Holy Name Parish in Ketchikan will be getting a new priest in February. The Diocese of Juneau announced this week that the Rev. Patrick Travers will leave St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Juneau to serve as the pastor of Holy Name.
He will take over when the Rev. Scott Settimo leaves Ketchikan on Feb. 9 to serve temporarily at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Wrangell before heading to Juneau.
In Juneau, Settimo will begin a time of prayerful contemplation, according to the announcement.
The change in priest assignments will affect Klawock on Prince of Wales Island, as well. The Rev. Jean Paulin Lockulu will leave St. John-by-the-Sea Parish, and will replace Travers at St. Paul in Juneau.
The new Klawock priest will be the Rev. Edmund Penisten, who has been serving in the Northern Missions.
It is customary in the Roman Catholic Church for a bishop to assign priests to new parishes every five or 10 years, according to the diocese.