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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Spokane Diocese seminarians begin academic year with prayer, recreation

the Inland Register

(From the Sept. 12, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

Spokane Diocese seminarians enjoyed a day at Waitts Lake last month, prior to the beginning of the academic year. In the front row, left to right, are Johnathan Sweitzer; David Kuttner and his dog, Rictor; Peter Amah; Alejandro Zepeda; Mike Ishida; and Deacon Joe Sullivan. In the back row, from left, are Pedro Bautista, Carlos Muñoz, Rafael Herrera, Lisandro Pena, Jeremy Burris, Kevin Oiland, Father Darrin Connall, Luke Tomson, Kris Leistritz, and Kenny St. Hilaire. Not pictured: seminarians Matt Nicks and Gustavo Ruiz. (IR photo from Bishop White Seminary)

All new and returning seminarians studying for the Diocese of Spokane gathered Aug. 19 for their annual day of prayer and recreation at the cabin of Pete and Katie Ries at Waitts Lake.

The morning was spent in prayer and faith sharing, including Mass celebrated by Father Darrin Connall. Father Connall is rector of Bishop White Seminary, Spokane, and the diocese’s Director of Seminarians and Vocations Director.

The seminarians engaged in small-group discussions centered on God’s call in their lives.

Father Connall called the annual event “a great opportunity for our returning seminarians to welcome new men and also to renew friendships with guys studying at different seminaries.”

A total of 18 men are studying at various seminaries for the Diocese of Spokane. That number includes nine new seminarians for this year.

Besides prayer and reflection, the seminarians spent time with simple recreation: playing volleyball, fishing, swimming and visiting. In the afternoon they were joined by Bishop Skylstad, members of the Priestly Formation Council, the pastors of seminarians, and seminary faculty.

Bishop Skylstad led the seminarians in evening prayer. The day ended with a barbeque.


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