Fr Antony Vattakkunnel cmi appointed as Priest in Residence, Coonamble
Bishop Michael McKenna recently announced some changes affecting the Parishes of Gulgong and Coonamble. From September, Father Antony Vattakkunnel cmi, currently serving in the Parishes of Gulgong, Mudgee and Kandos, will take up residence in Coonamble to care for the people there.
“In the care of the people of our Diocese, I need to keep in constant review where our small number of active priests are most needed”, said Bishop Michael. “For many years, the people of Coonamble have not had a resident priest. I pay tribute to the generous service of Fathers Greg Kennedy and Reynold Jaboneta who have looked after Coonamble in addition to their responsibilities in Coonabarabran”.
“With the agreement of Father Jaboneta, Coonamble’s administrative needs will continue to be supplied by Coonabarabran. I am also grateful to Father Tony Hennessy for his willingness to shoulder the responsibility for Mudgee, Gulgong and Kandos on his own”.
Bishop Michael said “I know the people of Gulgong will miss Fr Antony and ask that the people of Coonamble give him a great welcome and every co-operation. I also ask you to continue your prayers that God may raise up more priests from our Diocese and that the priests we have may be fully supported”.