Covid-19 Parish and Liturgical guidelines from the Chancery

5-24-22 Update: COVID protocols for Mass

Recent Chancery communications

Letter to Pastors Regarding Faith Formation Changes, with norms September 2022
Eucharistic Revivial Letter from Bishop Persico July 2022
Diocesan Eucharistic Day Details
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 orientem
Decree promulgating law regarding Mass ad orientem

Pastoral Planning


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Clergy Appointment Announcements

Bishop Persico has made the following clergy appointments:

The Reverend Monsignor Henry A. Kriegel, retired, effective November 1, 2022.

The Reverend Michael G. DeMartinis, Pastor of Patrick Parish, Erie, while continuing as faculty member of Cathedral Preparatory School, effective November 1, 2022 until July 31, 2028.

The Reverend Andrew M. Boyd, Chaplain to the State Correctional Institution at Mercer, while continuing as Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Mercer, effective immediately (October 31, 2022) until June 30, 2028.

The Reverend Matthew J. Kujawinski, Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Erie, while continuing as Administrator of the Office of Divine Worship, and an appointed member of the Presbyteral Council and College of Consultors, effective October 18, 2022 until July 31, 2028.

The Reverend Monsignor Edward M. Lohse, Pastor of St. Julia Parish, Erie, while continuing as Vicar General and all other assignments remaining unchanged, effective October 18, 2022, until July 31, 2028.

The Very Reverend Nicholas J. Rouch, Parochial Administrator pro tempore of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Erie, while continuing as Episcopal Vicar for Clergy, effective October 18, 2022 until the appointment of a new pastor.

The Reverend Monsignor Bruce R. Allison, retired, effective October 18, 2022.

Deacon Paul J. Barko, Temporal Administrator pro tempore of Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Harborcreek, while continuing as Deacon Assistant at that parish, effective August 5, 2022 until the appointment of a new pastor.

The Reverend Thomas N. Trocchio, Parochial Administrator pro tempore of Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Harborcreek, while continuing as Pastor of St. Mark the Evangelist Parish, Lawrence Park, and Mount Calvary Parish, Erie, effective August 5, 2022 until the appointment of a new pastor.

The Reverend William R. Barron, Parochial Administrator pro tempore of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Frenchville, with its mission churches of Ss. Peter and Paul, Grassflat, and St. Severin, Drifting, while continuing as Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Osceola Mills, and St. Agnes Parish, Morrisdale, with its mission church of Ss Peter and Paul, Hawk Run, effective August 1, 2022 through February 1, 2023.

Deacon Kevin Kunik, Coordinator of Pastoral Formation for the Diaconal Formation Program, while continuing as Deacon Assistant at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Erie, effective immediately (August 1, 2022) for a term of six years.

The Reverend Mark A. O’Hern, Director of Spiritual Formation for the Diaconal Formation Program, while continuing as Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Andrew and St. Paul parishes, effective immediately (August 1, 2022) for a term of six years.

Deacon Richard D. Shewman, JCL, Co-Director of the Diaconal Formation Program, while continuing as Deacon Assistant of St. Luke Parish, Erie, and as Judge in the Office of Matrimonial Concerns and the Tribunal, effective immediately (August 1, 2022) for a term of six years.

Deacon Raymond J. Sobina, Co-Director of the Diaconal Formation Program, while continuing as Deacon Assistant at St. Peter Cathedral Parish, Erie, and as Assistant Master of Ceremonies to the Bishop, effective immediately (August 1, 2022) for a term of six years.

The Reverend Dave A. Perry, Pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Frenchville, with its secondary mission churches of St. Severin, Drifting, and Ss. Peter and Paul, Grassflat, requested and was granted, by Bishop Lawrence Persico, a six-month leave of absence for personal reasons, effective August 1, 2022.

Deacon Robert L. Ball, retired effective July 18, 2022.

Deacon Paul C. Bauman, retired effective July 18, 2022.

The Reverend David Baetzold, Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish and St. John the Baptist Parish, both in Erie, with residence in the Holy Rosary Rectory, effective August 1, 2022 until June 12, 2025.

After presentation by Archabbot Martin Bartel, O.S.B., The Reverend Thomas More Sikora, O.S.B., Pastor of St. Mary Parish, St. Marys, with residence in the priory, effective July 20, 2022 until July 30, 2028.

After presentation by Archabbot Martin Bartel, O.S.B., The Reverend Eric Vogt, O.S.B., Senior Associate of St. Mary Parish, Sacred Heart Parish and Queen of the World Parish, all in St. Marys, with residence in the priory, effective July 20, 2022 until July 30, 2025.

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.