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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Pastoral ministry changes affect parishes throughout Spokane Diocese

the Inland Register

(From the April 11, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

A number of changes in assignments for priests in the Diocese of Spokane will become effective over the coming months.

Although the official date for this set of assignments is July 1, several positions will be filled on a more flexible basis, depending on individuals’ schedules and commitments.

Retiring from active ministry this year will be four priests of the diocese: Fathers Edward Caffrey, pastor of St. Mary’s Presentation in Deer Park; Father Eugene Glatt, pastor of the parishes in Oakes-dale, Rosalia, St. John, and Tekoa; Father James McGreevy, pastor of the parishes in Lind, Ritzville, Sprague, and Washtucna; and Father Dan Wetzler, pastor of St. Paschal Parish, Spokane.

Four priests will be leaving ministry in the Spokane Diocese.

Father Tom Khuê, pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Spokane, is released to pursue Religious life in the Friars Minor (Franciscans).

Father Otto Koltzenburg, pastor of Assumption Parish, Walla Walla, is released for service in the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Father Tom Mele, director/pastor of St. Thomas More Newman Center at Washington State University, Pullman, is released for further studies toward a master’s degree in social work.

Msgr. John Steiner, the diocese’s Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, as well as pastor of St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane, begins a sabbatical at the American College in Louvain, Belgium.

Father Steve Dublinski becomes Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, while remaining pastor of St. Mary Parish, Spokane, and St. Joseph Parish, Rockford (“New Vicar General/Moderator of the Curia named; service is an ‘honor,’ a ‘privilege,” IR 2/7/02).

Several priests have been named pastor:

Father Daniel Barnett, parochial vicar at St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, is the new pastor of both St. Francis Xavier Parish and St. Patrick Parish, Spokane.

Donald McKenzie, pastoral associate at St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane, has been named pastoral administrator of St. Paschal Parish.

Father Al Grasher, pastor of the parishes in Chewelah, Jump Off, Springdale, and Valley, is the new pastor of St. Mary’s Presentation, Deer Park.

Father José Luis Millan, parochial vicar of St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane, will be come pastor of Chewelah, Jump Off, Springdale, and Valley. He will continue his ministry in the diocese’s Marriage Tribunal and at Bishop White Seminary, Spokane.

Benedictine Abbot Adrian Parcher, pastor of Mary Queen Parish, Spokane, moves across town to become pastor of St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane.

Father Richard Semple, parochial vicar of St. Augustine Parish, Spokane, moves north to be pastor of the parishes in Oroville and Tonasket.

Father Paul Vevik, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Spokane, replaces Abbot Adrian at Mary Queen, Spokane.

Father Steve Werner, pastor of Oroville and Tonasket, will be the new director/pastor of St. Thomas More Newman Center, Pullman.

Father Patrick Hartin, a Scripture scholar who has been in residence at St. Paschal Parish, Spokane, becomes that parish’s sacramental minister.

Deacon José Jaime Maldonado will be ordained to the priesthood on May 24. He then will become parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco.

Father Barnett was ordained June 23, 2000, after studies at Gonzaga University, Bishop White Seminary and North American College, Rome.

He was born in Ohio. His family settled in Kennewick, where he lived before entering college to earn a bachelor’s degree in business from Gonzaga.

He has been parochial vicar at St. Patrick, Pasco, since ordination.

Father Caffrey has been pastor in Deer Park since May 1983.

He was born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, but attended St. Aloysius School and Gonzaga Prep before entering Gonzaga University.

His seminary formation was at St. Edward Seminary, Kenmore, Wash.

He was ordained a priest on May 30, 1957.

His first assignments, temporary, were with the Inland Register and at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. By September 1957 he was assigned as assistant pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Spokane.

The next year he became supervisor of Marycliff High School, Spokane, and in 1960 was named principal of DeSales High School, Walla Walla.

In 1968 Father Caffrey moved to the Newman Center at Washington State University, Pullman. From there he moved to Assumption Parish, Walla Walla, in 1981.

Father Dublinski is a native of Walla Walla. He was ordained a priest June 29, 1985, after studies at Bishop White Seminary and North American College, Rome.

His first assignment as a priest was at St. John Vianney Parish, Spokane, as associate pastor.

He moved to St. Charles Parish, again as an associate, in 1989. He was named pastoral administrator of that parish the following year, in October, and in November was named pastor.

He has been pastor of St. Mary, Spokane, since 1997, and is presently completing work on a master’s degree in liturgy from the University of Notre Dame.

