Bishop Mark Hagemoen announces pastoral appointments

St. Denis Parish and the Trinity Pastoral Region are among the parish communities in our diocese who will be welcoming new pastors as clergy assignments and changes take effect Aug. 1, 2019.

By Kiply Lukan Yaworski   

[Catholic Saskatoon News] – Bishop Mark Hagemoen announced a number of pastoral appointments, moves, and reassignments in a memo sent to parishes June 5, 2019, with most taking effect on Aug. 1, 2019.

The message from the Bishop noted that “There are a few outstanding assignments to be announced in the near future.”

In his message to the diocese June 5, Bishop Hagemoen said: “I take this opportunity to thank all of these priests for their ministry in our diocese and we pray for God’s blessings on their priesthood as they move forward to new assignments or retirement. Please offer a warm welcome to the priests joining our diocese as you have an opportunity to meet them and remember all in your prayers.”

Click here to read the complete message: +MHagemoen Appointments 2019


Fr. Peter Olisa

Fr. Peter Olisa will serve as Pastor at St. Anne, Watrous, SK; St. Pius X, Imperial, SK; and St. Patrick, Young, SK.  Fr. Peter Olisa has been serving as Associate Pastor at St. Augustine parish in Humboldt, SK.



Fr. Emile April

Fr. Emile April will serve as Pastor at the Trinity Parishes of Saints Donation et Rogatien, Prud’homme, SK; St. Denis, St. Denis, SK; and St. Philippe Neri, Vonda, SK.  Fr. April retired as Pastor of St. Philip Neri, Saskatoon in 2017.


Fr. Santhosh Thekkekulam, VC

Fr. Santhosh Thekkekulam, VC, will serve as Pastor at St. James, Wilkie, SK; Our Lady of the Assumption (St. Mary), Handel, SK; and St. Paschal, Leipzig, SK.  Fr. Santhosh is from Marymatha Provincial House in India. Fr. Santhosh has been ordained for 11 years.  (Arrival and start date to be confirmed).


Fr. Hoang Nguyen

Fr. Hoang Nguyen will serve as Pastor at St. Joseph, Saskatoon; St. Francis Xavier, Saskatoon; and for the Vietnamese community in Saskatoon.  Fr. Hoang has been serving the Fox Valley cluster of parishes at Fox Valley, Burstall, and Richmound.


Fr. David Tumback

Fr. David Tumback will serve as Pastor at St. Patrick, Saskatoon.  Fr. David has been on a one-year sabbatical after serving at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon for 12 years.


Fr. Geoffrey Young

Fr. Geoffrey Young will serve as Pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes, Saskatoon.  Fr. Geoffrey is returning from studies in Rome.


Fr. Francis Appiah-Kubi

Fr. Francis Appiah-Kubi will serve as Pastor at St. Mary, Fox Valley, SK; St. Michael, Burstall, SK; and St. Mary, Richmound, SK.  Fr. Francis is from the diocese of Kumasi, Ghana.


Fr. Mick Fleming, CSsR

Fr. Mick Fleming, CSsR, will serve as Pastor at St. Mary, Saskatoon.  Fr. Mick has been in the formation house for Redemptorists in San Antonio, Texas for the past two years, and prior to that had served at St. Mary, Saskatoon, as Associate Pastor for five years.


Fr. Prosper Abotsi

Fr. Prosper Abotsi will serve as Associate Pastor at St. Augustine, Humboldt, SK; St. Scholastica, Burr, SK; Holy Trinity, Pilger, SK; and Assumption of our Lady, Marysburg, SK.  Fr. Prosper is from the diocese of Jasikan, Ghana.


Fr. Phong Pham

Fr. Phong Pham will serve as Chaplain at St. George’s Chapel, CFB, Dundurn, SK.  Fr. Phong has served at Our Lady of Lourdes, Saskatoon.

Special Assignments

Fr. Richmond Diala

Fr. Richmond Diala will serve as Pastor in the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas, Athabasca Region, including at Our Lady of the Cape, Black Lake, SK; Our Lady of Sorrows, Fond Du Lac, SK; and Our Lady of Good Counsel, Stony Rapids, SK.  Fr. Richmond has been serving as Associate Pastor at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral as well as in Hospital Chaplaincy.

Seminarian Update

Van Tam (Luke) Tran, seminarian

Van Tam (Luke) Tran will be entering his second year of seminary at Christ the King Seminary in Mission, BC this fall.  He is currently living at St. Michael’s parish in Cudworth. Please join us in remembering in prayer Luke and all those considering entering the seminary to discern priesthood.

Clergy Updates

Fr. Richard Meidl, OSB

Fr. Richard Meidl, OSB, will be returning to St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster.  He has been serving as Pastor in Watrous, SK; Imperial, SK; and Young, SK.


Fr. Lawrence DeMong, OSB

Fr. Lawrence DeMong, OSB, will be returning to St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster.  He has been serving in the Archdiocese of Keewatin Le-Pas as Pastor at Southend, SK, and La Ronge, SK.


Fr. Steve Morrisey, CSsR

Fr. Stephen Morrisey, CSsR, will be receiving a new assignment outside of the Diocese of Saskatoon.  He has been serving as Pastor of the Trinity parish cluster of Prud’homme, Vonda, and St. Denis, and in prison chaplaincy.


Fr. Nestor Gregoire, OMI

Fr. Nestor Gregoire, OMI, will be receiving an assignment in the Archdiocese of Regina. He has been serving as Pastor of St. Joseph, Saskatoon and St. Francis Xavier, Saskatoon.


Fr. George Chatholil, VC 

Fr. George Chatholil, VC, will be returning to the Vincentian community in India. He has been serving as Pastor at Wilkie, SK; Handel, SK; and Leipzig, SK.

Fr. Gerard Cooper

Fr. Gerard Cooper will be taking a sabbatical.  He has been serving as Pastor of St. Patrick, Saskatoon.


Fr. Denis Phaneuf

Fr. Denis Phaneuf will be retiring.  He has been serving as Chaplain at CFB Dundurn, SK.


Fr. Ciro Perez, CSsR

Fr. Ciro Perez, CSsR, will be receiving a new assignment outside of the Diocese of Saskatoon.  He has been serving as Pastor at St. Mary, Saskatoon.


Deacon Kris Ringwall recently moved to Saskatoon  from the Diocese of Bismark, North Dakota, USA, and will be working at the University of Saskatchewan.