Covid-19 Parish and Liturgical guidelines from the Chancery

5-24-22 Update: COVID protocols for Mass
3-18-22 Revised 2022 COVID-19 Holy Week Directives
11-11-21 Update: Hymnals and Offertory Collection
7-15-21 Bishop Persico's Letter Regarding the Reinstation of the Obligation to Attend Mass (August 15, 2021)
3-13-21 COVID-19 Resource Kit from the Holy See
7-16-20 Update: Outdoor Masses


Recent Chancery communications

Decree promulgating the revised norms for Confirmation
Letter from Bishop Persico regarding Mass in time of war or civil disturbance
Guidelines for Mass in time of war or civil disturbance
Letter from Bishop Persico regarding ad orientum
Decree promulgating law regarding Mass ad orientum
Letter from Office of Worship re Communion Rite
Decree revising Communion Rite

Pastoral Planning


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Clergy Appointment Announcements

Bishop Persico has made the following clergy appointments:

The Reverend Raymond W. Hahn, Parochial Administrator of Holy Rosary Parish and of St. John the Baptist Parish, both in Erie, effective July 6, 2022 until a new pastor is appointed or other provisions are made.

The Very Reverend Matthew J. Kujawinski, VF, Member of the Presbyteral Council by direct appointment, effective July 6, 2022 until June 30, 2024.

The Reverend Jeffrey J. Noble, Vicar Forane (Dean) of the St. Marys Deanery and Member of the Presbyteral Council to complete the terms of the Very Reverend Ross Miceli, effective July 6, 2022 until June 30, 2024.

The Reverend Ian R. McElrath, Chaplain to the traditional Latin Mass communities in the Diocese of Erie, effective July 6, 2022.

The Reverend James P. Power, Sacramental Assistant to the traditional Latin Mass communities in the Diocese of Erie, while continuing as Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Crown, with its mission church of St. Ann in Marienville, effective July 6, 2022.

The Reverend Thomas J. Whitman, Vicar Forane (Dean) of the Sharon Deanery and Member of the Presbyteral Council, to complete the terms of the Very Reverend Matthew Kujawinski, effective July 6, 2022 until June 30, 2024.

The Very Reverend Richard J. Allen, EV, Pastor of St. Bartholomew Parish, Sharpsville, while continuing as Pastor of Notre Dame Parish, Hermitage, effective immediately until July 30, 2028.  The Bishop has accepted the request of Father Allen to conclude his service as Episcopal Vicar of the Western Vicariate, effective July 6, 2022.

The Reverend Christopher M. Barnes, Pastor of St. Titus Parish, Titusville, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2028.

The Reverend William R. Barron, Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Osceola Mills, and St. Agnes Parish, Morrisdale, with its mission church of Ss. Peter and Paul, Hawk Run, with residence in the St. Agnes rectory, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2028.

The Reverend Mister Christopher A. Beran, Deacon Assistant to St. Eulalia Parish, Coudersport, St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish, Port Allegany, and St. Bibiana Parish, Galeton, with its missions which include Sacred Heart Church, Genesee and St. Augustine Church, Austin, with residence in the St. Eulalia rectory, effective July 6, 2022, until June 30, 2023.

The Reverend Andrew M. Boyd, Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Mercer, including its secondary church, St. Hermenegild Church, Pardoe, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2028.

The Reverend James C. Campbell, Pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Franklin, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2028.

The Reverend Benjamin J. Daghir, Parochial Vicar pro tempore of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, DuBois, effective immediately until July 6, 2022; Parochial Vicar of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, DuBois, St. Michael the Archangel Parish, DuBois, St. Bernard Parish, Falls Creek, St. Mary Parish, Reynoldsville, and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Sykesville, with residence in St. Catherine rectory, and part-time faculty member of DuBois Central Catholic School effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2025.

The Reverend Michael G. DeMartinis, Full-time Faculty Member of Cathedral Prep, effective July 6, 2022 until June 30, 2027.

