Bishop Brandt announces parish partnership in Leechburg, Vandergrift
January 25, 2014
My dear Brothers and Sisters,
With the resignation on October 19, 2013 of Father Joseph V. Trupkovich from priestly ministry, Christ the King Parish, Leechburg found itself without a pastor. Immediately, I appointed Monsignor James T. Gaston, Dean of Deanery I and Pastor of Saint Margaret Mary Parish, Lower Burrell as Administrator of Christ the King Parish.
Monsignor Gaston energetically, and enthusiastically, embraced this additional responsibility with a deep commitment to assist in the shepherding of the people of Christ the King Parish during this challenging time of transition. I am most grateful for his unselfish priestly service, and dedicated pastoral and administrative care to the people of Christ the King Parish.
In these past three months, under Monsignor Gaston's tactical leadership, and with the assistance of clergy and parish staff members of Region II, parish pastoral and finance council members, and the good will and support of the faithful of the parishes of Region II, Christ the King Parish is now in a position to move forward in its mission and ministry.
The people of Christ the King Parish, over this past decade, have been challenged in many ways to ensure that the stability and mission of the Catholic community of this area remains strong by being rooted in an unwavering faith, while facing ever changing uncertainties. Realities such as shifting demographics, a changing economic environment, and a decreasing number of priests, have all played a major role in the shaping of this Catholic community.
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