May 22, 2018
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Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland appoints local priests

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — Bishop Robert P. Deeley has named two local priests to leadership positions in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

Fr. Claude R. Gendreau will become rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Portland, according to a release from Deeley. Gendreau will oversee Masses and other events that relate to the bishop’s presence at the Cathedral.

Fr. Michael J. Seavey has been named administrator of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish, and pastor of the other Portland peninsula and island parishes, including Sacred Heart/St. Dominic, St. Louis and St. Peter’s parishes in Portland and St. Christopher Parish on Peaks Island. According to the release, Seavey will be responsible for pastoral and administrative oversight of the five parishes.

Gendreau graduated from Madawaska High School in 1973 and received his bachelors degree in religious studies from St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore in 1993, the same year he was ordained a priest. Since his ordination, he has served in a variety of roles at a number of Maine parishes, including time in Fort Kent, Waterville, St. Francis, Allagash, St. John, St. Agatha, Sinclair, Frenchville and Lewiston. He is a notary in the Diocesan Tribunal, handling annulment cases. Gendreau will continue to perform his duties as a notary while serving as the rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Seavey graduated from Portland High School in 1972. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science at what is now the University of Southern Maine and his master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota. He completed his clerical studies at Pope John XXIII Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts, and was ordained a priest in 1986. Since his ordination, Seavey also has served in parishes across Maine, including Auburn, South Portland, Bangor, Wallagrass, Biddeford, Augusta, Lewiston and Portland, where he is a parochial vicar for the Portland Peninsula and Island Parishes.

The two will take up their new roles on July 1. They succeed Fr. Louis J. Phillips, who served in both roles prior to being named interim superintendent of Maine’s Catholic schools on May 5.

“This is a new approach,” Deeley said in the release. “I have every confidence that these two very fine priests will collaborate to ensure the life of the Cathedral and other peninsula and island parishes will continue to thrive.”


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