The Reverend John J. Detisch, Pastor of St. Tobias Parish, Brockway, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2028.

The Reverend Joseph V. Dougherty, Senior Associate of St. Eulalia Parish, Coudersport, St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish, Port Allegany, and St. Bibiana Parish, Galeton, with its mission churches of Sacred Heart, Genesee, and St. Augustine, Austin, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2028.

The Reverend Jason R. Feigh, Chaplain of Cathedral Prep, while continuing as Pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish, McKean, effective July 6, 2022 until June 30, 2027.

The Reverend V. David Foradori, Episcopal Vicar of the Western Vicariate, while continuing as Pastor of Beloved Disciple Parish, Grove City, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2028.

The Reverend Nicholas J. Fratus, Parochial Vicar pro tempore of St. Gregory Thaumaturgus Parish, North East, effective immediately until July 6, 2022; Parochial Vicar of St. George Parish, Erie, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2025.

The Reverend Daniel R. Hoffman, Pastor of St. Eulalia Parish, Coudersport, St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish, Port Allegany, and St. Bibiana Parish, Galeton, with its mission churches of Sacred Heart, Genesee and St. Augustine, Austin, with residence in the St. Eulalia rectory, while continuing as Judge in the Matrimonial Tribunal, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2028.

The Reverend Mark A. Hoffman, Pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Edinboro, with sacramental ministry to the students at Pennsylvania Western University – Edinboro Campus, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2028.

The Reverend Kevin O. Holland, Pastor of St. Boniface Parish, Kersey, while continuing campus ministry at Elk County Catholic School, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2028.

The Very Reverend Robert Horgas, VF, Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Clearfield, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2028.

The Reverend John B. Jacquel, Pastor of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, Bradford, and St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Bradford, including the mission church of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Lewis Run, with residence in the St. Bernard rectory, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2028.

The Reverend Brandon M. Kleckner, Pastor of St. Michael Parish, Greenville, with its mission church of St. Margaret, Jamestown, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2028.

The Very Reverend Matthew J. Kujawinski, VF, Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Erie, while continuing as Administrator of the Office for Divine Worship, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2028.

The Reverend Ian R. McElrath, Chaplain of Mercyhurst Preparatory School and Chaplain to Campus Ministry at Penn State Behrend, with residence at Our Lady of Mount Carmel rectory, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2025.

The Very Reverend Ross R. Miceli, VF, Pastor of St. Jude the Apostle Parish, Erie, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2028.

The Reverend Mister Cory L. Pius, Deacon Assistant at St. Peter Cathedral Parish, Erie, effective immediately until June 30, 2023.

The Reverend Monsignor Richard R. Siefer, EV, Pastor of St. Bernard Parish, Falls Creek, St. Mary Parish, Reynoldsville, and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Sykesville, while continuing as Pastor of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Michael the Archangel parishes, DuBois, and as Episcopal Vicar of the Eastern Vicariate, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2028.

The Reverend Marc J. Solomon, Pastor of St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish, Albion, with its mission church of St. Philip, Crossingville, and Chaplaincy Ministry at the State Correctional Institution, Albion, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2028.

The Reverend Edward J. Walk, Senior Associate of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, DuBois, St. Michael the Archangel Parish, DuBois, St. Bernard Parish, Falls Creek, St. Mary Parish, Reynoldsville, and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Sykesville, with residence at Assumption rectory, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2025.

The Reverend Christopher A. Wheeler, Parochial Vicar pro tempore of Our Lady of Peace Parish, Erie, effective immediately until July 6, 2022; Parochial Vicar of St. Eulalia Parish, Coudersport, St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish, Port Allegany, and St. Bibiana Parish, Galeton, with its mission churches of Sacred Heart, Genesee, and St. Augustine, Austin, with residence at St. Eulalia rectory, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2025.

The Reverend David A. Whiteford, Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Peace Parish, effective July 6, 2022 until July 30, 2025.

