14 August 2017
To: Diocese of Fairbanks
Subject: Transfer of Fr. Frederick Bayler to Diocese of Dallas
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I received a letter from Fr. Frederick Bayler requesting to be transferred to a diocese in his home state of Texas to be closer to his son and grandchildren. Bishop Edward Burns, Bishop of Dallas, has agreed to assign Fr. Fred to a parish within his diocese. This announcement was made at the weekend Masses, 12-13 August, at the parishes of Immaculate Conception, Holy Mary of Guadalupe and St. Theresa. Fr. Fred will report to the Diocese of Dallas on 1 October 2017, therefore, his last Sunday in your parish will be 17 September 2017. I am most thankful to Fr. Fred for his eight years of dedicated ministry to our mission work in Northern Alaska, and the Diocese of Fairbanks.
Fr. Thomas Kuffel currently assigned as the Pastor of Saint Joseph Church in Nome as well as the Pastor of Saint Francis Xavier Church in Kotzebue, Saint Jude Church in Little Diomede and Saint Ann Church in Teller will be reassigned. Effective 1 October 2017, Fr. Thomas Kuffel will be assigned as Pastor of Immaculate Conception in Fairbanks, Holy Mary of Guadalupe in Healy and St. Theresa in Nenana.
As our priest shortage continues in the Diocese of Fairbanks, I ask for your patience, prayers and support as I shepherd our faithful flock in my best efforts to cover your pastoral care. Please continue to pray for vocations in the Diocese of Fairbanks.
Sincerely in Christ,
†Most Reverend Chad W. Zielinski
Catholic Bishop of Northern Alaska
Diocese of Fairbanks