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2023 Clergy Pastoral Appointments

2023 Clergy Pastoral Appointments

Date posted on March 31, 2023

The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, OMI, Bishop of Hamilton, announces the following clergy appointments effective, Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at twelve o’clock noon, unless otherwise noted.


Father Pablito Labado Retires as Chaplain, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Hamilton
Father Edward Mahony Retires as Pastor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Freelton
Father William Trusz Retires as Pastor, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Stoney Creek
Father Murray McDermott, CR Retires as Pastor, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Kitchener (Dec. 31, 2023)
Father Fernando F. Pinto, CSSp Retires as Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Oakville



Father David Avila St. Joseph Parish, Oakville
Father Deaha (John) Kim St. Peter Yu Parish, Hamilton (August 18, 2023)
Father Stefano Lee St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Kitchener
Father Patras Samuel Masih St. Mary Parish – Paroquia de Santa Maria, Hamilton
Father Andrew Quarshie Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Stoney Creek
Father David Reitzel St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Owen Sound – serving St. Stanislaus Mission, Chatsworth; St. Mark Mission, Lions Head; St. Vincent Mission, Meaford; St. Thomas Mission, Tobermorey; St. Thomas Mission, Wiarton; St. Mary Mission, Hepworth; and Holy Family Mission, Sauble Beach
Father Hayden Starczala St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Elora and St. Martin of Tours Parish, Drayton (April 12, 2023)
Father Arpee Urquico Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Freelton
Father John HyunJik Yang St. Paul Chung Parish, Kitchener
Father Marian Gil, OMI St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Hamilton
Father Veselko Kvesić, OFM Holy Family Parish, Kitchener (May 1, 2023)
Father Adam Wroblewicz, CR St. Margaret Mary Parish, Hamilton



Father Gregory Merkley Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Stoney Creek
Father Kevin Upendran St. Eugene Parish and St. John the Baptist Parish, Hamilton


Associate Pastors

Father Martin King Gregory St. Joseph Parish, Hamilton
Father Fernand Pierre St. John the Baptist Parish, Burlington (March 1, 2023)
Father Peter Robinson St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Hamilton
Father Rijo Jose, CMI Mary Mother of God Parish, Oakville
Father Nishil Varghese, CMI Holy Rosary Parish, Milton



Father Adrian Lee School Sisters of Notre Dame Motherhouse, Hamilton



Father Livinus Okamgba Sacred Heart Parish, Paris (In residence, April 2023)

We thank Father Wojciech Kuzma, Father Emmanuel Olusola (April 12, 2023), Father Fidelis Umukoro, OP (March 16, 2023), Father Jungheon (Francisco) Kwak and Father Kiwook Kim, who will be leaving the Diocese after a number of years of service.

We thank the Congregation of the Resurrection who are leaving St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Hamilton, after many long years of service. We thank especially Father Michal Kruszewski, CR, who has served as Pastor for many years and the most recent Associate Pastor, Father Rafal Golina, CR, for their service.

Please pray for God’s blessing upon these new appointments.

Sincerely in Christ and Mary Immaculate,

(Most Rev.) Douglas Crosby, OMI
Bishop of Hamilton

Very Rev. Msgr. Murray Kroetsch, VG, PH