New Year’s Eve, 7 to 8 p.m., Praise and Worship service at Stevens Avenue Congregational Church, 790 Stevens Ave, Portland. Open to all.


Native American Spirituality and Values, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., sponsored by ChIME and held at Friends Meetinghouse, 1837 Forest Ave., Portland. The fee is $60. Register at or call 347-6740.


Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced the following priest assignments:

Effective Dec. 28, Father Paul H. Dumais, 42, has been appointed chaplain at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion and St. Mary’s Residence, all in Lewiston. He currently divides his time as chaplain at Central Maine Medical Center and as parochial vicar at Prince of Peace Parish, both in Lewiston. Priests from local parishes will continue to provide chaplaincy services at the hospital until a successor can be named.

Dumais was born in Fort Kent and attended Madawaska High School. He graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, in Ohio, with a B.A. in theology and earned an M.A. in philosophy from Boston College before entering St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, where he earned a master’s in divinity and theology. He was ordained by Bishop Richard J. Malone in 2004. He has served at parishes in Waterville, Winslow, Oakland, Fairfield, Vassalboro, Bridgton, Fryeburg, Windham, Gorham and Westbrook and is currently assisting in Lewiston. Dumais also has been active in campus ministry as a chaplain at Bates College and Saint Joseph College and in prison ministry as a chaplain at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.

Also effective Dec. 28, Jonathan Hoffman, a lay chaplain who assists Dumais at CMMC, will increase his work hours to help assess and triage patients, enabling priests to best meet the patients’ pastoral needs. Hoffman studied theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore and has also completed a yearlong assignment of supervised ministry in a hospital setting.

Effective Jan. 1, Father D. Joseph Manship, the chaplain at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion and St. Mary’s Residence, will retire from active ministry. Born in Caribou in 1945, Manship attended high school in Moncton, New Brunswick, Caribou and Boston. He received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Ottawa before earning a B.A. in theology and a master’s in pastoral studies from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa. He also attended the School of Spiritual Direction at Benedictine Abbey in Pecos, New Mexico, where he was certified as a charismatic spiritual director, and Emmanuel College in Boston, where he earned a master’s in clinical pastoral counseling. Manship was ordained by Bishop Edward C. O’Leary in 1976 and served as associate pastor at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Brunswick and St. Mary Parish in Bangor before being appointed temporary administrator of St. Mary Parish in Westbrook in 1998. In 1999, he was named pastor of St. Mary Parish. In addition to his pastoral duties at St. Mary, in 2003 and 2004, respectively, Manship was appointed pastor of St. Edmund Parish and St. Hyacinth Parish, both in Westbrook. In 2005, he became administrator of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Saco, a parish he served before assuming his current assignments in Lewiston in June 2007.

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