“Unlike statues, missionaries are not motionless. They serve where God wills to call them.” St. Gaspar, Letter, 1063
Six Missionaries of the Precious Blood from the Kansas City Province will be moving to new ministries this summer. These assignments reflect a significant change in the leadership of our mission in Vietnam, our formation ministry in Chicago, two of our parishes, and increasing our commitment in the Diocese of Davenport. We are grateful to these missionaries for accepting the call to be sent by the Blood of Christ in the spirit of St. Gaspar to be a reconciling and renewing presence in the Church and our world.
Father Joseph Bathke, C.PP.S. will be the new pastor at Sacred Heart Church in Warrensburg, Missouri, effective July 1, 2016. For the past three years, Father Joe has been chaplain at Cor Mariae Care Center in Rockford, Illinois.
Brother Daryl Charron, C.PP.S. will be moving to Vietnam after our Provincial Assembly in June. Brother Daryl will be the director of the mission. He will be assisted by Precious Blood Father Nhan Bui who was appointed treasurer and director of formation of the Vietnam Mission in January; and Deacon Tam Minh Hoang who has served as vocation director for the mission since returning to Vietnam in 2014. (Tam will be ordained a deacon on May 25, 2016 at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio.) Brother Daryl has served the province the past five years as director of justice and peace. He has previously served as hospitality coordinator at Precious Blood Center, and as a hospice chaplain. A new director for justice and peace will be named in the near future.
Father Joseph Miller, C.PP.S. will join the pastoral ministry team at St. Francis Xavier Parish in St. Joseph, Missouri as associate pastor. For the past five years, Father Joe has been pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Warrensburg.
Father Lac Pham, C.PP.S. is the new director of initial formation for the Kansas City and Cincinnati Provinces. As a joint appointment of the Kansas City and Cincinnati Provincial Councils, Father Lac will move to our formation house in Chicago. His appointment is for four years and is effective on July 1, 2016. Father Lac will also serve as the director of formation for the Kansas City Province.
Father Dien Truong, C.PP.S. will be returning to the United States after serving as director of the Vietnam Mission for the past year to become director of development for the Vietnam Mission. Initially, Father Dien will be based at Precious Blood Center in Liberty, Missouri. His main focus will be to raise awareness and resources for our mission in Vietnam.
Father Mark Yates, C.PP.S. is moving from St. Francis Xavier Parish in St. Joseph, Missouri where he has served as parochial vicar the past four years to become administrator of St. Patrick Church, Georgetown, St. Peter Church, Lovilia, and St. Patrick Church, Melrose, Iowa. Father Mark will join Precious Blood Fathers Mike Volkmer in Albia, Bill Hubmann in Centerville, and Jim Betzen in Ottumwa to serve the southwest corner of the Diocese of Davenport. His appointment is effective July 1, 2016.
Remembering what our founder, St. Gaspar, said about missionaries not being statues but in motion, we are grateful to these members of the province who said yes to God’s call in their lives. May we hold them and the people they serve in our prayer as they take leave of their present ministries and move on to their new assignments.
With peace in the blood of Christ,
Joseph Nassal, C.PP.S.
Richard Bayuk, C.PP.S.
Thomas Welk, C.PP.S.
Ronald Will, C.PP.S.
Mark Miller, C.PP.S