The Rev. Peter J. Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte, visited St. John the Evangelist and St. Margaret’s Catholic churches to install new pastors for each parish, in ceremonies Oct. 26 and 27.

The Rev. Paul McNulty was installed as pastor for St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Waynesville and its mission church, Immaculate Conception Church, in Canton. The Rev. Christopher Bond was installed as pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, in Maggie Valley.

The installation ceremonies included reading the diocesan letter of appointment, outlining the assignment as pastor and detailing the pastor’s responsibilities of teaching and pastoral governance of the parish.

The priests made verbal professions of faith to all assembled for the installations.

Witnesses, representing the parish, signed the official documents from the diocese.

The bishop asked the priests to join him as he walked around the church, pointing out places in the church significant to the ministry as pastor, including doors to the church, baptismal font, reconciliation room, altar and tabernacle and the ambo (lectern).

The regular order of the Mass continued, with several clergy attending assisting.

Bishop Jugis stressed that the new pastors should model their ministry after Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

Rev. Paul McNulty

The Rev. Paul D. McNulty was installed as pastor of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Waynesville, and Immaculate Conception Church, Canton, Oct. 26. He moved to Waynesville Oct. 15, the official date of his appointment.

The Mass of installation, conducted by Bishop Jugis, was assisted by Deacon Brian McNulty, who is Fr. Paul McNulty’s father.

Music was provided by the combined choirs of St. John’s parish.

Previously to the appointment at St. John’s and Immaculate Conception, Paul McNulty served as chaplain of Christ the King High School and parochial vicar of St. Thérèse Church and St. Mark Church, in Huntersville. He was ordained in 2014.

Rev. Christopher Bond

The Rev. Christopher Bond was appointed pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Maggie Valley, effective Sept. 2, and installed as pastor Oct. 27, by the Rev. Peter J. Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte.

After the Mass of installation, a bag pipe presentation was held outside the church.

Previously, Fr. Bond was parochial vicar at St. Patrick Cathedral and St. Matthew Church, in Charlotte.

He was ordained in 2017 after studying at the Pontifical College Josephinum and also holds a degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

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