No relocations in new priest assignments


Four new assignments, none of them involving relocation to another parish, will take effect July 1, Bishop Martin Amos has announced.

Clockwise, from top left: Fr. Appel, Fr. DeRammelaere, Fr. Hennen, and Fr. Hodges

Father Paul Appel, JCL, 36, will become coordinator of healing and renewal ministries for the Diocese of Davenport. Fr. Appel will remain a judge in the diocesan tribunal, Vice Chancellor, and pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish in Davenport and St. Peter Parish in Buffalo.

Father Bruce DeRammelaere, 51, will become pastor of St. John Parish in Houghton and St. James Parish in St. Paul. He has been serving as administrator of both parishes since 2012.
Father Thomas Hennen, 35, will join the theology faculty part-time at Assumption High School in Davenport while remaining diocesan director of vocations.

A native of Ottumwa, Fr. Hennen graduated from St. Ambrose University and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Following his ordination to the priesthood July 10, 2004, he completed advanced studies at the North American College at the Vatican. He served as parochial vicar at Prince of Peace Parish in Clinton from 2005-10, and then as part-time parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish and campus minister at the Newman Catholic Student Center, both in Iowa City from 2010-11. He has been director of vocations since 2011.


Father Ronald Hodges, 49, will become pastor of St. Mary Parish in Grinnell. He has served as administrator there since 2012.

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