Official Appointments

Below are the most recent appointments of Most Reverend Stephen J. Berg. Newest are at the top. 

Office of the Chancellor
Reverend Matthew Wertin, Chancellor


September 13, 2017

Reverend Monsignor Edward Nuñez is transferring from his parish assignment to full-time work at the Catholic Pastoral Center, with all the faculties of a priest in the Diocese of Pueblo for pastoral ministry, effective September 29, 2017.

Reverend Michael Chrisman has been appointed Pastor of the Shrine of St. Therese
Parish in Pueblo. This appointment is for six (6) years, and takes effect on September
29, 2017.

Reverend Uju Patrick Okeahialam, CSSp has been appointed Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Alamosa. This appointment is for six (6) years, and takes effect on
September 29, 2017.

Reverend Doug Hunt, CR, has been appointed Parish Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Durango. This appointment is effective September 29, 2017 and remains in effect for an indefinite period of time.

Reverend Salvador Cisneros, CR, has been appointed Associate Pastor (Parochial Vicar) of Sacred Heart Parish in Durango. This appointment is effective September 29, 2017 and remains in effect for an indefinite period of time.

The following priests, while remaining in their current assignments, will go from serving as Parish Administrator to Pastor. For each of them, the appointment is for six (6) years, and takes effect on September 29, 2017:

Reverend Andrés Ayala Santiago, for St. Peter Parish, Gunnison; Queen of All Saints Parish, Crested Butte; and St. Rose of Lima Mission in Lake City.

Reverend Paul Ekeh for St. Peter, Rocky Ford, St. Peter, Ordway, Mary Queen of Heaven Mission, Fowler.

Reverend Albeiro Herrera-Ciro, for Saint Michael Parish, Delta; St. Philip Benizi Mission, Cedaredge.

Reverend Chrysogonus Nwele, for Sacred Heart Parish, Fruita.

Reverend Stephen Olamolu for St. Mary of Sorrows Parish, Walsenburg, St. Anthony of Padua, Aguilar, Christ the King Mission, La Veta and Sacred Heart Mission, Gardner.

Reverend Kenny Udumka, CSSp, for Immaculate Heart of Mary and Pope John Paul II Parish, Pagosa Springs; with Missions.

Reverend Nicodemus Urassa, for Sacred Heart Parish, Paonia; St. Margaret Mary Mission, Hotchkiss.

Reverend Henry Wertin, for Our Lady of Guadalupe / Saint Patrick Parish, La Junta; Saint Mary Parish in Las Animas.

Reverend Mariusz Wirkowski, for Saint Francis de Sales/Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Lamar; Saint Frances of Rome Parish, Holly; Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish, Springfield.

August 17, 2017

Deacon Daniel Leetch has been appointed as Director for Permanent Deacons of the Diocese of Pueblo, serving at the Bishop's discretion, in collaboration with the Vicar for Clergy. This appointment is effective August 4, 2017 and remains in effect for an indeterminate period of time, or until revoked

Deacon Michael Anderson has been assigned to Saint Peter Parish, Gunnision, Colorado. In addition to his primary duties, he has been entrusted to the non-parochial position of Western State Newman Club. This appointment is in effect as of August 4, 2017 and remains in effect for an indeterminate period of time.

Deacon Corey Compton has been assigned to Christ the King Parish, Pueblo, Colorado. In addition to his primary duties, he has been entrusted to the non-parochial position of Hospital Ministry. This appointment is in effect as of August 4, 2017 and remains in effect for an indeterminate period of time.

Deacon Mario Diaz has been assigned to Saint Mary Parish, Montrose, Colorado. In addition to his primary duties, he has been entrusted to the non-parochial position of Nursing Home Ministry. This appointment is in effect as of August 4, 2017 and remains in effect for an indeterminate period of time.

Deacon Luke Konantz has been assigned to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Grand Junction, Colorado. In addition to his primary duties, he has been entrusted to the non-parochial position of Colorado Mesa University Newman Club. This appointment is in effect as of August 4, 2017 and remains in effect for an indeterminate period of time.

Deacon Richard Madison has been assigned to Saint Benedict Parish, Florence, Colorado. In addition to his primary duties, he has been entrusted to the non-parochial position of Hospice Ministry. This appointment is in effect as of August 4, 2017 and remains in effect for an indeterminate period of time.

Deacon Jose Pacheco has been assigned to Saint Mary Parish, Montrose, Colorado. In addition to his primary duties, he has been entrusted to the non-parochial position of Jail Ministry. His appointment is in effect as of August 4, 2017 and remains in effect for an indeterminate period of time.

Deacon Robert Sanchez has been assigned to Holy Family Parish, Pueblo, Colorado. In addition to his primary duties, he has been entrusted to the non-parochial position of High School John Newman Club. This appointment in in effect as of August 4, 2017 and remains in effect for an indeterminate period of time.

February 7, 2017

Upon consultation with the Presbyteral Council and the Council of Deans, Bishop Berg has decreed that the two former existing Deaneries, Pueblo South and Pueblo North, are now merged into one united body, designated the Pueblo Deanery.

Reverend Joseph Vigil is appointed to serve as Dean of the Pueblo Deanery following all the norms of the Canon Laws and the statutes of the Diocesan statues of Deans and Deaneries.

This decree is effective January 31, 2017.

January 11, 2017

Reverend Steven Murray has been appointed Dean of the La Junta Deanery. This appointment takes effect January 9, 2017.

Reverend Isaac Kariuki has been appointed Sacramental Minister of St. Joseph Parish in Grand Junction, Colorado, in conjunction with his current assignment. This appointment takes effect January 9, 2017.

December 14, 2016

Reverend Michael Papesh has been granted retirement from active ministry, effective January 9, 2017. 

Reverend John Ozella has been appointed Pastor of Christ the King Parish in Pueblo, Colorado. This appointment takes effect January 9, 2017.

Reverend Matthew Wertin has been appointed Pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Pueblo, Colorado. This appointment takes effect January 9, 2017.

Reverend Henry Wertin has been appointed Parish Administrator of Our Lady of Guadalupe/St. Patrick Parish in La Junta, Colorado, and St. Mary Parish in
Las Animas, Colorado. This appointment takes effect January 9, 2017.

July/August 2016

Rev. Carlos Alvarez has been appointed Pastor of St. Joseph's Parish in Grand Junction.  This appointment takes effect August 8, 2016.

Rev. Edmundo Valera has been appointed Pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Pueblo West.  This appointment takes effect August 8, 2016.

Rev. Msgr. Ed Nunez has been appointed Episcopal Vicar for Clergy.  This appointment is effective immediately.

After due consultation and prayerful reflection, and to provide more suitably for the care of souls, I am pleased to announce the newly elected or appointed members of the Presbyteral Council for the Diocese of Pueblo:

Msgr. Jim King, Vicar General
Msgr. Ed Nuñez, Vicar for Clergy
Rev. Matthew Wertin, Chancellor
Msgr. Jim Koenigsfeld
Msgr. Tom Adrians
Rev. Joe Vigil
Rev. Pat Valdez, CR
Rev. Steve Murray
Rev. Albiero Herrera-Ciro
Rev. Stephen Olamolu
Rev. Don Malin