Longtime leader leaving St. Mary’s
Longview — The Rev. Gavin Vavarek on Aug. 1 will leave St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Longview, where he has served as pastor for the past 18 years.
Vavarek has been reassigned to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lufkin by bishop Joseph Strickland of the Catholic Diocese of Tyler. The Rev. Mark Kusmirek, pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Jacksonville, has been reassigned to the Longview church. The churches in Longview, Lufkin and Jacksonville are all under the Catholic Diocese of Tyler.
Vavarek broke the news to his congregation Sunday.
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