The Reverend Stanley J. Swacha, reappointed to Chaplaincy Ministry at St. John XXIII Home, Hermitage, effective June 25, 2022 until July 30, 2027.

The Reverend Raymond C. Gramata, Retired, effective July 6, 2022.

The Reverend Raymond W. Hahn, Retired, effective July 6, 2022.

The Reverend Monsignor Charles A. Kaza, Retired, effective July 6, 2022.

The Reverend Walter E. Packard, Senior Associate at St. Luke Parish, Erie, with residence in St. Luke rectory, effective July 6, 2022.

The Reverend Scott W. Jabo, Rector of St. Mark Seminary, Erie, and Director of Seminarians, while continuing as Vocation Director for priestly vocations, effective July 1, 2022 until June 30, 2027, or until the diocesan Bishop determines otherwise.

The Very Reverend Michael T. Kesicki, full-time priestly ministry at Gannon University, including continuing as University Chaplain, with residence at St. Peter Cathedral rectory, effective July 1, 2022 until June 30, 2027.

The Reverend David M. Renne, Vice-Rector of St. Mark Seminary, Erie, and member of the faculty of Gannon University, Erie, effective July 1, 2022 until June 30, 2027, or until the diocesan Bishop determines otherwise.

The Very Reverend Richard C. Tomasone, Vicar Forane (Dean) of the Bradford Deanery and member of the Presbyteral Council, to complete the term of the Reverend Vincent Cieslewicz, effective immediately until June 30, 2024.

The Reverend Matias Quimno, reappointed to Chaplaincy Ministry at Christ the King Manor, DuBois, effective April 7, 2022 until July 30, 2027.

The Reverend Monsignor John J. Herbein, retired effective April 25, 2022.

The Very Reverend Michael P. Ferrick, V.F., Parochial Administrator of St. Lawrence Parish, Albion, with its mission, St. Philip Church, Crossingville, while remaining Rector of St. Peter Cathedral Parish, Erie, and Vicar Forane of the West Erie Deanery, effective immediately (April 25, 2022) and until a new pastor is appointed or other provisions are made.

The Very Reverend B. LaMounte Sayers, V.F.,
Parochial Administrator of St. Patrick Parish, Franklin, while remaining Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Clarion, and Vicar Forane of the Oil City Deanery, effective April 25, 2022 and until a new pastor is appointed or other provisions are made.

Deacon Richard P. O’Polka,
Temporal Administrator of St. Patrick Parish, Franklin, while remaining Deacon Assistant of that same parish, effective April 25, 2022 and until the appointment of a new pastor or until other provisions are made.

Deacon Thomas McAraw
, Director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate (Director of Deacons), while continuing as Deacon Assistant at All Saints Parish, Waterford, and as Spiritual Director of the Erie Diocesan Cursillo Movement, effective February 14, 2022 until June 30, 2027.

The Very Reverend Richard J. Allen, EV, Parochial Administrator of St. Bartholomew Parish, Sharpsville, while continuing as Pastor of Notre Dame Parish, Hermitage, and as Episcopal Vicar of the Western Vicariate, effective November 22, 2021 until July 30, 2022.

Deacon Denis Coan, Administrator of Temporal Affairs of St. Stephen of Hungary Parish, Erie, while remaining Deacon Assistant at St. John the Baptist Parish, Erie, effective immediately until December 31, 2022.

The Reverend Matthew J. Strickenberger, Pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Corry and of St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Union City, including its mission of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Canadohta Lake, effective November 22 until July 30, 2027.

Deacon G. Franklin Hannah, Vice-Chancellor of the Diocese of Erie, and designated Ecclesiastical Notary and Secretary of the Curia, while continuing as Deacon Assistant at Notre Dame Parish, Hermitage, effective October 18, 2021.

