Parish to remain under diocesan jurisdiction
It was announced today that Reverend Father Joel Kiefer of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) will become the pastor of the National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Baltimore effective August 1, 2017. The announcement was made during Holy Mass at St. Alphonsus on Sunday morning, July 9, by Reverend Father William Spacek, who will remain as parochial administrator for the remainder of the month of July.
The appointment of Fr. Kiefer ensures that Baltimore Catholics will continue to have permanent access to the Traditional Mass and Sacraments at St. Alphonsus after the retirement earlier this year of Reverend Monsignor Arthur Bastress. In addition, a priest will be appointed to offer the Novus Ordo Mass to the English- and Lithuanian-speaking parishioners of St. Alphonsus. The parish will remain within the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Fr. Kiefer, a 1992 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, previously served as pastor of the Fraternity’s North American Martyrs parish in Seattle.