Msgr. Arturo Bañuelas retires after 46 years of priestly ministry - New Pastoral Assignments for June 2022
Msgr. Arturo Bañuelas retires after 46 years of priestly ministry - New Pastoral Assignments for June 2022

Msgr. Arturo Bañuelas retires after 46 years of priestly ministry

The announcement of new pastoral assignments June  6 came with the bittersweet news of the retirement of one of the diocese’s longest serving pastors, Msgr. Arturo Bañuelas, who will retire in July after more than 46 years  of service as a priest. 

“There is no way to fully express our gratitude to Msgr. Bañuelas for his many years of  dedicated service,” Bishop Mark Seitz said, adding that Bañuelas will continue to serve  the diocese in priestly ministry as needed even in retirement. “Please join me in praying  that God will grant him good health and new opportunities to share him many gifts in  this new chapter of his life.” 

In addition to three priests assuming administrator roles for the first time, eight priests  will begin new assignments as parochial vicars. Additionally, the diocese will welcome  Fr. Ray Finch, MM, the former superior general of the Maryknoll Priests and Brothers,  as an administrator. 

“The movement of priests and deacons is an important part of their service to the  Church,” Bishop Mark said. “Transitions are never easy for clergy or for their  communities, so I ask the members of the communities that are going through a  change to help make that transition as smooth as possible — supporting, thanking and  assisting the deacon or priest who is moving to a new assignment, and warmly  welcoming the one who is joining their community.” 

The assignments are as follows:

Pastors 

Fr. José Morales – Pastor, St. Mark, effective July 15 

Administrators 

Fr. Michael Lewis – Administrator, Most Holy Trinity, effective June 24 Fr. Victorino Loresca – Administrator, St. Mary (Marfa, Texas), effective June 24 Fr. Miguel Perez – Administrator, Holy Spirit, effective July 15 

Fr. Ray Finch, MM – Administrator, Cristo Rey, effective August 1 

Vicars  

Fr. Astry Déraly – Parochial Vicar, St. Matthew, effective June 15 

Fr. César Garcia – Parochial Vicar, St. Mark, effective June 24 

Fr. Sergio Legarretta – Parochial Vicar, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, effective June 24 Fr. Iván Montelongo – Parochial Vicar, St. Stephen, effective July 1 Fr. Edroud Jean – Parochial Vicar, St. Raphael, effective July 1 

Fr. José William Aravelo Narvaez, Parochial Vicar, St. Patrick Cathedral, effective July  18 

Fr. José Vera – Parochial Vicar, Most Holy Trinity, effective Aug 1 

Fr. Cong Vo – Parochial Vicar, St. Patrick Cathedral, effective Aug 1 

Transitional Deacons 

Queen of Peace, Effective Immediately 

Deacon Angel Tarango, St. Stephen, Effective Immediately 

Deacon Lloyd Divinagracia, Holy Spirit, Effective July 17th 

Transitional Deacons 

Dcn. Ángel Aguilar, Queen of Peace, effective immediately 

Dcn. Ángel Tarango, St. Stephen, effective immediately 

Dcn. Loyd Divinagracia, Holy Spirit, effective July 17 

 

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