Bishop David Bonnar of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has made the following clergy appointments:
- Father Zachary Coulter has been appointed administrator of St. Joseph Randolph, effective June 1, due to the conclusion of Father Thomas Acker’s assignment there. Father Coulter will remain administrator of St. Peter of the Fields in Rootstown.
- Father Daniel Finnerty has been appointed temporary administrator of St. Mary, Orwell and Sacred Heart, Rock Creek effective July 1 due to the retirement of Father John Madden. It is expected that a new pastor or administrator will be appointed to these parishes by October 1. Father Finnerty remains pastor of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Geneva.
- Father James Korda has been given a special assignment as Administrator of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish in Campbell with the charge of implementing an assessment of the viability of the parish to be completed in one year or less, effective June 1. Father Korda will remain in his position of President to CTNY. In assigning Fr. Korda to this special assignment, Bishop Bonnar notes three exceptional skills that Fr. Korda offers, his background in communication, attention to details and a steady demeanor. Bishop Bonnar has instructed Fr. Korda to implement the regional pastoral plan promulgated by the late Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., in 2019. The plan calls for one worship site in the City of Campbell.
Christ the Good Shepherd Parish was established on April 29, 2012, as a merged unit from the parishes of St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph the Provider, St. Lucy and Sta. Rosa de Lima. With 379 households and with mounting financial debt, it is necessary to study the viability of the parish and to take action.
Bishop Bonnar stated that “the parish has a rich history, each parishioner has memories and cherished moments. The Holy Spirit is calling the faith-full people of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish to recognize the need to move forward in order to most effectively utilize God’s gifts and to be unified.”