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News from the Diocese of Charleston

Priest Assignments

The following priest assignments have been made and are now free to be published:

Rev. Robert Higgins is now pastor of St. Patrick Church in Charleston, effective Feb. 21.

Rev. Timothy Akanson is now priest in residence at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on Folly Beach, effective March 19.

Rev. Emerson Rodriguez-Delgado, OFM, is now parochial vicar of St. Andrew Church in Myrtle Beach, effective April 8.

Rev. Orlando Cardona, CM, has left the diocese, effective June 1.

Rev. Vincent H. Finnerty, CM, is pastor of St. William Church in Ward, and assumes duties to the Hispanic Migrant Ministry, both effective June 1.

Rev. Christopher Loester is now parochial vicar at St. Francis By the Sea Church in Hilton Head, effective June 25.

Rev. Jeffrey Kirby, pastor of Our Lady of Grace Church in Lancaster, assumes sacramental responsibility for Kershaw Correctional Institution, effective July 6.

Msgr. Karl A. Chimiak has retired. He is now priest in residence at Our Lady, Star of the Sea Church in Myrtle Beach, effective July 31.

Rev. Cosmus M. Wambua is parochial vicar at Our Lady, Star of the Sea Church in North Myrtle Beach, effective Aug. 1.

Rev. A. John DeBritto, MSSCC, is parochial vicar of Holy Trinity Church in Orangeburg, St. Theresa Mission in Springfield, effective Aug. 3.