Effective August 1, 2016, Fr. Arokiasamy Santhiyagu, HGN, has been appointed half-time hospital chaplain at MaineGeneral Health in Augusta and half-time parochial vicar at St. Michael Parish (Sacred Heart Church, Hallowell; St. Augustine Church, Augusta; St. Denis Church, Whitefield; St. Francis Xavier Church, Winthrop; St. Joseph Church, Gardiner; St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Augusta). Fr. Santhiyagu has served as full-time parochial vicar at the parish since July 1, 2015. Ordained to the priesthood in India on December 27, 2007, Fr. Santhiyagu served as parochial vicar from 2008 to 2010 at Sacred Heart Parish in the city of Madras (now Chennai) in India. In June of 2010, he was appointed parochial vicar of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Parish in the Coimbatore Diocese, located in Tamil Nadu, India. From June of 2011 to January of 2015, he served as pastor of St. Mary Parish in the Diocese of Eluru, located in Andhra Pradesh, India. Fr. Santhiyagu was also the principal of that parish’s school.
Effective August 1, 2016, Fr. Edward R. Clifford has been appointed parochial vicar of St. Michael Parish (St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Augusta; St. Augustine Church, Augusta; St. Joseph Church, Gardiner; Sacred Heart Church, Hallowell; St. Denis Church, Whitefield; St. Francis Xavier Church, Winthrop). Since July of 2014, Fr. Clifford has served as parochial vicar for the Portland Peninsula and Island Parishes (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Portland; Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish, Portland; St. Christopher Parish, Peaks Island; St. Louis Parish, Portland; St. Peter Parish, Portland). A native of Shawmut, he attended Yarmouth High School but graduated from high school in Milford, Ohio in 1981. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Dayton in Ohio and a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Maine in Orono. In 2014, he earned a second master’s degree (divinity) from Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts. Fr. Clifford was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert P. Deeley on June 14, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. Prior to entering the seminary, he had a 20-year career in municipal government, serving local governments in executive positions in Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania; Norwich, Connecticut; and Biddeford.