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KALAMAZOO — Bishop Paul J. Bradley has announced the following priest assignments for the Diocese of Kalamazoo which become effective Thursday, August 1st unless otherwise noted.

Retirements
Fr. Timothy Cuny, OSA., is retiring due to medical reasons. He is currently pastor of St. Peter Parish, Douglas.
Fr. Charles Fischer, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Bangor, has entered into retirement and attained senior priest status.

Pastors
Fr. Richard Altine, has been appointed pastor, St. Anthony Parish, Buchanan. Fr. Altine is currently pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Hastings and St. Cyril Mission/Parish, Nashville. Fr. Altine has also been re-appointed to serve as chaplain to the diocesan scouting program.
Msgr. Leonardo Cartagena has been appointed pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Hartford and will assist with sacramental and pastoral care of the Hispanic/Latino community of St. Gabriel Mission/Parish, Berrien Springs.
Fr. Fabio Garzon has been appointed pastor, St. Peter Parish, Douglas and continues as pastor for San Felipe de Jesus, Fennville. Fr. Garzon is currently pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Hartford.
Fr. Robert Johansen has been appointed pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Bangor and diocesan theological and liturgical consultant. In this new diocesan role, Fr. Johannsen will work with the Secretariat of Catholic Education and new evangelization and the diocesan worship office.
Fr. Matthew Manalel has been appointed pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish, Three Rivers and St. Clare Mission/Parish, Centreville. He is currently the pastor of St. Jerome Parish, Battle Creek
Fr. Philip Stephan, MSFS has been appointed pastor, St. Rose of Lima Parish, Hastings and St. Cyril Mission/Parish, Nashville. Fr. Stephan is currently the parochial vicar, St. Monica,
Fr. Mark Vyverman has been appointed as canonical pastor for St. Jerome Parish, Battle Creek. Fr. Vyverman continues as pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Battle Creek and as dean for the Eastern Deanery.

Parochial Vicars
Fr. James Adams, has been appointed parochial vicar for St. Monica Parish, Kalamazoo. Fr. Adams is currently the parochial vicar for St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Portage. He will remain part-time chaplain for Hackett Catholic Central High School, Kalamazoo.
Fr. Carl Peltz has been appointed senior parochial vicar for St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Portage. Fr. Peltz is currently the pastor, St. Anthony Parish, Buchanan.
Fr. Alphonse Savarimuthu, MSFS has been appointed parochial vicar for Holy Angels Parish, Sturgis and St. Joseph Mission/Parish, White Pigeon. Fr. Alphonse is currently parochial vicar, St. Joseph Parish, St. Joseph (effective August 5, 2013).
Fr. Brian Stanley, has been appointed parochial vicar, St. Margaret Parish, Otsego. He is currently finishing up his duty as a military chaplain with the U.S. Army.

Newly-ordained
Fr. Benjamin Huynh has been appointed parochial vicar, St. Thomas More Parish, Kalamazoo.
Fr. Thomas McNally has been appointed parochial vicar, St. Joseph, St. Joseph and part-time chaplain for Lake Michigan Catholic High School, effective August 8, 2013.
Fr. Evelio Ramirez has been appointed parochial vicar, St. Joseph, Battle Creek.

Special assignment
Fr. Robert Flickinger, pastor of St. Basil Parish, South Haven, has been granted a two-month sabbatical during July and August. He remains pastor throughout his sabbatical and will return to the parish on September 1, 2013.
Fr. Ted Martin has been appointed temporary administrator at St. Basil Parish, South Haven during July and August and will assist in the diocesan Tribunal Office. He will return to Rome this fall to continue his graduate studies in Canon Law.†