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St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Bonneauville, PA
Now Staffed by the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts

    Our congregation has accepted the appointment by the Diocese of Harrisburg to begin pastoral ministry of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Bonneauville, PA. Installation of the Pastor, Fr. Augusty Thankachan, M.SS.CC. took place on June 26, 2011. Many St. Joseph parishioners and friends from the nearby parish of St. Mary's of Fairfield attended. Our congregation has been working in the diocese of Harrisburg since 1993 when we assumed pastoral direction of St. Mary's in Fairfield and St. Rita's in Blue Ridge Summit.

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Two Confreres from our
Indian Mission Join the
North American Delegation

   Within the past six months, the American Delegation welcomed two of their Indian Confreres, who had been working in Italy, to join them in active ministry here. Fr. Augustine Peter Arul, M.SS.CC. and Fr. Augusty Thankachan, M.SS.CC. have initially committed themselves to a three-year period here in the United States with the possibility of extending their stay with us.

   Fr. Augustine Peter Arul, M.SS.CC. residing in the Linwood, NJ community, has assumed the duties as Chaplain at Our Lady's Residence in Pleasantville, a Camden Diocesan Healthcare facility. Fr. Augustine was ordained in India in 2005 and has been in active parish ministry in India and Italy.

   Fr. Augusty Thankachan, M.SS.CC. is a member of the Fairfield, PA community and has just assumed duties as Pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Bonneauville, PA. Fr. Augusty, ordained in 1996, has served the congregation in both India and Italy in formation direction and spiritual enrichment for the laity. He has extensive pastoral experience in both countries and also in Great Britain and the Philippines.

 

   St. Joseph the Worker parish, founded in 1859, currently has 400 families. Fr. Thankachan also assumes responsibility of Catholic campus ministry at nearby Gettysburg College.

Fr. Augusty Thankachan, M.SS.CC. at the Pastor installation Mass
Fr. Augusty Thankachan, M.SS.CC. at the Pastor installation Mass, St. Joseph the
Worker Parish, Bonneauville, PA.

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Fr. Robert Malagesi, M.SS.CC.
appointed as Delegate of the
Superior General for North
American Delegation

   Shortly after his re-election to Superior General, Fr. Salvatore Izzo appointed Fr. Robert Malagesi as his Delegate in America.
Fr. Robert Malagesi, M.SS.CC.
   Fr. Robert replaces Fr. Malcolm MacLeod, M.SS.CC. who has served in the position for the past nine years. The Delegate is the local Superior of the communities in the Delegation and keeps in continuous contact with the Superior General, who resides in Rome, Italy. He works with the Rectors of the local communities in matters which require approval from the General Council in Rome. Additional responsibilities include yearly spiritual and financial reports on the status of the communities and its members.

The Delegate is appointed and serves at the discretion of the Superior General.


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