Bishop Kemme announces priest assignments

Father Sixtus Ye Myint, one of the priests from Myanmar serving in the Diocese of Wichita, will retire June 20. Father Myint is pastor of three parishes in Southeast Kansas, Moline, Caney, and Sedan.
His retirement is one of the priestly assignments announced by Bishop Carl A. Kemme, most of which are effective on June 20.
Ten pastors have been given new parishes. Three priests have been named parochial vicars at parishes in Wichita or Pittsburg.
Father Chad Arnold, pastor of Holy Name Parish in Coffeyville, has been named the director of the Office of Vocations and the associate director of the St. Joseph House of Formation at St. Joseph Parish. Father Michael Simone has been named director of the St. Joseph House of formation while continuing as chancellor of the diocese.
Father Benjamin Sawyer, who has been studying in Rome for the last two years, will return as pastor of Christ the King Parish in Wichita. His assignment is effective Aug. 1.
Father Jason Borkenhagen, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Parsons, will take Father Sawyer's place in Rome.
After taking care of some personal engagements, Father Borkenhagen will leave for Rome on June 5. A week later he will begin studying Italian in Assisi, where he will be in intensive study until the end of August.
Father Borkenhagen will then begin his academic studies in Rome.
“I have always loved St. Thomas Aquinas,” he said last week, recalling several instructors who instilled a love of the church father. “The teachings of St. Thomas have always been a part of my formation as a priest. I’m really excited to have the opportunity to spend two years studying them.”
The pastor of St. Patrick Parish for 12 years will pursue advanced studies in theology and priestly formation at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, known as the Angelicum, and at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, known as Santa Croce. He will live at Casa Santa Maria, a residence for graduate priest students of the North American College in Rome.
Here is a list of the assignments.

Retirement
The Rev. Sixtus Ye Myint
– Retired Priest Status, effective June 20, 2017

Pastors
The Rev. Daniel Duling
– Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Ost, St. Rose Parish, Mount Vernon, and St. Louis Parish, Waterloo, effective June 20, 2017
The Rev. Jeffrey Fasching – Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Halstead, effective June 20, 2017
The Rev. Patrick Kotrba – Pastor, St. Paul Parish, Lyons and Holy Name Parish, Bushton, effective June 20, 2017
The Rev. Daniel Lorimer – Pastor, Holy Name, Coffeyville, Kansas, effective June 20, 2017
The Rev. Roger Lumbre – Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Cunningham, St. Leo Parish, St. Leo, St. Peter Parish, Willowdale and St. John Parish, Zenda, effective June 20, 2017
The Rev. Matthew Marney – Pastor, Church of the Holy Spirit, Goddard, effective June 20, 2017
The Rev. Curtis Robertson – Pastor, St. Patrick Parish, Parsons, effective June 20, 2017
The Rev. Benjamin Sawyer – Pastor, Christ the King Parish, Wichita, effective Aug. 1, 2017
The Rev. Robert Spencer – Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Moline, St Robert Parish, Sedan, Sacred Heart Parish, Caney and Part time Chaplain, St. Dismas Ministry to the Incarcerated, effective June 20, 2017
The Rev. Aaron Spexarth – Pastor, Holy Cross Parish, Hutchinson and Holy Trinity Parish, Little River, effective June 20, 2017

Parochial Vicar
The Rev. Devin Burns
– Parochial vicar, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Pittsburg, Kansas, effective June 20, 2017
The Rev. Joshua Evans – Parochial vicar, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Wichita, effective June 20, 2017
The Rev. Andy Walsh – Parochial vicar, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Wichita, effective June 20, 2017

Chaplains and Special Assignments
The Rev. Chad Arnold
– Director of Office of Vocations and Associate Director of St. Joseph House of Formation, effective June 20, 2017
The Rev. Jason Borkenhagen – Advanced Studies in Theology and Priestly Formation attending courses at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) and the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce). Residing at the Casa Santa Maria for graduate priest students/North American College, Rome, Italy, Effective, June 1, 2017
The Rev. Samuel Brand – Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, continuing as Chaplain of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, effective June 20, 2017
The Rev. Curtis Hecker – Chaplain, Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, effective June 20, 2017
The Rev. Michael Nolan – Chaplain, McConnell Air Force Base, Diocesan Coordinator of Rite of Christian Initiation, continuing in service to Diocesan Tribunal and Office of Worship, effective June 20, 2017
The Rev. Michael Simone – Director of St. Joseph House of Formation and continuing as Chancellor of the Diocese of Wichita, effective June 20, 2017
The Rev. Joseph Tatro – Full time service, Cana Counseling Department, Catholic Charities of Wichita, effective June 20, 2017
The Rev. David Voss – Full time, Chaplain, St. Pius X Student Center, with residence at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Pittsburg, Kansas, effective June 20, 2017