BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – If you attended a Catholic Mass over the weekend, you probably heard that some pastors are retiring or moving to another church in the diocese.

Over the weekend, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge announced these changes in a document.

Bishop Michael Duca along with the Clergy Personnel Board made the changes listed below:

Retirement of Pastors:

  • Father Phil Spano, currently Pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament in Baton Rouge, will retire from active parish administration.
  • Father Miles Walsh, currently Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus in Baton Rouge, will retire from active parish administration.

Leave of Absence:

  • Father Joseph Vu, currently Pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary in St. Amant, has requested a leave of absence from active ministry, and Bishop Duca has granted this request effective 01 July 2022.

Reassignment of Religious Clergy:

As was previously announced, the priests and deacons of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) stationed in Hammond have been reassigned by their Superior to other ministries outside of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. We are grateful for the ministry of these priests and deacons including Father Roberto Merced, OP, currently Pastor of Holy Ghost in Hammond, Father Cayet Mangiaracina, OP, currently Parochial Vicar of Holy Ghost in Hammond, Father Michael O’Rourke, OP, currently Chaplain of St. Albert the Great Student Center in Hammond, and Deacon Mauricio Salazar, OP, currently Deacon Assistant at Holy Ghost in Hammond. Their service will end on 30 June 2022.

Pastor Appointments:

  • Father David Dawson, currently Parochial Vicar of St. George in Baton Rouge, is appointed Pastor of St. Frances Cabrini in Livonia, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Maringouin, and St. Joseph in Grosse Tete.
  • Father Arun John, IMS, currently Administrator of St. Frances Cabrini in Livonia, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Maringouin, and St. Joseph in Grosse Tete, is appointed Pastor of St. John the Baptist in Brusly.
  • Father Joshua Johnson, currently Parochial Vicar of Christ the King at LSU in Baton Rouge, is appointed Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus in Baton Rouge. Father Johnson will retain his diocesan assignment as Vocations Director.
  • Father C. Todd Lloyd, currently Pastor of Immaculate Conception in Lakeland, is appointed Pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament in Baton Rouge.
  • Father Matthew Lorrain, currently Pastor of St. John the Baptist in Brusly, is appointed Pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in St. Amant.
  • Father Amrit Raj, IMS, currently Parochial Vicar of St. Frances Cabrini in Livonia, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Maringouin, and St. Joseph in Grosse Tete, is appointed Pastor of Immaculate Conception in Lakeland.
  • Father Tomi Thomas, IMS, currently Administrator of St. Jules in Belle Rose and St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Paincourtville, is appointed Pastor of these same communities.

Administrator Appointments:

Father Jamin David, currently Pastor of St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland in Albany, is appointed Administrator of Holy Ghost in Hammond and St. Albert the Great Student Center in Hammond. He will retain his appointment as Pastor of St. Margaret in Albany and his several diocesan responsibilities including his service as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia. He will be relieved of his responsibilities as Director of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate.

Parochial Vicar Appointments:

  • Father Bernard Banares, a priest of the Diocese of Legazpi in the Philippines, is appointed as Parochial Vicar of St. George in Baton Rouge. (This assignment date is effective pending the processing of his religious visa.)
  • Father Mathew Dunn, currently Parochial Vicar of St. John the Evangelist in Prairieville, is appointed as Parochial Vicar of Holy Ghost in Hammond.
  • Father Tim Grimes, currently Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph the Worker Church in Pierre Part, is appointed as Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart of Jesus in Baton Rouge.
  • Father Charbel Jamhoury, a priest of the Lebanese Maronite Order, is appointed as Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Mercy in Baton Rouge. (This assignment date is effective pending the processing of his religious visa.)

The rest of the changes made by the diocese can be found here.