Father Glatt, ordained May 7, 1959, has been pastor in Oakesdale, Rosalia, and St. John since 1985. The parish in Tekoa was added to his pastoral responsibilities in 1994.

The North Dakota native studied at St. Edward Seminary, Kenmore, Wash., for his priestly formation.

His first assignment, as a temporary assistant, was at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. He next was an assistant pastor at St. Charles Parish, Spokane, until august 1962, when he was named pastor of the parishes in Wellpinit, Hunters, and Ford.

Four years later he moved to the parishes in Connell and Eltopia. That assignment was followed by a posting to the parishes in Wilbur and Coulee Dam in 1975.

Father Glatt was pastor in Deer Park in 1981, and then St. Joseph Parish, Trentwood (now Otis Orchards), in 1983.

Father Al Grasher studied at Washington State University, Bishop White Seminary, and North American College, Rome, before ordination Aug. 1, 1986.

He was associate pastor at St. Mary Parish, Spokane, and in 1988 became the Vocations Director for the diocese.

In 1989 he moved to St. Francis Xavier Parish, Spokane, as associate pastor.

He became pastor of the parishes in Clayton, Springdale, and Valley in 1991. The church in Clayton was closed in 1993, at which time he also became pastor of the parish in Chewelah.

Father Patrick Hartin is a priest of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg, South Africa.

He is a Scripture scholar, a tenured professor at Gonzaga University. He has been in residence, assisting at St. Paschal Parish in Spokane, for several years.

He taught in his native Johannesburg as well, in Catholic high schools. He is the author of numerous books, three of which are textbooks still in use in South Africa.

Father Thomas Khuê, a native of Vietnam, was parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish, Spokane, after his ordination to the priesthood on June 7, 1991.

He attended St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., prior to ordination.

After his work as parochial vicar he was named pastor of the parishes in Ione, Metaline Falls, Newport, and Usk, in 1994.

He became pastor of St. Patrick in 1997. He also has served as director of Vietnamese ministry for the diocese.

Father Otto Koltzenburg was ordained April 25, 1981.

He is a native of Rohr, West Germany, but was ordained for the Spokane Diocese.

He studied at the American College in Louvain, Belgium, prior to ordination.

He has been associate pastor of St. Francis Xavier and St. Augustine parishes, Spokane. In 1986 he was pastor of the Pullman Newman Center, then returned to Spokane as associate pastor of St. Mary Parish.

In 1988 he was named pastor of Assumption, Walla Walla.

Deacon José Jaime Maldonado will be ordained a priest May 24 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane.

He was ordained a deacon there last Dec. 28.

Deacon Maldonado, a native of Mexico, is completing his seminary formation this year at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore. He has a degree in philosophy from Seminario de Monterrey in Mexico; he studied at Bishop White Seminary as well before entering Mount Angel.

Father James McGreevy was named pastor of the parishes in Lind, Ritzville, Sprague, and Washtucna in 1995.

He was ordained a priest on May 23, 1964, after studying at Gonzaga University; St. Philip Neri, Boston; and St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore, Wash.

The Tekoa, Wash. native was assistant pastor at St. Augustine Parish, Spokane, and St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, before beginning the first of two assignments in the diocese’s mission territory in Guatemala in 1968.

He returned to the diocese in 1972, as pastor in Othello, before returning to Guatemala again, ministering there from 1978-83.

He was associate pastor at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, then named pastor of the parishes in Colville, Kettle Falls, and Northport in 1985, and then the parishes in Dayton and Waitsburg in 1993.

Donald McKenzie, 52, is a Spokane native who grew up in St. Thomas More Parish. He attended Gonzaga Prep and graduated from Gonzaga University in 1984 with a degree in Religious Studies. He met Terri Monaghan at Seattle University and they married in 1970. The couple has five children.

The McKenzies worked together in developing and presenting a three-year parish-based video formation program for lay people, presenting it in several parts of the Pacific Northwest. In 1984, McKenzie went to work as a consultant for the Spokane Diocese’s Parish Services Office, in the areas of liturgy, leadership, and adult education.

From there he went to St. Peter Parish, where he was a pastoral associate and directed the music program. For several months he worked with Father Dan Wetzler at Sacred Heart Parish in Othello and in 1997 went to work at St. Thomas More Parish as pastoral minister.

McKenzie is a man who likes going to work – “I’m really blessed in that I love what I do.” He said that to be “a part of what God is doing in people’s lives is holy ground. That’s what keeps me going.”

Father Tom Mele is a Walla Walla native, ordained Oct. 8, 1977, after studies at St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore, Wash.

