From the Office of Bishop Gregory Bittman

From the Office of Bishop Gregory Bittman

Dear Priests, Religious Sisters, Deacons, Parish/Diocesan/Schools Staff, and Parishioners,

Peace! I share with you the following news from Bishop’s office:

With gratitude and appreciation for his service, the Diocese of Nelson bids farewell to Fr. Nino Tuyo after five years of dedicated ministry in the Fruitvale/Rossland parishes. Fr. Nino returns to his home Diocese of Legazpi at the end of June. Thank you Fr. Nino and may God continue to bless you and your ministry in the Church! Safe travels home!

The Diocese of Nelson welcomes Fr. Xaviour Mulakkampilli Chakku, CMI, who comes to us from the Congregation of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, Preshitha Coimbatore Province, India. Fr. Xaviour recently served in Kenya since 2010. We are very grateful for his service for the next five years. For the next two weeks until his assignment is given, Fr. Xaviour will be at ICC Parish in Kelowna learning about the diocese under the mentorship of Fr. Sebastian Puthenpura and Fr. Cerlouie Jimenez.

With gratitude and appreciation for his service, the Diocese of Nelson bids farewell to Fr. Ron Dechant who, in his retirement, has served as a replacement priest for several years. Fr. Ron now resides in Mission, BC. May God bless Fr. Ron in his new home!

Bishop Gregory extends to everyone his gratitude for the cooperation and collaboration to manage through the COVID-19 pandemic with all of the changes in public health orders that affected worship, gatherings, education, etc. May the pandemic remain a distant memory ever after.

Bishop Gregory is also thankful for everyone who participated in the Synodal process and is pleased to report that the Diocesan Synthesis will be submitted in the next few days. The synthesis will be available to everyone via parish bulletins and websites in due time.

After a busy spring of travel around the diocese, Bishop Gregory has confirmed many young people and congratulates each and every one of them! May the Holy Spirit be with each of them to renew and strengthen them in their commitment to follow Jesus Christ.

On behalf of Bishop Gregory and the staff of the Pastoral Centre, have a safe and happy summer!

Kim Jacobs,
The Bishop’s Executive Assistant