The Diocese of Worcester has issued new priestly assignments for 18 priests and has appointed Mr. Raymond Delisle as the Diocese's first lay chancellor, effective July 6, 2013 (Press release). Ray has been serving as the Diocesan spokesman since 1995 and the vice chancellor of operations since 2007. The outgoing chancellor, Msgr. Thomas Sullivan, will remain as pastor of Christ the King Parish.
Such a move might be shocking to many people, but many American dioceses in the Church of Dolan have lay chancellors for one reason or another, but the chief reason is Vatican II Syndrome. Just look at the mafia Archdiocese of Boston, where they have employed lay chancellors for several years now, with the current one making $250,000 per year!
Since Mr. Delisle has been the spokesman/media liaison for quite some time, and most of the people who work in the Worcester chancery are lay folks, he must know what goes on daily. But I just hope Bishop McManus was not drunk when he made this appointment!
Also, Fr. Richard Reidy was appointed Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese. Fr. Reidy, an attorney by trade, was formerly the rector of St. Paul's Cathedral and Boy Scout chaplain. Most recently, he was pastor of St. Ann's Parish in North Oxford. Worcester has not had a vicar general since Auxiliary Bishop George Rueger retired in 2005, since this position is reserved to the auxiliary bishop of the diocese if there is one. So Fr. Reidy will hold this position until someone else is appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Worcester.
(For those who are unfamiliar what the vicar general does, he coordinates priestly assignments for the bishop, and is in charge of the diocese when the bishop is absent or the diocese is sede vacante.)
Also, the Town of Barre is now one parish, St. Francis of Assisi, merging St. Thomas-a-Becket and St. Joseph Church buildings into one parish that covers this farming boondox town. (Press release) Fr. James Callahan is the new pastor of the merged parish.