From the

Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Four more assignments announced for diocesan priests

the Inland Register

(From the May 2, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

In the wake of the large number of pastoral assignment changes announced in the last Inland Register, Bishop Skylstad has made appointments for four more priests.

As in the last round of announcements, the official date of change is July 1, 2002, although individuals' schedules may require some flexibility as to actual effective dates.

Father Leonard Forsmann, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Clarkston, also will be the pastor of Holy Rosary Parish, Pomeroy. He will remain pastor of Holy Family.

Father Tim Hays will move from Sacred Heart Parish, Othello, to Assumption Parish, Walla Walla.

Father Miguel Angel Mejia has been administrator of the parishes in Pomeroy, Dayton and Waitsburg. He now has been named pastor in Othello.

For Dayton and Waitsburg, Father Bonaventure Obisike, parochial vicar of St. Patrick and St. Francis of Assisi parishes in Walla Walla, will be administrator.

Father Forsmann was ordained Jan. 3, 1976.

Father Forsmann studied at Holy Family School, Clarkston; Mater Cleri High School Seminary; Bishop White Seminary; and the American College in Louvain, Belgium, prior to ordination to the priesthood.

In his more than 25 years of priestly ministry he has served three different parishes: St. Patrick, Pasco, as both associate pastor and pastor; Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane, as an associate pastor; and Holy Family Parish, Clarkston, where he has been pastor since 1991.

Father Hays has been a priest for nearly six years. He was ordained June 12, 1996.

He, too, studied at Bishop White Seminary. His theology training was at The St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.

Before his assignment to Othello in 1999, he was parochial vicar - his first pastoral assignment as a priest- in Walla Walla, at St. Patrick and St. Francis of Assisi parishes.

Father Mejia, a native of Mexico, was ordained Aug. 11, 2000.

He, too, studied at Bishop White Seminary and The American College in Louvain, Belgium, prior to ordination.

He first served at St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, as parochial vicar, after priestly ordination. Last autumn he was named administrator of the parishes in Dayton, Waitsburg and Pomeroy. While pastor he launched web sites for the three parishes, including photos and background information.

Father Obisike has been parochial vicar of St. Patrick and St. Francis of Assisi parishes, Walla Walla, since his ordination on May 25, 2001.

He comes to the Spokane Diocese from Nigeria.

Father Obisike studied at Bishop White Seminary. He initially became acquainted with the Bishop White program while a student at Gonzaga University. He holds degrees in philosophy, theology and religious studies. He completed his priestly formation at The St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.

Inland Register archives

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane. All Rights Reserved



Home