Msgr. King retires from chancery work; Msgr. Nunez appointed vicar general

Monsignor James E. King has announced his retirement from the positions of vicar general, chief financial officer and other positions related to the diocese. The official date of his retirement was November 1, 2017. Msgr. King will continue to serve as pastor of Our Lady of the Meadows and Holy Rosary in Pueblo. 

Since his ordination by Bishop Charles Buswell in 1971, Msgr. King has served graciously in the diocese in Montrose, Grand Junction, Gunnison, Alamosa, Florence, Canon City and Pueblo. As he has served in various crucial advisory capacities over the years, his contributions to the temporal and spiritual stability of the church in southern Colorado are significant.  

Bishop Berg wishes especially to express his personal appreciation for these past three years of their work together in the chancery. “Monsignor King has set a high example of priesthood for the diocese, of care and sacrifice for God’s people, a true measure of devotion to Jesus Christ. Monsignor Jim, on behalf of the diocese, and humbly as your bishop, I express gratitude for your selfless service. I plan to continue to call on you for certain projects which will need your insight and guidance into the future.”   

Monsignor Edward Nunez has been appointed vicar general to Bishop Stephen Berg, Diocese of Pueblo. Msgr. Nunez is currently, and will continue to serve as vicar for clergy. He will serve full time in this dual capacity at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Pueblo. Msgr. Nunez previously held these positions from 1992 through 2003, after serving as moderator of the curia and chancellor from 1986 through 1992. 

Msgr. Nunez’ wealth of knowledge and experience, having served as a pastor from Fruita to Lamar, will provide the knowledge necessary to help address the needs of the Diocese of Pueblo. His former experience in these positions, as the chair of the Bishop’s Presbyteral Council, and as vicar forane of the Pueblo South Deanery also gives him the unique ability to be effective in his service to Bishop Berg.