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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Spokane seminarians begin theological studies in Rome

the Inland Register

(From the Sept. 11, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Rome 
seminariansSeminarians studying for the Spokane Diocese at North American College, Rome, stand on the school’s roof, with St. Peter’s Basicila in background. From left: Kenny St. Hilaire, Luke Tomson, Matthew Nicks, and Jimmy Peak. (IR photo from Bishop White Seminary)

Four seminarians studying for the Diocese of Spokane recently began their first year of theological studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

• Kenny St. Hilaire was born and raised in Pasco and is a member of St. Patrick Parish. He has an undergraduate degree in engineering and has completed the pre-theology program through Bishop White Seminary at Gonzaga University. Kenny is a musician who has played the piano at Masses for several parishes throughout the diocese.

• Luke Tomson is a member of Mary Queen Parish in Spokane. Luke holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Whitworth College. In January of this year, Luke began a pastoral assignment at St. Augustine Parish, Spokane, where he was able to engage in a wide variety of ministries. This time included service to the poor, teaching at Cataldo Catholic School, and assisting with parish liturgies.

• Matthew Nicks is a 2003 graduate of Bishop White Seminary. He holds a degree in philosophy from Gonzaga University. Matthew was born and raised in Spokane, where he and his family are members of St. Peter Parish. While at Bishop White, Matt spent time working at the House of Charity and volunteering with the youth group at St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley.

• James “Jimmy” Peak is a 1995 graduate of Gonzaga University. Before coming to seminary, Jimmy served on active duty with the United States Army and achieved the rank of Captain. Jimmy spent the past year completing the pre-theology program at Bishop White Seminary.

These seminarians will spend four years in Rome earning a graduate degree in theology and completing the necessary formational requirements for ordination to the priesthood. Kenny, Luke, Matt, and Jimmy are four of the 19 seminarians currently studying for the Diocese of Spokane.


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