New priests assigned to Augusta

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Nearly a quarter of priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah are taking up new assignments next month.

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Augustan Kevin O'Keefe will be appointed parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Church in Warner Robins, Ga.
Augustan Kevin O'Keefe will be appointed parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Church in Warner Robins, Ga.

The Rev. Gregory J. Hartmayer, bishop of the Diocese of Savannah, announced the following appointments:

• The Rev. John Reynolds Ha Tran arrives to serve as parochial vicar of St. Teresa of Avila in Grovetown, with a ministry for the Vietnamese community in Augusta.

• The Rev. Richard Hart will return to his native Augusta upon retirement.

• The Rev. Scott Winchel will leave his post at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church in order to become the pastor at St. Theresa Church in Cordele, Ga.

• Avery Hanna will be appointed parochial vicar of St. Mary after he is ordained a priest June 1. Hanna was born and raised on Grand Bahama Island. He will complete his schooling at Blessed John XXIII Seminary in Weston, Mass., this spring.

Two Augusta natives will also be ordained June 1. Upon ordination:

• Jacob Almeter will be appointed parochial vicar of St. Anne Church in Columbus, Ga. Almeter was born and raised in Augusta, and attended Alleluia Community School.

Before seminary, Almeter studied to earn a degree in criminal justice and planned for a career with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as a game warden. After finishing seminary at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Md., this spring, Almeter will be ordained a priest for the Diocese of Savannah by Bishop Gregory Hartmayer at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah.

• Kevin O’Keefe will be appointed parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Church in Warner Robins, Ga. The Augusta native will also be ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah.

He is a graduate of Alleluia Community School and received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Thomas More College in Merrimack, N.H., and a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from l’Institut d’Etudes Théologiques in Brussels, Belgium. He is currently in seminary at the Theological College of the Catholic University of America.

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mr_shinn
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mr_shinn 05/17/13 - 01:15 pm
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Augusta native?

I believe Jacob Almeter was born and raised in Dearing, GA.

NFPC
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NFPC 05/17/13 - 02:55 pm
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Congratulations and Gratitude

Father Tony Cutcher, president, the board of directors and staff of the National Federation of Priests' Councils, congratulate the Rev Mr. Almeter and the Rev Mr. O'Keefe on their impending ordination to the priesthood. We also wish to congratulate all the priests of the diocese of Savannah for their new assignments and thank them for their ceaseless efforts. Ad multos anos! (The priests of the diocese of Savannah are cherished members of the National Federation of Priests' Councils, a national organization head-quartered in Chicago.)

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InChristLove 05/17/13 - 06:41 pm
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According to his own bio "I

According to his own bio "I was born in Augusta, GA in 1984. I am one of six children. I grew up as a country boy, hunting, fishing, and working construction. My family is part of the Alleluia Community where I also went to school at the Alleluia Community School in Augusta, GA. After high school I went to Christendom College for one year, then transferred to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and graduated with an associates in Criminal Justice."

http://www.diosav.org/deacons2012-almeter

Could it possibly be another Jacob Almeter you are thinking of Mr_Shinn?

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Sean Moores 05/20/13 - 08:46 am
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@ mr_shinn and ICL

Kelly is checking on this. We will correct it if necessary.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 05/20/13 - 02:22 pm
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The story is correct.

The information was taken from a bio written by Fr. Almeter. His parents live in Dearing now.

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