Father Kitsmiller appointed Rector at Saint Joseph Cathedral




I am very pleased to announce that Father Bob Kitsmiller has accepted my appointing him to serve as the new Rector of Saint Joseph Cathedral.  Father Kitsmiller also serves as the Judicial Vicar for the Diocese and will continue serving in that capacity. He is in the process of transitioning from Saint John the Baptist and Sacred Heart parishes in Columbus; given the timing of this change and the complexity of the Columbus Italian Festival (October 7-13 at Saint John the Baptist Church – mark your calendars!) Father Kitsmiller will continue his role with the Festival and begin a period of transition.

I am impressed with Father Bob’s strong work ethic, pastoral demeanor and approach to parish ministry; I am confident that he will do very well as Rector at the Mother Church of our Diocese. I want to thank Father Kitsmiller for accepting this appointment as Cathedral Rector, with these added duties during this period of transition from Saint John the Baptist parish and Sacred Heart parish where he has served as Administrator.

With Father Kitsmiller’s new assignment I am happy to announce that I am appointing Father Adam Streitenberger Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, continuing as parochial vicar at Saint Joseph Cathedral. In case you are unaware Father Adam recently received his Licentiate degree in Pastoral Theology with focus on the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart seminary in Detroit. I want to put that degree to work for the benefit of our Diocese, so I have also appointed Father Adam Bishop’s Coordinator for Evangelization, working with me and others as we plan for the future of our Diocese.

I am also happy to announce that I have appointed Deacon Frank Iannarino to serve as Deacon Administrator of Saint John the Baptist Church. Serving as Deacon Administrator is nothing new to Deacon Frank – I understand he did an excellent job in this same capacity at Saint John/Holy Rosary and Saint Dominic parishes.  His appointment will become effective on August 5.  Thank you Deacon Frank for your service.

Over the past few years, beginning with Bishop Campbell, we have been reaching out and engaging in dialogue with various men’s and women’s religious orders to increase the presence of religious in our Diocese. I appreciate the work of various religious communities as the charisms of these orders and congregations are an important part of our Church.  I hope to increase the number of religious orders and congregations in our Diocese. With that in mind I have appointed Father Stash Dailey Vicar for Religious. Father Stash will work with me to ensure constant communications with members of religious orders and congregations in our Diocese, and also to identify and engage in dialogue with additional men’s and women’s religious orders that we believe would flourish in our Diocese.

Like the Gospel message this Sunday of Martha and Mary and their encounter with Jesus, we need to make the teachings of Christ our priority. “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased – listen to Him” as God said to those on Mount Tabor during the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ.  As we continue our various ministries to build up Christ’s Kingdom here on earth – especially here in the Diocese of Columbus – may we all be like Mary and listen attentively to the words of Jesus so that we may live our lives accordingly. 

God bless, and try to stay out of the heat!

+Bishop Robert Brennan