New and visiting priests help fill posts in the diocese

Charleston—Several priests from different nations have received new assignments around the Diocese of Charleston in recent months.

They bring different skills and experiences to their work of spreading the Gospel.

Father Gustavo Corredor is parochial vicar for Our Lady of the Hills and St. John Neumann churches in Columbia, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Camden.

A native of Colombia, he was ordained in 1991 for the Diocese of Garagoa, where he was a parochial vicar and pastor at several parishes. He also worked as a teacher and communications director.

Before coming to South Carolina, he served in parishes and was the director of Hispanic ministry for the Diocese of Rockford, Ill. He previously was parochial vicar for St. John of the Cross in Batesburg-Leesville.

Father Johnbosco Duraisamy, the parochial vicar at Stella Maris Church on Sullivan’s Island, was born in Cuddapah, India. He attended seminary there, was ordained in 1987 and is a priest of the Diocese of Cuddapah.

Father Duraisamy has served as a parochial vicar at parishes in India and New York, and held several leadership positions in India at a commission on youth and laity, a communications center, orphanage and Catholic high school.

From 1992-97, he coordinated the sponsorship program for the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging in Kansas City, Kan.

Father Venance Max Kishe, parochial vicar at Blessed Sacrament Church in Charleston, and St. John Church in North Charleston, is from the Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica.

He was born in Tanzania, studied in Kenya and Rome, and was ordained in Jamaica in 1997. There, he taught in schools and colleges before coming to the United States. He worked in the Diocese of Springfield, Mass., prior to South Carolina.

Father Casmir Maduakor is the new parochial vicar at St. Peter Church in Beaufort. He previously served as supply priest in residence at St. Theresa the Little Flower Church in Summerville and as parochial vicar at St. Andrew in Myrtle Beach.

Father Maduakor was born in Enugu, Nigeria, and is a graduate of Urban University in Rome and Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, where he received a doctorate in moral theology. He was ordained in Nigeria in 1984, and served as a pastor and rector of a seminary there before coming to the United States in 2003 to serve in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Father Vincent Maroun is a Maronite Catholic priest of the Diocese of Zahle, Lebanon. He is married and lives in Goose Creek. Father Maroun has been active in the Diocese of Charleston for several years performing ministry in nursing homes and for Roper St. Francis Healthcare.

He recently received full faculties as a supply priest for the diocese, and has been assisting at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in North Charleston.

Father Maximino E. Tria Jr., of the Archdiocese of Caceras, Philippines, is now parochial vicar at St. Mary Help of Christians Church in Aiken.

He was ordained in 1987 and has worked in parishes in the Philippines, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Georgia and Louisiana. He was also a civilian chaplain at Fort Stewart, Ga.

His cousin is Father Noel Tria, administrator at St. Mark Church in Newberry.

Franciscan Father Robert J. Menard, OFM, of the Holy Name Province of Franciscan Fathers, is the new parochial vicar at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Anderson.

He was ordained as a Franciscan priest for the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus in 1972 by then-Bishop Joseph L. Bernardin.

He spent 16 years as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Triangle, Va.