Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that Father Bill Gahagan, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Norris, is taking a medical leave of absence.
“Effective Jan. 1, 2013, Father Bill Gahagan has, at his request, begun a six-month medical leave of absence. Father Gahagan will continue to celebrate daily and weekend Masses at St. Joseph Church; however, I have appointed Deacon Dan Hosford as pastoral associate and Deacon Hosford will take care of the administrative needs of the parish. Father Bill will continue to live in the rectory in Norris.
“As you may know, Father Bill recently had a heart procedure and has requested this medical leave to enable him to more fully focus on his health. Please keep Father Bill in your prayers as he is a treasured member of our presbyterate! Please also keep Deacon Dan in your prayers as he serves the good people of St. Joseph in his new role as well,” Bishop Stika said