Most new assignments will take effect July 1

By Anne Marie Amacher
The Catholic Messenger

Bishop Thomas Zinkula has announced the retirement of three priests, new or additional assignments for 19 priests and the appointment of a new parish life coordinator in the Diocese of Davenport. All but one assignment takes effect July 1.

Effective April 1, Father Nicholas Akindele will be relieved of his assignment as parochial vicar at St. John Vianney Parish-Bettendorf. He remains defender of the bond for the marriage tribunal and parochial vicar at St. Peter Parish-Buffalo and Holy Family and St. Alphonsus parishes-Davenport.

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• Father Charles Adam, will remain pastor of St. Thomas More Parish-Coralville and will become the dean of the Iowa City Deanery.

• Father David Brownfield, 63, pastor of All Saints Parish-Keokuk will also serve as priest moderator at St. Joseph Parish-Montrose.

• Father Bruce DeRammelaere, 57, will serve as pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish-Dav­enport. He attended schools in East Moline, Illinois, and graduated from Southern Illinois University in Car­bondale with de­grees in commercial graphic design and advanced technical studies. Before en­ter­ing the priesthood he worked as an art director. He completed theology studies at St. Meinrad School of Theology in Meinrad, Indiana. On June 10, 2006, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop William Franklin at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport. Father DeRammelaere previously served as parochial vicar at St. Paul the Apostle Parish-Davenport and Ss. John & Paul Parish-Burlington. He was administrator at St. Alphonsus Parish–Mount Pleasant. Since 2013 he has served as administrator, then pastor, at St. John Parish-Houghton and St. James Parish-St. Paul.

• Father Daniel Dorau, 60, will serve as pastor of St. James Parish-St. Paul and St. John Parish-Houghton. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, he attended schools in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He graduated from Loras College in Dubuque with a BA in speech communication and an MS in information and communication science. Prior to the priesthood, he worked in information technology. He completed theology studies at Sacred Heart Seminary in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. He was ordained to the priesthood May 27, 2017, by Bishop Martin Amos at Prince of Peace Church in Clinton. Father Dorau previously served as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Victory Parish-Davenport and since 2018 as parochial vicar at Divine Mercy Parish-Burlington-West Burlington and St. Mary Parish-Dodgeville.

• Father Ross Epping, 30, pastor of St. Mary Parish-Grinnell, will also serve as director of vocations for the Diocese of Dav­enport.

• Father Scott Foley, 35, will serve as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Victory Parish-Davenport. He was born in Iowa City and attended Williamsburg scho­ols. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a BSE in civil engineering and a minor in business. He completed his theology studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Prior to entering the seminary, he worked as an engineer. He also served as an English teacher at Mokpo Catholic University in Mokpo, South Korea, and worked with the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 1, 2019, by Bishop Thomas Zinkula at Sacred Heart Cathedral. He has served as parochial vicar at St. Paul the Apostle Parish-Davenport since 2019.

• Father Jacob Greiner, 38, pastor at Our Lady of Victory Parish-Davenport, will also serve as the director of seminarians for the Diocese of Davenport and priest moderator at St. Andrew Parish-Blue Grass.

• Father Thom Hennen, 41, chaplain of St. Ambrose University-Daven­port and associate director of vocations for the Diocese of Davenport, will also serve as vicar general and consultor for the diocese.

• Father Anthony Herold, 66, will serve as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish-Newton and dean of the Grinnell Deanery. He was born in Fort Madison and attended schools there. He graduated from Northeast Missouri State (now Truman University) and St. Ambrose College in Davenport. He completed his theology studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. On July 14, 1979, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Gerald O’Keefe at St. Mary Church in Fort Madison. Father Herold previously served as an associate pastor at St. Paul Parish-Burlington and St. Mary Parish-Clinton; spiritual director, diocesan vocations director and rector of the former St. Ambrose Seminary; parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish-Iowa City, pastor at St. Patrick Parish-Ottumwa; St. Mary Magdalen Parish-Bloomfield; parochial vicar at St. Mary of the Visitation Parish-Ottumwa; pastoral management for corporate affairs at St. Aloysius Parish-Eldon; pastor of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace Parish-Clinton and administrator at Immaculate Con­ception Parish-Petersville; pastor of Ss. John & Paul Parish-Burlington. He has served as pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish-Davenport since 2012 and as the diocese’s vicar general since 2016.

