Bishop Malone announces several priest assignments

Bishop Richard Malone has announced the following priest assignments for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland:

The Rev. Jack Dickinson has been assigned to Corpus Christi Parish, Waterville. Dickinson was recently ordained and began his assignment as parochial vicar on June 15. He is originally from South Berwick and graduated from Theological College, Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

The Rev. Dan Baillargeon will move from Corpus Christi Parish to Good Shepherd Parish, Biddeford, where he will serve as parochial vicar effective July 7. Baillargeon was ordained in 2007 and Corpus Christi was his first assignment.

The Rev. Robert Lupo is being assigned parochial vicar at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Auburn, and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Norway, effective July 7. Since his ordination in May 2008, Lupo has served as chaplain at Maine Medical Center and parochial vicar at Good Shepherd Parish, Biddeford.

The Rev. John Mazzei is being assigned as administrator of Christ the King Parish, Skowhegan. Mazzei was born in Plymouth, N.H., and was ordained in Brazil in 1992. He has been serving in the Portland diocese since last spring when he was assigned as parochial vicar of Christ the King Parish, and Corpus Christi Parish. His new assignment is effective July 1. He has held previous assignments in Brazil, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The Rev. Arthur Pechillo has been appointed parochial vicar at St. Michael Parish, Augusta, effective June 1. Pechillo is succeeding William Modlin who retired on June 1. Pechillo most recently served as pastor at Our Lady of Good Hope, Camden, and temporary administrator of St. Francis, Belfast, before he retired in 2009. He is coming out of retirement into full-time active ministry to accept the assignment at St. Michael Parish. Pechillo also served as parochial vicar at Holy Rosary, Caribou, from 2001 to 2003. He graduated from Fordham University in 1959 and taught high school in Connecticut and Arizona from 1960 to 1997. He graduated from Pope John XXIII Seminary, Weston, Mass., in 2001.

Brother Richard ordained to permanent diaconate

Brother Raoul Richard was ordained to the permanent diaconate on June 11 at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Lewiston.

This was an unusual diaconal ordination in that Brother Richard, 67, entered the Dominican Order in 1962. After serving the friars in various ministries, he has been ministering at St. Martin de Porres Residence, a homeless shelter he founded in Lewiston 20 years ago.

His assignment from the Dominicans will be to continue his primary ministry and to fulfill sacramental duties for Prince of Peace Parish, Lewiston.

Richard was born in Lewiston, graduated from St. Dominic’s High School in Auburn and earned a certificate in pastoral studies from the LIMEX program at Loyola University New Orleans.