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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Father Semple now a novice in Austrian Religious order

by Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

(From the Oct. 2, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Dom Bruno SempleFather Richard Semple – now Dom Bruno Semple (right) – is a novice of the Canons of St. Augustine in Austria. With Father Semple is Provost of Klosterneuburg and Abbot General of the Austrian Canons, Rt. Rev. Bernhard Backovsky. (IR photo from Dom Bruno Semple)

On Aug. 27, Father Richard Semple took the Religious name of Bruno as a novice of the Canons of St. Augustine in Klosterneuburg, Austria, on the outskirts of Vienna.

Father Semple most recently served as pastor of the parishes in Oroville and Tonasket. Prior to that he was parochial vicar of St. Augustine Parish, Spokane.

He was ordained a priest for the Spokane Diocese in 2000 after studies at Bishop White Seminary, North American College in Rome, and Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon.

The canons Regular are priests who live in common according the the fifth century rule of St. Augustine. Klosterneuburg was founded in 1114 by St. Leopold, Margrave of Austria. The abbey runs 24 parishes in and around the city of Vienna.

Father Bruno reports by e-mail that as a novice, his duties mostly consist of prayer and study at this point. “We will have classes on the history of Austria, the church in Austria, and history of the Canons Regular,” he wrote recently. “There will also be classes in Greek and for the Americans, German.” He also will be doing some weekend parish work in a few months.

After novitiate, members of his order make profession as juniors for three years, followed by solemn profession.


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