• on June 16, 2012

Priests Assignment Changes

Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown, has made the following changes in priests’ assignments in the Diocese of Youngstown.

Rev. John-Michael Lavelle is appointed pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Niles, effective June 22, 2012. Rev. Christopher Luoni is appointed Director of the St. Andrew House of Vocational Discernment at Walsh University in Canton, effective July 1, 2012. Rev. Kevin McCaffrey is appointed pastor of Sts. Philip and James Parish in Canal Fulton, effective July 1, 2012. Reverend Thomas Acker, S.J., is appointed administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Randolph, effective August 1, 2012.

Father Lavelle, ordained May 27, 2000, completed seminary studies at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He served as associate pastor at St. Mary Parish in Massillon and St. Christine Parish in Youngstown. Father Lavelle currently serves as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Ravenna, and is Director of Advancement for the Diocesan Office of Catholic Charities, a position he will keep in addition to his new assignment. Father Lavelle is chairperson of the Diocesan Catechetical Commission, secretary of the Diocese of Youngstown Foundation, and a member of the Diocesan Stewardship Commission. He previously served as pastoral director of Catholic Television Network of Youngstown, and instructor in the Theology Department at Walsh University and in the Deacon Formation Program for the diocese. He also served as chaplain of the Serra Club of Youngstown, which promotes vocations to the priesthood.

Father Luoni was ordained May 28, 2005 following seminary studies at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Cincinnati.   He served as associate pastor at Holy Family Parish in Poland; and as pastor at University Parish Newman Center in Kent. While at Kent he also served as Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry. Father Luoni was named Diocesan Director of Vocations in 2009, and will keep that position in addition to his new assignment. He currently serves as Chaplain and Administrator at the Youngstown State University Newman Center. Father Luoni currently serves on the Diocesan Priests’ Retirement Board.

Father McCaffrey, ordained May 25, 2002, completed seminary studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus. He served as associate pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Ravenna, where he also served as administrator, and at St. Mary Parish in Massillon. His current assignment is pastor of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Andover and St. Patrick Parish in Kinsman. Father McCaffrey has served as Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus.

Father Acker was ordained in 1963 for the Society of Jesus. He came to the Diocese of Youngstown in September, 2011, as Assistant to the Bishop for Special Projects, and was assigned administrator of Sts. Philip and James Parish in Canal Fulton.Father Acker is CEO of Forward Southern West Virginia and Chairman and CEO of The Higher Education Foundation in Beckley, West Virginia. He previously served as Dean of Future Generations Graduate School; President of Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia; Dean of Arts and Sciences at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia; Associate Professor of Biology at the University of San Francisco; Project Director for the U.S. Peace Corps in Nepal; Fulbright Professor at Tribhuvan University in Nepal; Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Detroit and at John Carroll University in Cleveland.

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