PORTLAND — Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced the following two priest assignments, effective immediately.

The Rev. Steven G. Cartwright has been appointed parochial vicar of Holy Trinity Parish in Lisbon Falls and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Sabattus, which also includes St. Francis Church in Greene.

This appointment is in addition to his current assignment as parochial vicar at Prince of Peace Parish (Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Holy Cross Church, and Holy Family Church, all in Lewiston).

A Boothbay Harbor native, Cartwright was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Deeley at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland on June 13, 2015. He graduated from John Bapst Memorial High School before attending St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York, (1997-1998), and St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York (1998-1999), majoring in philosophy while minoring in theology.

In 1999, he was accepted as a seminarian by the Diocese of Portland and entered the Basselin Scholars Program at Theological College at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He earned his bachelor of arts in philosophy in 2001, but decided to leave formation.

A former collegiate swimmer, he was hired as an assistant swimming coach at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. In 2006, he was named Georgetown’s head coach. In 2010, he resigned as head coach and resumed priestly formation for the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina.

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In 2012, he transferred to his home diocese and continued his studies at Pope Saint John XXIII Seminary (formerly Blessed John XXIII) in Weston, Massachusetts, where he earned a master’s degree in divinity. His first pastoral assignment was as parochial vicar at Prince of Peace Parish, where he serves today.

The Rev. Kingsly Reagan Kothakotta Yagappan, HGN, has been appointed parochial vicar of Holy Trinity Parish in Lisbon Falls and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Sabattus, which also includes St. Francis Church in Greene.

The appointment is in addition to his current assignment as parochial vicar at Prince of Peace Parish (Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Holy Cross Church, and Holy Family Church, all in Lewiston).

Born in Vellore, India, Reagan earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Acharya Nagarjuna University in Andhra Pradesh, India; a master’s degree in Christian studies from the University of Madras in Tamil Nadu, India; and a licentiate degree in moral theology from Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram in Bangalore, India.

He was ordained to the priesthood in Tamil Nadu on April 29, 2010. Since his ordination, Reagan has served as an assistant priest in Gurazala, which is a village in Andhra Pradesh; pursued his licentiate in moral theology; and taught moral theology to seminarians for three years at St. Joseph’s Major Seminary in Khammam, also in India. Following another brief parish assignment, he accepted the invitation to come to Maine, where he has served at Prince of Peace Parish since November 2016.

On Monday, May 1, Bishop Deeley appointed the Rev. Timothy J. Nadeau as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in addition to his current assignment as pastor of Prince of Peace Parish.

Steven Cartwright

Kingsly Reagan Kothakotta Yagappan


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