseph Basilica: Father Kristopher Schmidt, associate pastor.

Paroisse Saint Thomas d'Aquin: Priest from the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception (CFIC)


Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Jasper: Father Miroslaw Kostarzewski, pastor.

Holy Family Parish, St. Albert: Father Peter Ebidero, associate pastor.

St. Albert Parish, St. Albert: Oblate Father Ignacy Warias, pastor (Aug. 17).

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Sherwood Park, Tofield: Pallotine Father Antony Cruz Michael, associate pastor (March 10).

Holy Trinity Parish, Spruce Grove: Pallotine Father Arun Rodrigues, associate pastor.

St. Peter Parish, Villeneuve, Calahoo, Mearns, Riviere-Qui-Barre: Father Miguel Irizar, pastor.


Immaculate Conception Father Shimit Abraham, part-time priest chaplain at the Misericordia Hospital & Cross Cancer Institute (May 12).

Father Victor Botari, pastor of St. Peter Parish, Villeneuve, and attached parishes, will cease full-time parish ministry due to health limitations and will be available to offer priestly ministry when needed.

Father Dean Dowle, adjunct judicial vicar of the Alberta Regional Tribunal.

Franciscan Father Pierre Ducharme, part-time priest chaplain at the University of Alberta Hospital & Grey Nuns Hospital (May 12).


Father Raymond Guimond, priest chaplain at Grey Nuns Hospital, St. Joseph Auxiliary Hospital, Cross Cancer Institute, retires from active ministry (May 12).

Father Matthias Lugowski, pastor of St. Emeric Parish, retires from active ministry (April 27).


Spiritan Father Ayodele Ayeni, administrator of St. Andrew Parish, Edmonton, is being re-assigned by his religious congregation (Feb. 26).

Father Wigburg Clifford Fernando, current pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Jasper, returns to his home diocese.

Father Martin Pasala, current pastor of Annunciation Parish in Edmonton, returns to his home diocese.

Salvatorian Father Krzysztof Sobanski, pastor of Paroisse Saint Thomas d'Aquin, is being re-assigned by his religious congregation.