The bishop for the Diocese of Baton Rouge on Sunday appointed the Rev. Tom Ranzino as vicar general, a position last held by the Very Rev. Than Ngoc Vu.
Vu died in January at age 56 after a long battle with cancer. Bishop Robert Muench announced the appointments to priests and deacons on Sunday via email, said Donna Carville, spokeswoman for the Diocese of Baton Rouge.
Ranzino, 64, is currently in charge of liturgy as diocese chancellor. Ranzino works in the diocese’s Office of Worship where he clarifies and changes liturgy for the diocese.
He will continue to serve as St. Jean Vianney Church’s pastor, where he has been since 2006. He has led three different Baton Rouge parishes in his 35 years.
“He has many gifts,” Carville said. “He’s very spiritual and a very faithful servant of our Lord.”
Once Ranzino assumes his new position, the Rev. Ju Hyung “Paul” Yi, pastor of Ascension of Our Lord Church and St. Francis of Assisi Church, will become chancellor. Yi is co-chaplain of Ascension Catholic Regional High School in Donaldsonville.
Yi and Ranzino’s appointments will begin March 23, Muench said.
Muench also announced the Rev. Randy Cuevas’ appointment as St. Aloysius Church pastor in Baton Rouge starting July 1. Cuevas is pastor of St. Albert the Great Chapel and the Catholic Student Center in Hammond.