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Diocese Appoints Rev. Baranski To St. Joseph/St. Stephen Church In Oswego

Submitted by the Catholic Diocese of SyracuseSyracuse, NY – Most Reverend James M. Moynihan, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, has announced three new pastoral appointments, effective August 20, 2008. The appointments are:

Rev. Andrew BaranskiRev. Andrew Baranski has been appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Church and St. Stephen Church in Oswego. Father Baranski will be succeeding Father James Cesta. who will leave for sabbatical this summer. Rev. Baranski currently serves as Assistant Chancellor of the diocese and Secretary to Bishop Moynihan. Rev. Baranski is a native of Poland. He came to the United States and entered SS Cyril & Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake and completed his theological studies at Christ the King in East Aurora, New York. He was ordained on June 6, 1992. His assignments include: Parochial Vicar of Holy Trinity Parish in Utica; Parochial Vicar of St. Mary Church in Baldwinsville; Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Utica and Pastor of St. Stephen Church in Phoenix. He also served as Director of Vocation Promotion for the Diocese of Syracuse.

Rev. Charles Opondo-Owora has been appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Church in Endicott. Father Charles will be succeeding Rev. James Serowik who was recently appointed Pastor of St. Anthony Church in Endicott. Father Charles currently serves as the Administrator of St. Thomas Church in Binghamton. Father Charles has also served as Administrator at Most Holy Rosary in Maine and Parochial Vicar of St. Ambrose in Endicott and St. Patrick Church in Binghamton. Father Charles is a native of the Diocese of Tororo, Uganda. He was ordained in July 3, 1993 and served as an Associate in four parishes as well as Pastor and Secretary to the Bishop of Tororo.

Rev. Lucian Urbaniak has been appointed Administrator of Transfiguration Church in Rome, New York. Fr. Lucian will complete his twelfth year as Pastor of St. Mark Church in Utica in July. He will be succeeding Father Mark Pasik who was recently appointed Pastor of St. Mark Church. Father Lucian had served as the Parochial Vicar of St. Mark Church prior to being named Pastor in 1996. Prior to that, Fr. Lucian also served as Parochial Vicar of St. Peter Church in Utica, and Transfiguration in Rome. Fr. Lucian is a native of Poland where he completed his theological studies. He was ordained on May 23, 1985.