His Excellency, The Most Rev. Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D.,
Bishop of Belleville,
A Change in Parish Partnerships
After consultation with Monsignor William J. Hitpas, Monsignor James E. Margason, and Reverend James E. Deiters, the Pastors of the parishes who have petitioned for this change, and after careful consideration of the pastoral situation of the parishes involved with the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, Reverend Monsignor John W. McEvilly; and the Vicar Forane of the Metro East Vicariate and Chairman of the Priests’ Personnel Board, Reverend Monsignor John T. Myler; the Parish Partnerships of St. Nicholas Parish in O’Fallon and St. Joseph Parish in Lebanon, and St. Clare of Assisi Parish in O’Fallon and Corpus Christ Parish in Shiloh are hereby dissolved. Two new Parish Partnerships are established consisting of St. Nicholas Parish and St. Clare of Assisi Parish, and Corpus Christ Parish and St. Joseph Parish. These new Parish Partnership arrangements are made ad experimentum, for a period of two years. After two years, the arrangement should be reviewed. If it is deemed a successful arrangement, it can become more permanent.
Changes in Parish Partnerships are considered only when parish leadership provides a persuasive, detailed proposal for a change that addresses all of the implications of such a restructuring, along with credible and realistic answers to the questions posed by the proposed change.
These changes are effective on August 6, 2017, the Feast of the Transfiguration.
Pastor (canon 522)
The Reverend Monsignor James E. Margason, until now, Pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Shiloh, is appointed to the additional pastorate of St. Joseph Parish in Lebanon in accord with The Pastoral Plan for Parish Renewal and Restructuring for the Diocese of Belleville.
Permanent Deacon (canon 274§2)
Deacon George G. Mills, Jr., until now Deacon at Corpus Christi Parish in Shiloh, is appointed to the additional ministry as Deacon at St. Joseph Parish in Lebanon to facilitate the work of the new Parish Partnership of the Pastoral Plan for Parish Renewal and Restructuring.
Given from the Diocesan Curia on Friday, the 6th day of August, in the Year of Our Lord 2017, the Feast of the Transfiguration.