New administrative team named
Bp. David Zubik appoints group to assist him in diocese
By Renae Bauer
|Dcn. Tim Reilly
||Fr. Paul Demuth
||Sr. Mary Bride
|Fr. John Doerfler
Bp. David Zubik on Oct. 15 announced five new top leaders for the team that will assist him in administering the Green Bay Diocese and a new assignment for Auxiliary Bp. Robert Morneau. The changes will take effect on Jan. 1.
The appointments are:
Dcn. Tim Reilly, president of Notre Dame de la Baie Academy, Green Bay, to be Diocesan Director of Administration;
Doris Vincent, pastoral associate at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and St. John the Evangelist parishes, Green Bay, to be Associate Director of Administration;
Fr. Paul Demuth, pastor of Resurrection Parish, Green Bay, to be Vicar for Ministers;
Sr. Mary Bride Grubbs, ANG, who has been serving as both diocesan chancellor and assistance coordinator, will be relieved of her chancellor responsibilities to give her full attention to being assistance coordinator;
Fr. John Doerfler, assistant chancellor and a member of the Marriage Tribunal, to be chancellor;
Msgr. Brian Coleman, to be Vice Chancellor while remaining as pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Green Bay;
Bp. Morneau will be the new pastor of Resurrection Parish, leaving his post as Vicar for Priests (now renamed Vicar for Ministers). He will continue his special sacramental
responsibilities as Auxiliary Bishop as well as Vicar General and will remain on all the diocesan boards on which he is serving.
"Bp. Morneau has wonderful pastoral skills to share with the people of Resurrection, and he will continue to share these through his outreach as a writer, retreat director and as a
known and appreciated speaker," Bp. Zubik said in announcing the appointment.
Looked for the very best
Bp. Zubik said in making the appointments he "looked for the very best people to help me lead the Church of Green Bay into the future. It is important for me that they be people of deep faith and with proven professional skills.
"One of the litmus tests is that they view the church as a faith community and not as a corporation," Bp. Zubik said. "Also, it is important that there be an inclusion of strong leadership from the ranks of our deacons and laity - women and men alike. This is clearly what Pope John Paul II calls for in his Apostolic Exhortation, Christifidelis Laici (The Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World)."
Currently, the duties of the director and assistant director of administration are the responsibility of Msgr. John Dewane, Vicar for Administration, who will retire on Dec. 31.
Because of the increasing responsibilities of that office, Bp. Zubik decided two people are needed.
"Essentially, Dcn. Reilly will serve as the chief administrative officer for the diocese," Bp. Zubik said. "He is responsible for maintaining contact with all of our parishes and
institutions. He will also serve on most of the diocesan boards and will be one of my closest collaborators. He is poised to assist in administrative matters."
Dcn. Reilly held several executive positions, first at Fort Howard, then at Fort James Corp., before retiring and later becoming president of Notre Dame.
When Fort Howard and James River merged in May 1997, Dcn. Reilly spearheaded the commercial business integration process. Then, as president of North American Commercial Business of the new Fort James, he led the division to sales of $1.4 billion, producing the
largest profit of any of its businesses.
As a deacon at Resurrection, he is active in many pastoral and liturgical ministries, including preparing and welcoming adults and teens into the church and ministering to inmates at the Green Bay Correctional Institution.
"While Dcn. Reilly brings with him an impeccable sense of administration, he does so as a man of the church," Bp. Zubik said. "He understands church, has proven himself a church leader and will provide an outstanding pastoral flavor in addition to his exceptional administrative skills."
Vincent has a master's in theological studies from St. Norbert College, De Pere, and a master's in education leadership from UW Madison. She has served as principal of Assumption
BVM School in Pulaski, and Holy Angels School in Darboy; and co-director of religious education at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Green Bay.
"She has been a very dedicated church woman for more than two decades," Bp Zubik said. "As a principal, teacher and pastoral associate, Mrs. Vincent has also proven to be a very effective church leader. In her role as associate director of administration, she will be working on a number of special projects to be undertaken in the diocese and will maintain a particularly close association with the Bishop's office, especially providing a far more timely response to the heavy volume of mail which comes into the office. Mrs. Vincent will also work in a very close manner with the directors of the diocesan departments."
Work with ministers
Fr. Demuth will work closely with priests, parish directors, pastoral associates and the diocesan director of the diaconate and be the bridge between ministers and the diocese. He will continue as the director of the Priests Personnel Board.
Since his ordination in 1968, Fr. Demuth has been associate pastor and co-pastor in four parishes until 1975 when he became director of the diocesan Liturgical Office. In 1982 he returned to parish work, serving since 1987 at Resurrection.
"Fr. Demuth has proven himself to be a very capable pastor, especially so in his assignment at Resurrection Parish. And he has established a good rapport with the clergy as chair of the Priests Personnel Board," Bp. Zubik said.
Before Sr. Mary Bride was appointed chancellor in July 2000, she was consultant for parish planning and collaboration in the diocesan Department of Pastoral Services. Prior to that,
she was the diocese's first parish director, serving St. Patrick Parish in Stephensville, from 1986 to 1998, and St. Denis Parish in Shiocton, from 1996 to 1998.
She taught for many years in Catholic schools in Wrightstown and Appleton. She has a master's in pastoral studies and had served as pastoral associate at Sacred Heart Parish in
Manitowoc and St. Bernard Parish in Green Bay.
"Sister brings her pastoral experience, a long history of walking with people through joy and sorrow, pain and trauma and celebration. Her gift for listening with a compassionate heart has enabled people to open up to her and feel comfortable with sharing their story or concern," Bp. Zubik said.
"With the increased responsibilities in the area of providing for a safe environment for all members of the Church of Green Bay and for the need to maintain contact with all those who are in any way affected by the issues of sexual misconduct, it is imperative that this position become full time," Bp. Zubik added.
Chancellor and assistant
Fr. Doerfler was ordained in 1991 and has licentiates in Sacred Theology and Canon Law. He has been an associate pastor at St. John Nepomucene, Little Chute; associate pastor of St.
Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay; and administrator of Holy Trinity, Casco. In 1997, he also joined the diocesan Tribunal as a Defender of the Bond and a Judge. He is serving temporarily as administrator of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and St. John the Evangelist parishes.
"Fr. Doerfler brings with him a solid understanding of canonical issues and a proven pastoral heart," Bp. Zubik said.
Msgr. Coleman had served for several years as the diocese's Judicial Vicar.
The appointments come as the diocesan administrative offices are being evaluated to determine what, if any, restructuring is needed. Any recommendations for restructuring will be complete by the end of January 2005 to be implemented by July 1, 2005.
"We face some exciting and challenging days ahead," Bp. Zubik said. "I look forward to working with everyone as we remain open to the movement of the Holy Spirit to help us build up God's Kingdom in this local church."