2016-11-18 / Worship

Azagbor named All Saints parochial vicar

Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland


Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced three priest assignments, including the arrival of two new priests from the Heralds of Good News, a missionary society of apostolic life in India that specializes in the promotion of vocations to the priesthood.

Effective Dec. 5, Fr. Dominic Azagbor will be parochial vicar of All Saints Parish, consisting of St. Charles Borromeo Church, Brunswick; St. John the Baptist Church, Brunswick; St. Mary Church, Bath; Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Boothbay Harbor; St. Ambrose Church, Richmond; St. Patrick Church, Newcastle; St. Katharine Drexel Church, Harpswell.

Since October 2015, Azagbor has served as parochial vicar of St. Brendan the Navigator Parish — St. Francis of Assisi Church, Belfast; Our Lady of Good Hope Church, Camden; St. Bernard Church, Rockland.

Azagbor professed his vows to the Order of Preachers (OP) in 1988 and served in a variety of capacities at parishes in Nigeria and Ghana before being ordained to the priesthood in April of 2000. From 2002 to 2005, he served as assistant chaplain at the University of Ife, located in the Diocese of Oshogbo, Nigeria.

FR. NEHRU STEPHEN SAVAYARIA FR. NEHRU STEPHEN SAVAYARIA From 2005 to 2009, he served as associate pastor at St. Jude Catholic Church in Mafoluku, part of the Archdiocese of Lagos, Nigeria. In 2010, Azagbor arrived in the United States and was assigned as chaplain to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania, where he also served as chaplain to the Maria Joseph Continuing Care Community, comprised of The Meadows, an independent living facility for seniors; Maria Joseph Manor, an assisted-living facility; and the Emmanuel Center, a nursing and rehabilitation center.

Azagbor holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy, and a bachelor of arts from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. The Order of Preachers, more commonly known as the Dominican Order, have an emphasis on charity, study, and preaching.


Effective Nov. 10, Fr. Kingsly Reagan Kothakotta Yagappan, has been appointed as parochial vicar of Prince of Peace Parish — Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Holy Cross Church, and Holy Family Church, all in Lewiston. Born in Vellore, India, Yagappan 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 in 2010. Since his ordination, Yagappan 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.

Effective Nov. 10, Fr. Nehru Stephen Savayaria, has been appointed as parochial vicar of the Parish of the Precious Blood — Holy Rosary Church, Caribou; Nativity of the Blessed Mary Church, Presque Isle; Our Lady of the Lake Church, Portage; Sacred Heart Church, Caribou; St. Catherine Church, Washburn; St. Denis Church, Fort Fairfield; St. Joseph Church, Mars Hill; St. Louis Church, Limestone; St. Mark Church, Ashland; St. Theresa Church, Stockholm.

Born in Pinjivakkam Kandigai, India, Savayaria earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu, India. He was ordained to the priesthood on April 10, 2013, at Heralds of Good News Minor Seminary, also in Tamil Nadu. Since his ordination, he has served as an assistant parish priest at St. Thomas Mount International Shrine in Chennai, India, which marks the burial place of St. Thomas, the apostle. He then served as house superior at the Heralds of Good News Provincialate for two years before departing for his new assignment in Maine.

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