TOLEDO - The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, bishop of the Diocese of Toledo announced personnel appointments: the Rev. Michael S. Houston, C.Ss.R., associate pastor of St. Gerard Parish, Lima, effective July 27; the Rev. Samuel Punnoor, associate pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Toledo, and faculty member at Central Catholic High School, Toledo, Sept. 1; Deacon Michael P. Roemmele after his priestly ordination June 25, associate pastor of St. Mary Parish, Tiffin, St. Pius X Parish, Sycamore, and the chaplain at Calvert High School; Deacon Jerome A. Schetter after his priestly ordination June 25, associate pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Perrysburg; Deacon Philip A. Smith after his priestly ordination June 25, providing liturgical assistance to Mother of Sorrows Parish, Put-in-Bay, and St. Michael Parish, Kelleys Island, until he returns in the fall to Rome to complete his licentiate degree at Gregorian University; The Reverend James V. Szobonya, C.Ss.R., as the pastor of St. Gerard Parish, Lima, effective July 27; and the Rev. Vicente Antonio Vera, associate pastor of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Parish, Toledo, effective Sept. 1.
The Hispanic Ministries Office of the diocese is establishing an eastern and a western region for ministry emphasis. The Rev. Michael J. Diemer is to work in the eastern region with his residence at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Willard, and the Rev. Joven Malanyaon is to work in the western region with his residence at St. Augustine Parish, Napoleon.
The following priests have been granted a dispensation from the required academic degree for the office of judge from the Supreme Apostolic Signatura and were appointed procurator-advocates and associate judges of the Tribunal of the Diocese of Toledo: the Rev. David M. Bruning, the Very Rev. Thomas J. Extejt, VF, the Rev. Timothy F. Ferris, the Rev. Krzysztof Kardzis and the Rev. Arthur J. Niewiadomski.
Priests who were granted senior status are the Rev. Gerald J. Chmiel, effective July 1; the Rev. A. Robert DeSloover, effective July 1; the Rev. P. Martin Donnelly, effective Sept. 1; the Rev. Raymond A. Fisher, effective July 1; the Rev. Edward J. Littelmann, effective Sept. 1; the Rev. Thomas E. Oedy, effective July 1; the Rev. Robert J. Reinhart, effective July 1; and the Rev. Edward J. Schleter, effective July 1.
Deacons who were granted senior status are Joseph L. Burkhart and Ralph J. Dominique.