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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Six priests receive appointments

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Archbishop Wuerl has announced six more priest appointments, effective July 1.

Father John R. Clark

To: Parochial vicar, Sacred Heart, Bowie

From: Parochial vicar, Shrine of St. Jude, Rockville



Msgr. Roger Roensch

To: Retired, Rome

From: Director, Bishops' Office for U.S. Visitors to the Vatican



Father Evelio Menjivar-Ayala

To: Parochial vicar, Cathedral of St. Matthew, Washington, D.C.

From: Pastoral Ministry and in residence, Cathedral of St. Matthew



Father Grantley D. Gaskin

To: Parochial vicar, pro-tem, Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish, Washington, D.C.

From: Special pastoral and sacramental ministry, St. Joseph Parish, Largo

Father Basil Aguzie, M.S.P.

To: Moved by order, the Missionary Society of St. Paul

From: Parochial vicar, St. Gabriel Parish, Washington, and chaplain, Howard University, Washington



Father Fidele R. Malanga

To: Parochial vicar, St. Gabriel Parish, Washington, and chaplain, to the Catholic students and staff at Howard University, Washington

From: Parochial vicar, Our Lady of Sorrows, Takoma Park



Father John Clark, now serving as a parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish in Bowie, is a 49-year-old native of Cheverly. He attended Prince George's Community College and the University of Maryland, College Park, before studying as a seminarian at Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg. Since being ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1996, he has served as a parochial vicar at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Silver Spring, St. Patrick Parish in Rockville, St. Martin of Tours Parish in Gaithersburg, and most recently at the Shrine of St. Jude Parish in Rockville.

Msgr. Roger Roensch has retired in Rome as director of the Bishops' Office for U.S. Visitors to the Vatican after serving in that role for the past 14 years, since 1996. A 78-year-old Milwaukee native, he was ordained to the priesthood for that archdiocese in 1957 in the chapel of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he had studied. Following his ordination, he served as a parish priest in Wisconsin from 1958-70. He returned to Rome from 1970-81, serving as director of development and alumni relations at the Pontifical North American College and as a spiritual director to American priests working on graduate studies there. In 1981-97, he served as pilgrimage director at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. He was incardinated as a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington in 1989, and Pope John Paul II named him a prelate of honor with the title of monsignor in 1991. Msgr. Roensch served as chaplain for the D.C. State Council of the Knights of Columbus from 1982-93.

Father Evelio Menjivar-Ayala, now a parochial vicar at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, has provided pastoral ministry and been in residence there since last year. A native of El Salvador, he turns 40 on Aug. 14. He studied at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami, at the Catholic University of America in Washington and then at the North American College in Rome before being ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington in 2004. Following his ordination, he served as a parochial vicar at Mother Seton Parish in Germantown and at St. Bartholomew Parish in Bethesda. In the mid-1990s, he served as coordinator of the Hispanic youth group at St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in Hyattsville.

Father Grantley D. Gaskin, a 44-year-old native of England, has begun a temporary assignment as parochial vicar, pro-tem at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington, D.C. He most recently has provided special pastoral and sacramental ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Largo, following the death of Father Levester Jones, the pastor there. Father Gaskin accepted a commission as a first lieutenant in the Army Reserves on June 3, and he hopes to begin basic training in September. While he awaits his military chaplaincy training, Father Gaskin will be in residence at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish. "My prayer is that I can go over to where I'm needed the most," said the priest, of his desire to be a military chaplain. Father Gaskin studied at Theological College and earned a master of divinity degree from the Catholic University of America before being ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington in 2006. He has served as a parochial vicar at St. Raphael Parish in Rockville, St. Bartholomew Parish in Bethesda, St. Martin of Tours in Gaithersburg and at St. Mary of the Mills in Laurel.

Father Basil Aguzie, a member of the Missionary Society of St. Paul, has been moved by his order after serving since 2007 as a Catholic chaplain at Howard University and since 2009 as a parochial vicar at St. Gabriel Parish in Washington. A 42-year-old native of Nigeria, he was ordained to the priesthood there in 1998 after studying at the National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul. Following his ordination, he served as a parochial vicar in Nigeria and as secretary to the superior general of his religious order. Later, he served as a parish priest and a chaplain in South Africa, before his recent priestly service in Washington.

Father Fidele R. Malanga, now a parochial vicar at St. Gabriel Parish, Washington, and the chaplain to the Catholic students and staff at Howard University, served this past year as a parochial vicar at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Takoma Park. Earlier, he served as a parochial vicar at Resurrection Parish in Burtonsville. A native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he turns 52 on July 20. He earlier served as a pastor in Kinshasa, Congo, and as a priest in Cameroon. He also formerly served as a teacher of French, Latin and philosophy. Father Malanga was ordained to the priesthood in 1986.


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