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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Seminarians begin new school year with annual ‘day at the lake’

Story and photo by Jami LeBrun, Inland Register staff

(From the Sept. 9, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Spokane Diocese seminarians, 2004-2005

Seminarians studying for the Spokane Diocese gathered for prayer, reflection and recreation as another school year began. Top row, from left: Kevin Oiland, Kenny St. Hilaire, James Peak, and Miguel Angel Gustavo Ruiz Juárez; center row, Vincent Van Dao Nguyen, Alejandro Zepeda, Luis Rivera, Peter Amah, Lucas Tomson, and Michael Ishida; front, Gabriel Barragán Salas, Jeremy Burris, Ricardo Flores Méndez, Sean Harrell, Kris Leistritz, and Siloé Pérez. (IR photo)

On Monday, Aug. 9, all 17 seminarians studying for the Spokane Diocese gathered for their annual “Day at the Lake.”

They started the morning off with Mass and Morning Prayer at St. Joseph Parish at Jump Off Joe, followed by a formal brunch at St. Mary of the Rosary Parish in Chewelah, provided by the parishoners.

Father Steve Dublinski, Vicar General for the diocese, and Merrilin Fulton, Director of Fiscal Services, spoke to them about stewardship and thanked them for their service and commitment both to the Spokane Diocese and the Church.

The seminarians then joined various Spokane Diocese priests at the home of Pete and Katie Ries at Waitts Lake near Valley. Doug Banks, the principal at St. Thomas More School in Spokane and a member of the current deacon formation class, offered the men the use of his ski boat for the day. Later, Bishop Skylstad led Evening Prayer and gave a short talk on the experience of seminary life. The day concluded with a barbeque.

“It’s a great opportunity for the seminarians to build fraternity, as well as meet and spend time with some of the priests,” said Father Darrin Connall, Rector of Bishop White Seminary and Vocations Director for the diocese.

“It was great to be able to get together with all the guys that are studying all over the world,” said Sean Harrell, a second year seminarian living at Bishop White and studying philosophy at Gonzaga University. “It gave us the opportunity to pray all together. It’s a real preparation for the fellowship of the presbyterate.”

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