New Priest Assignments

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Effective June 1, 2024 our pastor Fr. Bill McNeeley will be leaving Holy Ghost to serve at Holy Family in Seymour. Replacing Fr. McNeeley will be Fr. John Orr. We wish Fr. McNeeley all the best in his new assignment and we welcome Fr. Orr back to Holy Ghost!


April 15, 2024

Archbishop Shelton J. Fabre, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Knoxville, has announced the following new priest assignments: 

Fr. Chris Michelson will retire as pastor of St. Albert the Great, effective July 1, 2024. Fr. Michelson will continue to serve as President of St. Joseph School and Advisor to the President of KCHS.
Fr. Christopher Floersh will serve as Parochial Administrator of St. Albert the Great (Knoxville), effective July 1, 2024
Deacon Bo Beaty will, following his ordination to the priesthood, serve as Associate Pastor at St. John Neumann (Knoxville), effective July 1, 2024.

Fr. Gilbert Diaz will retire from active ministry effective May 1, 2024

Fr. Bill McNeeley will serve as Parochial Administrator of Holy Family (Seymour), effective June 1, 2024. Deacon Dean Burry is appointed temporary Parochial Administrator for the month of May, and the Paulist Fathers will generously cover the Sunday Masses.

Fr. John Orr is assigned as Parochial Administrator of Holy Ghost (Knoxville), effective June 1, 2024.
Fr. Valentin Iurochkin will continue to serve as Associate Pastor at Holy Ghost (Knoxville).

Fr. Christopher Manning will serve as Parochial Administrator of St. Mary (Athens), effective June 1, 2024.

Sts. Peter and Paul Basilica will be providing sacramental ministry to Notre Dame High School, beginning with the fall semester.

Fr. Bede Aboh is assigned as Associate Pastor of St. Dominic (Kingsport), effective June 1, 2024.
Fr. Zach Griffith is assigned as Chaplin of the Catholic Center at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and part-time Associate Pastor of St. Mary (Johnson City), effective July 1, 2024. ETSU will also be welcoming four FOCUS missionaries on Campus beginning Fall of 2024.

Fr. Matthew Donahue has completed his canon law studies in Rome, and will be assigned as Judge/Documentary Case Instructor for the Marriage Tribunal for the Diocese of Knoxville, and as part-time Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Chattanooga).

Fr. Arthur Torres Barona will become Assistant Vocation Director, effective June 9, 2024. His other responsibilities remain in place.
Fr. Mark Schuster will serve as Director for the Office of Vocations, effective June 9, 2024.

Fr. Michael Hendershott will continue to serve as Associate Pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Basilica (Chattanooga) and at the Catholic Student Center at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.
Fr. Alex Hernandez will serve as Associate Pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Basilica (Chattanooga), effective July 1, 2024.

Deacon Michael Willey will, following his ordination to the priesthood, serve as Associate Pastor at All Saints (Knoxville), effective July 1, 2024.

A J Houston will, following his ordination as a transitional deacon, serve at All Saints (Knoxville), effective June 9, 2024.

Deacon Daniel Herman will, following his ordination to the priesthood, serve as Associate Pastor at the Cathedral (Knoxville), effective July 1, 2024.

Fr. Albert Sescon will be retiring from active ministry effective July 20, 2024.
St. Augustine Parish will temporarily be providing sacramental ministry for Alexian Village.

As apostolic administrator, Archbishop Fabre is not appointing any pastors. Rather, priests responsible for parishes will be appointed as parochial administrators for the duration of the vacant see. The next bishop, upon his appointment and installation, will be able to confirm these appointments and name pastors.