By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator  

Bishop Michael G. Duca, in consultation with and upon the recommendation of the Clergy Personnel Board, has appointed Father Eddie Martin parochial administrator of the cluster parishes of St. Anne Church in Napoleonville, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Church in Plattenville and St. Philomena Church in Labadieville.  

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Father Babu Nalkara Vareeth


Additionally, Father Babu Nalkara Vareeth IMS has been appointed sacramental minister at St. Anne, Assumption and St. Philomena.  

Father Ryan Hallford has been appointed parochial vicar at St. Aloysius Church in Baton Rouge.  

Father Martin, a native of Alexandria, was born April 12, 1957 and ordained a priest May 28, 2016 in St. Joseph Cathedral by Bishop Robert W. Muench. He was serving as parochial vicar at St. Aloysius and chaplain at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge.  

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Father Eddie Martin


Father Martin has previously served as parochial vicar at St. Thomas More Church in Baton Rouge. 

He was ordained a permanent deacon in 2010 and entered the seminary four years later.  

Father Hallford was born Aug. 29, 1983 and ordained May 27, 2017 at St. Joseph Cathedral by Bishop Muench. Father Hallford was serving as parochial vicar at St. Jude the Apostle Church in Baton Rouge and chaplain at St. Michael the Archangel Diocesan Regional High School, also in Baton Rouge.  

He is also an elected member of the Presbyteral Council.  

Father Hallford has previously served as parochial vicar at Holy Family Church in Port Allen and chaplain at St. John Interparochial High School in Plaquemine. He is also a member of the Deacon Advisory Board.  

Father Vareeth has been serving as sacramental minister at St. Ann Church in Morganza since August.  

The appointments are effective Dec. 6. 

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Father Ryan Hallford