News: New Priest Assignments Announced
May 3, 2020
Bishop William Joensen has made the following priest assignments effective July 9.
Monsignor Frank Chiodo, Pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Des Moines, assignment extended until July 2024.
Father James Downey, from studies in Rome, to Parochial Vicar, Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Parish, Ankeny and St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, Ankeny.
Father John Frost, from Pastor, St. Michael Church, Harlan, to Pastor, St. Mary of Nazareth Parish, Des Moines.
Father Enrique Garcia-Elizalde, from Instructor, Conception Seminary College, Conception, MO., to Parochial Vicar, Corpus Christi Parish, Council Bluffs.
Father Daniel Gehler while remaining Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Earling and St. Peter Parish, Defiance, to Pastor, St. Michael Parish, Harlan, and Canonical Administrator of Shelby County Catholic School.
Father Robert Harris, Pastor of All Saints Parish in Des Moines, assignment extended until July 2024.
Father Charles Kottas, Pastor of St. Peter Parish in Council Bluffs and Canonical Administrator of St. Albert Catholic School, assignment extended through July 2021.
Father Gregory Leach, from Pastor, St. Mary of Nazareth, to retirement.
Deacon Dennis Lovell, while remaining Deacon at St. Anne Parish, Logan, assigned Director of Parish Life, Holy Family Parish, Mondamin.
Father Sylvester Omon Okoh, from Chaplain CHI/Mercy Hospital, Council Bluffs, to Canonical Administrator of St. Patrick Parish, Neola, and St. Columbanus Parish, Weston.
Father Augustine Clement Owusu, from Chaplain, St. Albert Catholic School, to Parochial Vicar of St. Michael Parish, Harlan, St. Joseph Parish, Earling and St. Peter Parish, Defiance.
Father Michael Peters, from Pastor, St. Patrick Church, Corning, and St. Patrick Church, Lenox, to retirement.
Father Litto Thomas from Parochial Vicar, Corpus Christi Parish, Council Bluffs, to Canonical Administrator of St. Patrick Parish, Corning, and St. Patrick Parish, Lenox,