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Bishop Deeley Announces Two Priest Assignments and a Retirement

PORTLAND---Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced two additional priest assignments and a retirement with effective dates noted:

Assignments

Effective September 1, 2017, Fr. John D. Dickinson has been appointed parochial vicar of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish (Holy Family Church, Sanford; Notre Dame Church, Springvale) and St. Matthew Parish in Limerick. He will also serve in the Tribunal for the Diocese of Portland, which is the court of the bishop that adjudicates ecclesiastical judicial cases, including marriage annulment cases. Since August of 2015, Fr. Dickinson has pursued advanced studies at the School of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Marshwood High School in South Berwick, Fr. Dickinson earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Providence College in Rhode Island and completed his clerical studies at the Theological College at The Catholic University of America. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Richard J. Malone on May 28, 2011, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. In June of 2011, Fr. Dickinson was appointed parochial vicar at Corpus Christi Parish (Notre Dame Church, Waterville; Sacred Heart Church, Waterville; St. John the Baptist Church, Winslow; St. Helena Church, Belgrade Lakes). In August of 2013, he was named parochial vicar at Good Shepherd Parish (Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco; St. Joseph Church, Biddeford; St. Margaret Church, Old Orchard Beach; St. Philip Church, Lyman; St. Brendan Church, Biddeford Pool), where he served until departing for Washington, D.C.


Effective September 1, 2017, Fr. Philip A. Tracy has been appointed pastor of St. Matthew Parish in Limerick. This appointment is in addition to his current assignment as pastor of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish (Holy Family Church, Sanford; Notre Dame Church, Springvale). As part of the cluster plan developed by the diocese in 2006, St. Thérèse of Lisieux and St. Matthew parishes were to be shepherded under the care of one pastor, with the assistance of a parochial vicar, upon the retirement of Fr. Albert B. Colpitts (retirement announcement below). A native of South Portland, Fr. Tracy graduated from Cheverus High School in Portland and received a bachelor’s degree from Bates College in Lewiston. He completed his clerical studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Amedee W. Proulx on May 28, 1988, at Holy Cross Church in South Portland. Fr. Tracy’s first pastoral assignment was as parochial vicar at St. John the Baptist Parish in Winslow. In July of 1990, Fr. Tracy was appointed parochial vicar at St. Bernard Parish in Rockland and associate chaplain of the state prison. In August of 1992, he was named parochial vicar at St. John Parish in Bangor, where he served until being named pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in St. Francis and St. John Parish in St. John in July of 1994. In July of 1997, Fr. Tracy was appointed chaplain at his alma mater, Bates College, as well as Bowdoin College in Brunswick. From 1998 to 2010, he served as pastor and administrator at churches in the Waterville area and in 2007 was also named pastor of Christ the King Parish in Skowhegan. In August of 2010, Fr. Tracy was appointed pastor of Holy Savior Parish in Rumford. In August of 2012, Fr. Tracy was named pastor of St. Thérѐse of Lisieux Parish, where he serves today. In addition to his parish assignments, Fr. Tracy served as the state chaplain for the Knights of Columbus from 2006 to 2016 and was an elected member of the Diocesan Council of Priests. In August of 2016, he was named vicar forane for Vicariate VI (St. Thérѐse of Lisieux Parish, Sanford; Holy Spirit Parish, Wells; St. Matthew Parish, Limerick; Parish of the Ascension of the Lord, Kittery).


Retirement
Effective September 1, 2017, Fr. Albert B. Colpitts will retire from active ministry, due to health. Fr. Colpitts currently serves as the administrator of St. Matthew Parish in Limerick. Born in Biddeford on August 25, 1942, Fr. Colpitts attended St. Mary’s School and Biddeford High School. He completed his clerical studies at Holy Apostles Seminary/College in Cromwell, Connecticut; Niagara University’s Seminary of Our Lady of Angels in Albany, New York; and St. Paul’s Seminary in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was ordained to the diaconate on April 9, 1972, in Ottawa. Fr. Colpitts was ordained to the priesthood on June 2, 1973, by Bishop Peter L. Gerety at St. Patrick Church in Lewiston. His first pastoral assignment was as assistant pastor of St. Martin of Tours Parish in Millinocket. In November of 1974, Fr. Colpitts was appointed assistant pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Waterville, where he would serve until being named associate pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Augusta in June of 1979. In October of 1982, he was appointed associate pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in South Portland. In August of 1986, Fr. Colpitts was named parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish in Lewiston, as well as temporary administrator of St. Ambrose Parish in Richmond and St. Dominic Parish in Portland. In August of 1987, he was appointed pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna Parish in Norway. In July of 1996, Fr. Colpitts was named pastor of St. Edmund Parish in Westbrook. In July of 1998, he was appointed pastor of St. Christopher Parish in York, where he would serve until July of 2006, when he was named administrator of St. Matthew Parish in Limerick.