Cardinal Donald Wuerl announces the following clergy appointments, effective July 6 except where indicated:

New Pastors

Father James Boccabella to pastor, St. Francis Xavier Parish, Washington; from parochial vicar, Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Washington.

Father Michael Briese to pastor, Holy Name Parish, Washington; from parochial vicar, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Silver Spring.

Father Jaroslaw Gamrot to pastor, Our Lady of the Wayside Parish, Chaptico; from parochial vicar, Mother Seton Parish, Germantown.

Father Avelino A. Gonzalez to pastor, St. Joseph Parish on Capitol Hill, Washington; from parochial vicar, St. Martin of Tours Parish, Gaithersburg.

Father Lawrence Swink to pastor, Jesus the Divine Word Parish, Huntingtown; from parochial vicar, St. Pius X Parish, Bowie.

Father Michael Tietjen to pastor, Holy Angels Parish, Avenue; from parochial vicar, St. John the Baptist Parish, Silver Spring.

Father Francisco Tovar to pastor, St. Bernardine Parish, Suitland; from parochial vicar, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Clinton.

Father Gary Villanueva to pastor, St. Columba Parish, Oxon Hill; from parochial administrator, Holy Name Parish, Washington.

Pastors

Father Timothy Baer to pastor, St. Mary Piscataway Parish, Clinton; from pastor, Our Lady of the Wayside Parish, Chaptico.

Father Y. David Brault to pastor, St. John the Baptist Parish, Silver Spring; from pastor, St. Mary Piscataway Parish, Clinton.

Father Robert Buchmeier to pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, La Plata; from pastor, St. Columba Parish, Oxon Hill.

Father Jaime Hernandez to pastor, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Clinton; from pastor, St. Bernardine Parish, Suitland.

Father Daniel Leary to pastor, St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, Silver Spring; from pastor, Jesus the Divine Word Parish, Huntingtown.

Msgr. Michael Mellone to pastor, St. Mary of the Mills Parish, Laurel; from pastor, St. Andrew Apostle Parish, Silver Spring.

Father Ronald Potts to pastor, Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Washington; from pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, La Plata.

Father Joseph Sileo to pastor, St. Bartholomew Parish, Bethesda; from senior parochial vicar, St. Bartholomew Parish.

Msgr. Michael Wilson to pastor, Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Solomons; from pastor, St. Mary of the Mills Parish, Laurel.


Parochial vicars

Father Francisco Alves to parochial vicar, Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Potomac; from parochial vicar, St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish, Bethesda.

Msgr. Patrick Dempsey to parochial vicar, Sacred Heart Parish, Bowie while continuing duties as priest secretary to Cardinal William Baum.

Father Charles Gallagher to parochial vicar, St. Mary Parish, Rockville; from continuing studies, Rome.

Father Daniel Gallaugher to parochial vicar, St. Bartholomew Parish, Bethesda; from parochial vicar, St. Mary Piscataway Parish, Clinton.

Father Edward Hegnauer to parochial vicar, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Clinton; from parochial vicar, St. Peter, Waldorf.

Father Justin Huber to parochial vicar, Holy Redeemer Parish, Kensington; from continuing studies, Rome.

Father Mark Ivany to parochial vicar, St. Pius X Parish, Bowie; from parochial vicar, Little Flower Parish, Bethesda.

Father Anthony Lickteig to parochial vicar, Little Flower Parish, Bethesda; from continuing studies, Rome.

Father Patrick Riffle to parochial vicar, St. Peter Parish, Washington; from parochial vicar, St. Peter Parish, Olney.

Father Joseph Rogers to parochial vicar, St. Peter Parish, Olney; from parochial vicar, St. Patrick Parish, Rockville.

Chaplain

Father John Clark to chaplain, Sibley Hospital and other health care facilities with residence at Our Lady of Victory Parish, Washington; from parochial vicar, Sacred Heart Parish, Parish Bowie.

Retirements

Msgr. James Beattie to retired; from pastor, St. Bartholomew Parish, Bethesda.

Father James Betz to retired; from pastor, St. Nicholas Parish, Laurel.

Father Percival D'Silva to retired; from parochial vicar, Holy Redeemer Parish, Kensington.

Father Richard Gardiner to retired; from pastor, Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Solomons.

Msgr. Francis Kazista to retired; from pastor, St. John the Baptist Parish, Silver Spring.

Msgr. Maurice O'Connell to retired; from senior priest, Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Washington, effective July 1.

Father Thomas Pollard to retired; from pastor, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Clinton.

Father Donald Worch to retired; from parochial vicar, Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Potomac.