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Emerging Models of Leadership

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2008–Present


Deacon Phil Runser was Parish Life Coordinator of St. Anthony from 2008-2010. Fr. Ed Anderson and Fr. Don Kania served as Pariochial Vicars. In 2010 Deacon Tim Kuehn served briefly as administrator until Monsignor Phil Heslin was appointed Supervising Pastor until Fr. Kania was appointed full-time Pastor in 2012.

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Emerging Models of Leadership

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Due to the shortage of priests in the diocese, the diocese in the 2000′s expanded the number of parishes being served by Parish Life Coordinators who were entrusted with a share in the pastoral care of the parishes in their cluster (cf. canon 517.2). Although “full care of souls” is entrusted to priests (canon 150), partial care came to be viewed as a responsibility that can be shared by many, including laity, deacons, and vowed religious.

This model is generally considered an alternative to closing or merging parishes. While each parish would prefer to have its own pastor and living in their rectory, most parishes where this model is being used are satisfied with Parish Life Coordinators realizing that their parish can remain open.

Formation of the SAS-SALN-SW Tri-Cluster

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2008


On August 3, 2008, St. Anthony Parish in Superior (SAS) was clustered with St. Anthony Parish in Lake Nebagamon (SALN) and St. William Parish in Patterson Park (SW).

Bishop Peter Christensen appointed newly ordained Deacon Phil Runser as Parish Life Coordinator of the tri-cluster with newly ordained Father Edwin Anderson as parochial vicar.

Although both of these clergy had their ardent supporters, many parishioners of the three parishes struggled in adapting to the new model. Some were embittered by the process by which the three churches were clustered and so became members of St. Francis of Xavier or the Cathedral of Christ the King. Some stopped going to church altogether.

Rotating Mass Schedule

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2008


One of the changes that was not well received was the rotating Mass Schedule. Because each of the three parishes wanted a “prime time” for Sunday morning Mass, a compromise was issued in which the parishes would rotate their times for weekend Masses every four months.

Parish as Training Ground for New Priests

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2009


Although some parishioners believed that the parish was a training ground for new priests, it is unclear whether or not this was the intention of the diocese. Nonetheless, after completing his first year as a priest, on July 1, 2009, Bishop Peter Christensen appointed Father Anderson as Parochial Administrator of St. Francis de Sales parish in Spooner, and newly ordained Father Don Kania became parochial vicar of the three parishes in the tri-cluster. Deacon Runser remained in the challenging role as the pastoral leader of the parish and the one responsible for its administration.

Fr. Philip Heslin Appointed Supervising Pastor

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2010


Father Philip Heslin, formerly Moderator of the Curia of the Diocese of Superior, is appointed Supervising Pastor of the cluster in January 2010. At the same time, Fr. Kania was appointed Associate Pastor. Nine months later, St. William was reclustered back with Holy Assumption, leaving only the two St. Anthony parishes in the cluster.

 
Father Heslin Given the Title of Monsignor

Father Heslin received the honorary title of Monsignor on June 27 (also receiving it is Father Edward G. Meulemans). This is the first time in nearly 60 years that the Diocese of Superior has given the investiture.

Fr. Lee Flaherty Celebrates Golden Jubilee

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2011


frlee frleeflaherty2Fr. Don Kania, Monsignor Phil Heslin and Fr. Dean Buttrick concelebrated Mass on July 10, 2011 at St. Anthony with Fr. Lee Faherty who celebrated a Golden Jubilee Mass for family and friends. Fr. Don gave the homily: The Impossible Dream, a song Fr. Lee specifically chose for the occasion.