He served an internship at St. Augustine Parish, Spokane, after priestly ordination. In 1978 he became associate pastor of St. Charles Parish, Spokane.

In 1981 he was named to part-time chaplaincy at correctional institutions, and the following year became pastor of the parishes in Tekoa and Rockford.

In 1984 he was released from diocesan ministry to become a chaplain in the United States Navy. He served in that capacity until his return to the diocese in 1995, when he became pastor of St. Anne Parish, Medical Lake.

He moved to Pullman in 1999.

Besides his pastoral ministry, Father Mele has been serving as co-liaison of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Father José Luis Millan comes to the Spokane Diocese from Mexico.

He was ordained Aug. 11, 2000, after studies at Bishop White Seminary, the American College, Louvain, Belgium, and the seminary in his home town, Toluca, Mexico.

Since ordination he has been parochial vicar at St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane. He also works in the diocese’s Marriage Tribunal and is formation advisor at Bishop White Seminary.

Benedictine Abbot Adrian Parcher is the retired abbot of St. Mary Abbey, Lacey, Wash.

The native of the Spokane Diocese returned to Eastern Washington and in 1989 was in residence at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes before being named pastor of Mary Queen, Spokane, in 1991.

Abbot Adrian’s prior ministry includes parish work in Los Angeles and teaching at St. Martin College and St. Mark School of Theology.

His educational background includes a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School, as well as England’s Oxford and Cambridge universities. He also has degrees from St. Martin College, Mount Angel Seminary and Seattle University.

Father Richard Semple was ordained to the priesthood June 23, 2000. He has been parochial vicar of St. Augustine Parish, Spokane, since ordination.

He attended Bishop White Seminary, Spokane; North American College, Rome; and Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore., prior to ordination.

His other pastoral experience as a seminarian includes work at St. Peter Parish, Spokane, and Holy Family Parish, Clarkston.

Msgr. John Steiner was ordained April 12, 1969.

He was born and raised in Spokane. He was a high school student at Bishop White Seminary and St. Edward Seminary, Kenmore, Wash., and completed his priestly formation at St. Thomas, Kenmore.

Additional academic work was completed at the University of Notre Dame, where he studied liturgy. Upon his return from Notre Dame he was named Director of Liturgy for the diocese.

He taught at Mater Cleri Seminary in Colbert immediately after ordination. In 1974 he became associate pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

In 1977 he became chancellor of the diocese, and in 1980 was named pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane.

That was followed by an assignment as pastor of St. John Vianney, Spokane, in 1985.

Two years later he was named Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the diocese.

He returned to St. John Vianney in 1989, where he was in residence until he was named pastor of St. Thomas More, Spokane, in 1992.

He was invested as a monsignor in 1997.

Father Paul Vevik, pastor of St. Francis Xavier, Spokane, since 1994, was ordained July 9, 1977 after studies at Bishop White Seminary and the American College, Louvain, Belgium.

He was associate pastor of St. Patrick, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, and St. Augustine parishes in Spokane before he became pastor of the parishes in Tekoa and Rockford in 1984.

In 1986 Father Vevik was named pastor of Our Lady of Fatima, Spokane. In 1987 he became pastor of the parishes in Colton and Uniontown.

In 1992 he was released from ministry to serve as rector of Mater Dei Seminary at Gonzaga University.

In addition to his pastoral duties at St. Francis Xavier, Father Vevik has been Director of Continuing Education of Priests since June 1, 1999.

Father Steve Werner was ordained May 22, 1998.

He studied at Bishop White Seminary and Mount Angel Seminary before ordination.

His first assignment as a priest was as parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco. He has been pastor in Oroville and Tonasket since August 1999.

Father Dan Wetzler has been pastor of St. Paschal Parish, Spokane, since July 31, 1992.

In addition to his pastoral ministry there, he has served as co-liaison, with Father Tom Mele, of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Father Wetzler was ordained May 25, 1963, and was assistant pastor at Holy Ghost and St. Anthony Parish, Spokane, before serving as assistant at St. Ann and St. Thomas More parishes, Spokane.

He taught at Mater Cleri Seminary in Colbert, was diocesan director of the Catholic Youth Organization, and was head of the religion department at Marycliff High School, Spokane.

In 1975 he was named associate director of Mater Cleri Center in Colbert. One year later he was named pastor of the parishes in Tekoa and Rockford. He was appointed to his work with the Charismatic Renewal in 1976.

He was pastor of Sacred Heart, Othello (1982) and the parishes in Connell and Eltopia (1991) prior to his assignment to St. Paschal.

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