• Father Rudolph Juarez, 66, will serve as pastor of St. Anthony Parish-Davenport and continue in his role as vicar for Hispanic Ministry. Born in Davenport, he atten­ded St. Ambrose College, the Uni­versity of Iowa and St. Mary University in San Antonio, Texas. He studied theology at Assumption Seminary in San Antonio and the University of Notre Dame’s Moreau Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood July 19, 1980, by Bishop O’Keefe at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Father Juarez previously served in temporary assignments and then as associate pastor of St. Anthony Parish-Davenport; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish-Bettendorf; missionary vicar for Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission-Muscatine; completed graduate studies at Gregorian University in Rome; served as administrator, then pastor of St. Mary Parish-Davenport. He has served as vicar for Hispanic ministry since 1991 and as pastor of St. Patrick Parish-Iowa City since 2004, St. Joseph Parish-West Liberty since 2018 and St. Bernadette Parish-West Branch since 2019.

• Father John Lamansky, 29, will serve as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish-Bettendorf. A native of Brighton, he was homeschooled. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, took advanced studies at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois; and completed theology studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. On June 30, 2018, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Zinkula at Sacred Heart Cathedral. He had been studying at the Pontifical University since ordination.

• Father Apo Mpanda, 61, will serve as pastor of Church of the Visitation Parish-Camanche and Our Lady of the River Parish-LeClaire. A native of the Congo, Africa, he graduated from Philosophate St. Augustine in Kinshasa, Congo. He completed his theology studies at Catholic University in Kinshasa, Congo. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 31, 1988, by Bishop Emery Kabango in the Congo. Father Mpanda served as head teacher/principal of a high school and as a pastor before taking additional studies at the University of London. In the Davenport Diocese he previously served as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Victory Parish-Davenport with additional duties at Sacred Heart Cathedral-Davenport. He was incardinated in the Davenport Diocese in 2000. He served as administrator, then pastor of St. Boniface Parish-Farmington and St. Mary Parish-West Point. Since 2010, he has served as pastor of St. Anthony Parish-Davenport and as canonical pastor at St. Andrew Parish-Blue Grass.

• Father Joseph Phung, 62, pastor of Holy Family Parish-Fort Madison, is relieved of his assignment as pastor of St. Joseph Parish-Montrose.

• Father William Reynolds, 69, will retire from active ministry. A native of Oxford, he graduated from St. Ambrose College and completed his theology studies at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. On June 13, 1981, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Gerald O’Keefe at St. Mary Church-Oxford. He previously served as an associate pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish-Davenport; took advanced studies in Canon Law at the University of St. Thomas in Rome; served as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish-Lost Nation, St. James Parish-Toronto, Sacred Heart Parish-Oxford Junction, St. Mary Parish-Grinnell; administrator of St. Patrick Parish-Brooklyn and St. Bridget Parish-Victor; and sacramental minister of Immaculate Conception Parish-Colfax. He has served as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish-Newton since 2008.

• Father Troy Richmond, 45, will serve as pastor of St. Mary parishes in Oskaloosa and Pella. An Ottumwa native, he graduated from Iowa State University with a BA in music. He studied pre-theology at St. Ambrose University and completed his theological studies at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. He was ordained to the priesthood June 14, 2003, by Bishop William Franklin. Father Richmond previously served as parochial vicar at St. Patrick Parish-Ottumwa; St. Mary of the Visitation Parish-Ottumwa; Ss. Mary & Mathias Parish-Muscatine; St. Joseph Parish-Columbus Junction; St. Mary Parish-Wilton; administrator of Our Lady of Guadalupe-Muscatine; parochial vicar, administrator and then pastor of Ss. Mary & Joseph Parish-Fort Madison, Sacred Heart Parish-Fort Madison and St. Joseph Parish-Montrose. The Fort Madison parishes merged to form Holy Family. He also served as pastor at St. Joseph Parish-Montrose and St. James Parish-Washington. Father Richmond has served as pastor of Ss. Mary & Mathias Parish-Muscatine since 2014 and at St. Joseph Parish-Columbus Junction since 2018.

• Msgr. Drake Shafer, 73, will retire from active ministry. The Davenport native attended St. Joseph College in Edgerton, Wisconsin, and graduated from St. Ambrose College. He completed his theology studies at the American College of Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. On July 28, 1973, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Gerald O’Keefe. He served as an associate pastor at St. Mary Parish-Fort Madison before taking advanced studies in moral theology in Belgium. He previously served as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish-Clinton; on faculty and as chaplain of students of St. Ambrose College/University; vicar general/moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Davenport. He was on leave from 2003-08. Since 2009, Msgr. Shafer has served as pastor of St. Ann Parish-Long Grove.

