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Bishop Deeley Announces Two Priest Assignments

PORTLAND---Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced the following two priest assignments with effective dates noted.

Effective February 1, Fr. Antonydass Pichaimuthu, HGN, has been appointed parochial vicar at the Parish of the Ascension of the Lord (St. Raphael Church, Kittery; Our Lady of the Angels Church, South Berwick; St. Christopher Church, York; Star of the Sea Church, York Beach). Fr. Pichaimuthu is currently chaplain at Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital, both in Portland, and assists at the Parish of the Holy Eucharist in Falmouth on weekends.

Born on February 23, 1974, Fr. Antony completed his primary and high school studies in his hometown of Tamil Nadu, India. At the age of 15, he joined the Heralds of Good News. He has earned bachelor’s degrees in philosophy, theology, education, and literature, and master’s degrees in English literature and philosophy, from universities in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Fr. Antony was ordained to the priesthood in 2000. From 2001 to 2003, he served as “priest-in-charge” of a tribal mission and as principal of St. Mary’s School, both in Andhra Pradesh. In 2003, he was named pastor of St. John Maria Vianney Parish and manager of St. Joseph’s High School, both in Yernagudem, India. In 2008, Fr. Antony remained in India to serve as educational secretary of the schools of Mary Queen of the Apostles Province. With the approval of his provincial, on February 5, 2010, Fr. Antony was appointed parochial vicar of Good Shepherd Parish in Saco, where he served until starting his current assignment in June of 2016.

The Heralds of Good News (HGN) is a missionary society of apostolic life in India that specializes in the missionary countries, especially in the west, as well as the promotion of vocations to the priesthood.

Effective February 1, Fr. Amandus Sway, AJ , has been appointed as chaplain at Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital, both in Portland. Fr. Sway is currently parochial vicar at the Parish of the Ascension of the Lord (churches comprising the parish are listed above).

Born in Rombo, Tanzania, Fr. Sway was ordained to the priesthood on July 14, 2001, by Bishop Amedeus Msarikie at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Moshi, Tanzania. Since his ordination, Fr. Sway has served as an assistant parish priest and also served at two different parishes in the Diocese of Kimberley in South Africa (2003-2015).  He was a zonal councilor and secretary for the zone of South Africa and Botswana from 2010 to 2015. In 2015, Fr. Sway moved to the United States and participated in clinical pastoral education at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, also serving as a chaplain in the same hospital. In September of 2016, he was appointed parochial vicar at the Parish of the Ascension of the Lord, where he serves today.

Fr. Sway earned diplomas in philosophy, religious studies, and theology from Apostles of Jesus Philosophicum Langata in Nairobi, Kenya; a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from Theologicum Langata in Nairobi, which is affiliated with the Pontificia Università Urbaniana in Rome, Italy; and a master’s degree in theology from St. Augustine’s College of South Africa in Johannesburg.  

The Apostles of Jesus (AJ) missionaries serve around the world in the ministries of primary evangelization, pastoral care of the sick, and chaplaincy to college and university students. The missionary society also ministers to impoverished, abandoned, and homeless children.

For more information, contact Dave Guthro, Communications Director for the Diocese of Portland, at (207) 321-7810 or