Update: The date for Father Jack’s installation will not take place on September 1 as this article previously stated. The new date will be announced soon.
In September, Father Jack Gleason will be installed as the vicar forane of the Tulsa South vicariate.
This article is full of church jargon. A few definitions may be useful.
- vicariate: a subdivision of a diocese
- vicar forane: a priest in charge of a vicariate, appointed by the bishp
- dean: a synonym for a vicar forane
- deanery: a synonym for a vicariate
In February of this year, Bishop David Konderla activated a new vicariate structure in the Diocese of Tulsa. He named six priests as the vicars forane of the six vicariates. Father Jack Gleason will join Fathers Stuart Crevcoure, Todd Nance, Jovita Okonkwo, Desmond Okpogba, and John O’Neill as vicars forane.
Bishop Konderla will be asking these six priests for assistance in support and administration. According to a post on dioceseoftulsa.org, Bishop hopes to see a renewed “spirit of fraternity among the priests, develop regional cooperation, and coordinate with various ministries at the Chancery.”