Bishop David Talley announced two assignments to be effective August 1, 2018:

Father Anthony “Raj” Dharmaraj, MSFS is returning to our diocese after a seven year absence. Fr. Dharmaraj has been serving as Provincial leader of his order, the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, Southeast India Province.

Fr. Dharmaraj previously served as pastor at St. Mary’s Asssumption Church, Cottonport. In his assignment as pastoral administrator of St. John the Baptist Church in Deville, he will also oversee the missions of St. Winifred Chapel, Effie and St. John the Baptist Mission in Moncla. Welcome back Fr. Raj!

Father Wade DeCoste has been appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Anthony in Natchitoches at his request in order to live in a life of prayer and community with his brother priests in the Natchitoches Deanery.

Effective July 1, Father John Wiltse has been appointed Vicar for Clergy to serve alongside Father Adam Travis, VC.  As Vicars for Clergy, they will work collaboratively with priests and senior chancery officials to address the personal and professional needs of priests. They will also work to provide formation and educational opportunities for clergy.

Fr. Wiltse will remain as pastoral administrator of St. Mary’s Assumption Church and its school in Cottonport.