The Very Reverend Marc A. Stockton, Parochial Administrator of St. Thomas Parish, Corry, and St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Union City, including its mission of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Union City, while remaining Pastor of St. Boniface Parish, Erie, as well as Judicial Vicar, effective October 1, 2021.

The Reverend Marc J. Solomon, Sacramental Assistant to the Oil City Deanery, pro tempore, with residence at St. Joseph Rectory, Oil City, effective immediately (Oct. 5, 2021).

The Reverend V. David Foradori, Chaplain to the State Correctional Institution at Mercer, while remaining Pastor of Beloved Disciple Parish, Grove City, effective immediately (Sept. 28, 2021) until June 30, 2026.

The Reverend Jeffrey J. Lucas, Pastor of St. Hippolyte Parish, Frenchtown, and its mission Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Cochranton, while remaining Pastor of The Epiphany of the Lord Parish, Meadville, effective immediately (Sept. 28, 2021) until July 30, 2027.

The Reverend Mark A. Hoffman, Chaplain of the Penn State Behrend campus, Erie, while remaining Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Peace Parish, effective immediately (August 30, 2021) until June 30, 2022.

The Reverend Zab Amar, Pastor of St. Basil the Great Parish, Coalport, including its secondary mission Holy Trinity Church, Ramey, effective August 1, 2021 until July 30, 2027.

The Very Reverend Robert Horgas, VF, Pastor of St. Agnes Parish, Morrisdale, with its secondary mission Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Hawk Run, and of Immaculate Conception Parish, Osceola Mills, effective August 1, 2021 until July 30, 2027.

The Reverend Lawrence R. Richards, Pastor of St. Joseph Parish and Bread of Life Community, Erie, effective August 1, 2021 until July 30, 2027.

The Very Reverend Richard J. Allen, EV, Chaplain to the Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools, while remaining Pastor of Notre Dame Parish, Hermitage, and Episcopal Vicar of the Western Vicariate, effective immediately (August 9, 2021) until June 30, 2022.

Deacon Edward R. Horneman, Deacon Assistant of The Epiphany of the Lord Parish, Meadville, Pennsylvania, effective July 13, 2021 until June 30, 2024.

Deacon Kenneth J. Reisenweber, Deacon Assistant of The Epiphany of the Lord Parish, Meadville, Pennsylvania, effective July 13, 2021 until June 30, 2024.

Deacon Todd A. Sommers, Deacon Assistant of The Epiphany of the Lord Parish, Meadville, Pennsylvania, effective July 13, 2021 until June 30, 2024.

The Reverend Thomas Curry, O.S.B., Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, St. Marys, Pennsylvania, effective July 26, 2021 until June 30, 2027.

The Reverend William E. Sutherland, part-time Chaplain of Nightingale Nursing and Rehab Center, Erie, effective July 1, 2021 until June 30, 2024.

The Reverend Jeffrey J. Lucas, Pastor of The Epiphany of the Lord Parish, Meadville, with residence at St. Agatha Rectory, effective June 26, 2021 until June 30, 2027.

The Reverend Andrew M. Boyd, Parochial Vicar at St. George Parish, Erie, effective June 28, 2021 until June 30, 2024.

The Reverend Ian R. McElrath, Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Parish/Bread of Life Community, Erie, part-time Faculty and Sacramental Assistant at Mercyhurst Preparatory School, and Sacramental Assistant to the Extraordinary Form Mass communities, effective June 28, 2021 until June 30, 2024.

The Reverend Joseph A. Petrone, Parochial Vicar at The Epiphany of the Lord Parish, Meadville, effective June 28, 2021 until June 30, 2024.

The Reverend Johnathan P. Schmolt, Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Parish, Oil City, effective June 28, 2021 until June 30, 2024, while continuing as Parochial Administrator of St. Michael Parish, Emlenton, and the Bishop’s Liaison to the Catholic Charismatic Community.

The Reverend Mark A. Hoffman, Parochial Vicar pro tempore at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Erie, extended from June 30, 2021 until June 30, 2022.