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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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St. Paschal Parish’s canonical pastor incardinated

by Bonita Lawhead, Inland Register staff

(From the Nov. 13, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Patrick Hartin, canonical pastor of St. Paschal Parish in Spokane Valley, has been incardinated into the Diocese of Spokane.

He was formerly in the Diocese of Johannesburg in South Africa.

Incardination is the transfer of a diocesan priest from one diocese to another. Canon law requires a diocesan priest to have a bond to a diocese under a bishop. If the priest wishes to change dioceses, he must make an application to the bishop of his current diocese, seeking approval to move to the new diocese. The bishop in the new diocese then must accept the priest’s application.

Father Hartin applied to Bishop William Skylstad for incardination last January. He had to wait, though, for the appointment of a new bishop in Johannes-burg. Bishop Skylstad accepted Father Hartin’s request at the end of October.

Father Hartin has been a priest for 32 years and has been in the United States eight years. He was in residence at St. Paschal before being named canonical pastor there in July 2002.

He is not yet a U.S. citizen yet; that will come in two more years.

One of the hats Father Hartin wears is that of college instructor. He teaches New Testament to freshmen and graduate students at Gonzaga University, and is also Chair of the Classics department.

His mother, two brothers and a sister make their home in South Africa. Father Hartin traveled there last summer to concelebrate a niece’s wedding. He said it was “surprising to see how integration is taking place” with the defeat of apartheid. Catholics make up about 10 percent of South Africa’s population, he said, and “80 percent of the Catholics are black.”

“I’m extremely happy,” Father Hartin said of his incardination. “I feel very accepted and very much a part of the network of priests in this diocese.”

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