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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Five Bishop White seminarians gradute; four to begin theology studies

the Inland Register

(From the May 20, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Gustavo Ruiz, Father Darrin Connall, Vincent Dao, Ricardo Mendez

Above: Gustavo Ruiz, Vincent Dao and Ricardo Mendez pose with their ESL graduation certificates in hand, accompanied by Father Darrin Connall, rector of Bishop White Seminary and Vocations Director for the diocese. Below: Bishop White seminarians Kevin Oiland and Joe Previtali completed bachelor’s degrees this year at Gonzaga University. (IR photos from the Vocations Office)

Kevin Oiland, Joe Previtali

Five men studying at Bishop White Seminary recently graduated from two different programs at Gonzaga University.

Kevin Oiland and Joseph Previtali completed the undergraduate program at Gonzaga University and were awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy.

Kevin Oiland was born and raised in Spokane and is a parishioner at Mary Queen Parish. While at Bishop White and Gonzaga, Oiland served the homeless at the House of Charity and assisted with the youth program at St. Mary Parish in Spokane Valley. Next semester he begins theological studies at Mount Angel Seminary in the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore.

Joseph Previtali was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area and is studying for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. He entered Bishop White Seminary during his junior year at Gonzaga, where he was involved in a variety of clubs and activities. His campus involvement included leading a group of students in serving lunch at the House of Charity on a regular basis.

During graduation ceremonies, Previtali was one of three G.U. students who received the University Ministry Award for outstanding service to the Gonzaga University community. In September, he will begin his first year of theological studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

Three other Bishop White seminarians – Gustavo Ruiz, Vincent Dao, and Ricardo Mendez – completed their successful participation in GU’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

Ruiz and Mendez come to Spokane from Mexico. Dao was born and raised in Vietnam.

While at Bishop White Seminary, Ruiz and Mendez assisted with the liturgies at St. Joseph Parish on Dean in Spokane and taught catechism to the parish children. Dao assisted at St. Anthony Parish, contributing to the parish’s music program, and taught catechism classes for Vietnamese parishioners in the religious education program.

Next semester Mendez will resume his study of philosophy, while Ruiz and Dao will join Kevin Oiland for theology studies at Mount Angel.


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