Fr. Andy Sensenig, OMI Installed as Pastor of St. Gregory’s in Stka, Alaska

By Angie DelMoral and Re-Posted with Permission from the Southeast Alaska Catholic

St. Gregory parish in Sitka gathers for the installation of Fr. Andrew Sensenig, OMI as Pastor


On Sunday, November 23, 2014, Bishop Edward Burns installed Father Andrew Sensenig, OMI as the pastor at St. Gregory Nazianzen Catholic Church in Sitka. Very Reverend Bill Antone, OMI, Provincial, from Washington D.C. and Father Patrick Casey, OMI of Juneau were also present for the installation and Mass.

Special moments during the installation ceremony included Bishop Burns presenting Father Andy with the official church seal and keys to the church, and formally introducing Father Andy to St. Gregory’s staff, pastoral council, and congregation. Father Andy also made a Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity, which was followed by a procession to the baptistry, confessional, ambo, ambry, tabernacle, and presidential chair, where the bishop entrusted Father Andy with the ministries that each symbolizes.

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Fr. Andy holds the late Fr. Jim Blaney’s ordination chalice—a symbolic reminder to Father Andy to continue the missionary efforts and good work of his Oblate brothers, Father Jim and Father Paul Wightman, OMI, who served at St. Gregory’s before him.

L-R Fr. Pat Casey, OMI, Bishop Edward Burns, Fr. Andy, Fr. Bill Antone, OMI, U.S. Provincial