Local churches welcome new vicar

BUCKSPORT — Bishop Robert P. Deeley of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has announced that Father Anthanasius Sangnyuy Wirsiy has been appointed parochial vicar at Stella Maris Parish (St. Vincent de Paul Church, Bucksport; Our Lady of Holy Hope Church, Castine; St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Stonington), St. Joseph Parish (St. Joseph Church, Ellsworth; Blue Hill Mission, Blue Hill; Our Lady of the Lake Mission, Green Lake; St. Margaret Chapel, Winter Harbor), and Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord (Holy Redeemer Church, Bar Harbor; St. Peter Church, Manset; St. Ignatius Church, Northeast Harbor). Currently, he serves as a hospital chaplain at Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital, both in Portland, and parochial vicar for the Portland Peninsula and Island Parishes.

Current parochial vicar Joseph Cahill plans to retire from full-time active ministry but will continue to provide coverage in the parishes as needed. A native of Lynn, Mass., Father Cahill was ordained to the priesthood in 1976.

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