Dear Fellow Parishioners,
Exciting news here in the Rectory. Msgr. Dan Whelton will be joining the St. Vincent’s family and making our parish his new home. We are abuzz in the rectory making preparations. We expect him here by the end of May. In a world that has been turned upside down, having Msgr. Dan Whelton has been a bright ray of sunshine peaking through the dark clouds.
Reverend Monsignor Daniel Whelton
Monsignor Dan Whelton, following completion of his Seminary studies in Waterford, Ireland, was ordained to the Priesthood on June 7, 1970. He served as Parochial Vicar at St Apolinaris parish, Napa, St. James parish, Petaluma and St. Rose parish, Santa Rosa until November 1979, at which time he was appointed secretary to the Bishop and Vice Chancellor of the Diocese of Santa Rosa serving in those assignments until June 1984. From 1984 to 1986 he attended the University of St. Thomas Aquinas – The Angelicum – in Rome and obtained a Licentiate degree in Canon Law. He served as Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Santa Rosa from 1986 to 2012. During those years, he resided at St. Joseph parish, Cotati from 1986 to 1994 and served as pastor of St. Philip the Apostle and St. Teresa of Avila parish, Occidental/Bodega from 1994 to 1999. In 1999 the priests of the Diocese elected him to serve as Vicar for Priests and he was assigned in residence at St. John the Baptist parish, Healdsburg. In July 2002, he returned to St. Joseph parish, Cotati and has resided there since. In 2012, Bishop Robert Vasa appointed him Vicar General of the Diocese of Santa Rosa.
On June 7th Monsignor Whelton will celebrate the Fiftieth Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood and the following day he will retire from active priestly ministry and will reside at St. Vincent De Paul rectory, Petaluma.