Bishop Robert Deeley, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Maine has announced that he has appointed a new priest to the parishes in Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, Bucksport and Blue Hill.

Father Benedict Olusegun Faneye, OP, has been appointed as parochial vicar of Stella Maris Parish (St. Vincent de Paul Church, Bucksport; Our Lady of Holy Hope Church, Castine; St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Stonington), St. Joseph Parish (St. Joseph Church, Ellsworth; Blue Hill Mission, Blue Hill; Our Lady of the Lake Mission, Green Lake; St. Margaret Chapel, Winter Harbor), and Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord (Holy Redeemer Church, Bar Harbor; St. Peter Church, Manset; St. Ignatius Church, Northeast Harbor).

Originally from Nigeria, Fr. Benedict has spent many years of study and ministry in the United States. He is a member of the Dominican Fathers and Brothers of the Province of St. Joseph the Worker, Nigeria and Ghana. Fr. Benedict began formation with the Dominicans in 1985 and was ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 1994. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria; a master of divinity degree from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of studies in Washington, D.C.; a licentiate in moral philosophy from The Catholic University of America, also in Washington, D.C.; and a doctorate in health-care ethics from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 1994, in Baltimore, Maryland. His brother, also a priest, is a member of the Missionary Society of St. Paul.

Since his ordination, Fr. Benedict has served as a hospital and nursing home chaplain; a lecturer in bioethics, moral philosophy, and moral theology at the Dominican Institute in Nigeria; a member of the Institutional Ethics Committee of Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; an administrator in the Dominican Development and Missions Office in Maryland; and as parochial vicar at a church in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, his final assignment before arriving in the Diocese of Portland.

Source - Diocese of Portland Maine