• Father Joseph Sia, 45, will serve as pastor of St. Patrick Parish-Iowa City, St. Bernadette Parish-West Branch and St. Joseph Parish-West Liberty. In addition, he will serve as the diocese’s director of the newly ordained program. He was born in Manila, Philippines, where he earned a BS in basic medical sciences and then a doctor of medicine from the University of Philippines. Before entering the priesthood, he was a university research associate at the Institute of Human Genetics, University of the Philippines. He served as a graduate research assistant at the University of Iowa. He completed his theology studies at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Ill. He was ordained to the priesthood May 10, 2008, by Bishop Martin Amos at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Father Sia previously served as parochial vicar of Ss. Mary & Mathias Parish-Muscatine; parochial vicar, then pastor, of St. Joseph Parish-Columbus Junction; administrator, then sacramental minister, of St. Joseph Parish-West Liberty. He has served as the diocesan director of vocations and as sacramental minister of St. Mary Parish-Davenport, also serving the Hispanic community there, since 2018.

• Father John Spiegel, 70, will retire from active ministry. The Burlington native graduated from St. Ambrose College, completed theology studies at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and advanced studies at St. John University in Collegeville, Minnesota. On June 26, 1976, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Gerald O’Keefe at St. John the Baptist Church in Burlington. He previously served as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish-Fort Madison; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish-Bettendorf; served on faculty at Assumption High School-Davenport; chaplain of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital-Clinton; pastor of St. John Parish-Houghton and St. James Parish-St. Paul; St. Mary Magdalen Parish-Bloomfield; St. Patrick Parish-Ottumwa; St. Mary of the Visitation Parish-Ottumwa; and St. Mary Parish-Iowa City. He also served as priest moderator at Immaculate Conception Parish-Colfax. He has served as pastor of St. Mary Parish-Pella and St. Mary Parish-Oskaloosa since 2015.

• Father Christopher Weber, 42, will serve as pastor of Ss. Mary & Mathias Parish-Muscatine and St. Joseph Parish-Columbus Junction. He was born in Independence, Iowa, and graduated from Luther College-Decorah with a BA in religion and psychology. He completed his theology studies at St. Paul Seminary-St. Paul, Minnesota. He also received emergency medical technician (basic level) training, a certificate in youth ministry from St. Ambrose University/Center for Ministry Development and graduated from the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute. Prior to entering the seminary, he served as faith formation minister of St. Patrick Parish-Iowa City, director of youth and young adult ministry of Ss. Mary & Mathias Parish-Muscatine and taught English courses at Mokpo Catholic University in South Korea. On June 3, 2017, he was ordained to the priesthood at St. Mathias Church-Muscatine by Bishop Martin Amos. He has served as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish-Bettendorf since ordination.

• Father Joseph Wolf, 51, will serve as pastor of St. Ann Parish-Long Grove. He graduated from St. Ambrose University and undertook theology studies at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. On July 2, 1994, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop William Franklin at Sacred Heart Cathedral. He previously served as parochial vicar of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace Parish-Clinton; St. Alphonsus Parish-Davenport; and sacramental minister of St. Andrew Parish-Blue Grass, St. Peter Parish-Buffalo and St. Mary Parish-Wilton. Father Wolf earned a licentiate and masters in canon law at St. Paul University and the University of Ottawa, both in Canada, before serving in the marriage tribunal of the Diocese of Davenport. He became judicial vicar and vice chancellor for the diocese. He has served Our Lady of the River Parish-LeClaire since 2008, first as administrator and then as pastor, and as pastor of Church of Visitation-Camanche since 2014. He continues to serve as a judge for the tribunal and ecclesiastical notary.

• Father Christopher Young, 59, will serve as parochial vicar of St. Anthony Parish-Davenport. He was born in Fullerton, California, and earned a BS in ag business management from California Polytechnique State University. He earned an MS in agricultural education-international extension and a BA in English from the University of Arizona at Tucson. He undertook theological studies .at the Anglican Church at St. Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California, and Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Nashotah, Wisconsin. He earned an MDiv in 1998. Before joining the Catholic Church, he served on staff at the University of Arizona Library special collections and media center; taught in high schools in California and Arizona; and was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1998. He served in Anglican churches in California, Wisconsin and Illinois. After converting to Catholicism in 2005, he entered a Catholic studies program for former Episcopal priests at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University, East Orange, New Jersey. He was ordained to the priesthood June 7, 2014, by Bishop Martin Amos at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Father Young previously served as parochial vicar, and then parish priest in solidum at St. Alphonsus Parish-Davenport and St. Peter Parish-Buffalo. He taught at Assumption High School-Davenport. He has served as parish priest in solidum, then pastor, of St. Mary Parish-Davenport, since 2015.

• Trevor Pullinger, 33, will serve as parish life coordinator of St. Joseph Parish-Montrose and will continue serving as pastoral associate of All Saints Parish-Keokuk. He graduated from Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois, with degrees in theology and philosophy and completed his master’s in catechesis and evangelization from Franciscan University-Steubenville, Ohio. He has served as director of faith formation and youth ministry at All Saints Parish since 2012 and recently became a pastoral associate.


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