Bishop Deeley Announces Seven Priest Assignments and a Retirement

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Assignments: Fr. Robert L. Lupo has been appointed pastor of Our Lady of the Snows Parish (St. Anne Church, Dexter; St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Dover-Foxcroft; SS Francis Xavier & Paul the Apostle Church, Milo) and St. Agnes Parish in Pittsfield. He currently serves as parochial vicar at All Saints Parish (St. Charles Borromeo Church, Brunswick; St. John the Baptist Church, Brunswick; St. Mary Church, Bath; Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Boothbay Harbor; St. Katharine Drexel Church, Harpswell; St. Ambrose Church, Richmond; and St. Patrick Church, Newcastle). A native of Caribou, Fr. Lupo attended Caribou High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern Maine. He completed his clerical studies at Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts, and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Richard J. Malone on May 16, 2008, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. His first assignment was as a chaplain at Maine Medical Center in Portland before being appointed parochial vicar at Good Shepherd Parish in Saco in November of 2008. In July of 2011, he was named parochial vicar at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Auburn and St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Norway. In June of 2013, Fr. Lupo was appointed pastor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Calais, where he served until July of 2015, when he was named parochial vicar of All Saints Parish in Brunswick.

Retirement: Fr. Francis P. Morin will retire from active ministry. Fr. Morin is currently the pastor of St. Michael Parish (St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Augusta; St. Augustine Church, Augusta; St. Joseph Church, Gardiner; Sacred Heart Church, Hallowell; St. Denis Church, Whitefield; St. Francis Xavier Church, Winthrop). Fr. Morin is a native of St. Albans, a community in Queens, New York. The oldest child in a family of eight, he attended both public schools and St. John Grammar School in Winslow, Maine, as a child. He graduated high school from St. Joseph’s University High School in Memramcook, New Brunswick, and earned a bachelor’s degree in history from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He completed his clerical studies at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Edward C. O’Leary on May 27, 1973, at St. John the Baptist Church in Winslow. His first assignment was as assistant pastor of Holy Cross Parish in South Portland. In February of 1974, he was appointed as diocesan chaplain to the Boy Scouts of America. In September of 1975, Fr. Morin was named assistant pastor at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Brunswick. In July of 1976, he was appointed director of the Christian Life Center in Caribou and as assistant pastor at Holy Rosary Parish in Caribou. In June of 1979, Fr. Morin was named associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Lewiston, where he also served as chaplain at Bates College. In June of 1983, Fr. Morin volunteered to engage in missionary work in Latin America as an affiliate of the Society of St. James the Apostle. For five years, he ministered to Catholics in Bolivia. In August of 1988, Fr. Morin returned to Maine and was named pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Lewiston. In July of 1993, he was appointed pastor of St. Dominic Parish and Sacred Heart Parish, both in Portland. In 1998, Fr. Morin began ministry at St. Ann Church in Peter Dana Point and St. Ann Church in Pleasant Point on the Passamaquoddy reservations. He also served as a priest at St. James the Greater Church in Baileyville. In 2005, he was also named pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Calais. During this period, Fr. Morin also served at St. John the Evangelist Church in Pembroke and St. Joseph Church in Eastport. In July of 2008, in addition to his duties at these churches (which joined together to form St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish), Fr. Morin was also named administrator of St. Peter the Fisherman Parish in Machias. In January of 2009, he was appointed to his current assignment at St. Michael Parish (churches comprising parish listed above). He intends to continue exercising his priestly ministry by providing coverage in parishes as needed and through offering Masses and the sacraments in Spanish for the Hispanic community.