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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Priest pastoral assignments have impact on parishes throughout Eastern Washington

the Inland Register

(From the April 28, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Pastoral assignments have been announced regarding 14 diocesan priests.

All assignments take effect July 1, 2005.

Four diocesan priests retire this year: Fathers John Birk, Tom Caswell, and Felix Lorge, and Msgr. James Ribble. (Editorís note: That story from the April 28 edition can be found by clicking here.)

In addition, 10 priests will have new assignments.

Father Tom Connolly is now pastor of Holy Family Parish, Clarkston.

Father Connolly, ordained a priest on June 23, 2000, studied at Bishop White Seminary and North American College, Rome.

His first assignment as a priest was to St. Mary Parish, in what is now Spokane Valley, and St. Joseph Parish, Rockford, as parochial vicar.

He became pastor of the parishes in Dayton, Pomeroy, and Waitsburg in 2003.

Father Steve Dublinski has been named rector of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. The assignment is in addition to his role as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the diocese.

Father Dublinski was ordained June 29, 1985. He studied at Bishop White Seminary and North American College, Rome, prior to priestly ordination.

He served as associate pastor of St. John Vianney Parish St. Charles Parish, Spokane, before being named pastoral administrator, and then pastor, of St. Charles in 1990.

He became pastor of St. Mary Parish, in what is now Spokane Valley, in 1997. Bishop Skylstad named him Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia in 2002. The following year he became pastor of the parishes in Oakes-dale, St. John, Tekoa, and Rosalia.

Father Len Forsmann moves to St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane.

Father Forsmann studied at Bishop White Seminary and The American College in Louvain, Belgium, before ordination Jan. 3, 1976.

He was associate pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, and Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane, before returning to Pasco, again as associate pastor, in 1980.

In 1985 he became St. Patrickís pastor.

In 1991 he moved to Holy Father Parish, Clarkston, as pastor. In addition, the following year he was named pastor of Holy Rosary Parish, Pomeroy, which he held for one year.

Father Jose Luis Hernandez has been named pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Cheney.

He was ordained June 29, 1999, after studies at Bishop White Seminary and St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.

His first two years of priestly ministry were served as parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, and then St. Patrick Parish, Walla Walla.

He was named pastor of the parishes in Brewster and Twisp in 2001.

Father Jack Krier adds Mary Queen of Heaven Parish, Sprague, to his pastoral responsibilities this year.

Father Krier was ordained June 7, 1969, for the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Mont., after studies at St. John University, Collegeville, Minn., and Resurrection College, Kitchner, Ontario, Canada. He has ministered in parishes, schools, and as a certified addiction counselor.

He came to the Spokane Diocese in 1994, first serving as parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley. In 1996 he was named pastor of the parishes in Davenport, Harrington, and Reardan. He became pastor of St. Anne, Medical Lake, in 2000.

Father Jose Jaime Maldonado has been named administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Brewster, and St. Genevieve Parish, Twisp.

Father Maldonado was ordained a priest May 24, 2002. He is completing his first assignment, as parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco.

He completed a degree in philosophy from Seminario de Monterrey in Mexico before studying at Bishop White Seminary, Spokane. He completed his priestly formation at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore.

Father Uche Obisike becomes pastor of Holy Rosary Parish, Rosalia; Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, St. John; St. Catherine Parish, Oakesdale; and Sacred Heart Parish, Tekoa.

Father Obisike was ordained May 25, 2001.

He attended Gonzaga University, where he became acquainted with the Bishop White Seminary community. He became a student for the Diocese of Spokane, and completed his priestly formation at St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.

He has been pastor of the parishes in Ritzville, Sprague, Lind, and Washtucna since 2003. He previously served as administrator of the parishes in Dayton and Waitsburg, and as parochial vicar of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Patrick parishes, Walla Walla.

Benedictine Abbot Adrian Parcher is the new pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Colfax, and St. Joseph Parish, Lacrosse.

The assignment is a homecoming of sorts; Abbot Adrian grew up in the Colfax area before entering St. Martin Abbey, Lacey, Wash. He is the retired abbot of that monastery.

He returned to Eastern Washington in 1989. He was in residence at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane, before being named pastor of Mary Queen Parish, Spokane, in 1991.

He became pastor of St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane, in 2002.

Previous ministry includes pastoral work in Los Angeles, and teaching at St. Martin College and St. Mark School of Theology.

He holds a masterís degree from the University of Notre Dame, and degrees from St. Martin College, Mount Angel Seminary, and Seattle University, and has studied as well at Vanderbilt University and at Oxford and Cambridge universities, England.

Father Richard Poole has been named administrator of St. Agnes Parish, Ritzville.

The appointment is in addition to his assignment as pastor of the parishes in Connell and Eltopia.

Father Poole was ordained June 23, 1994, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. He first served as parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco. He was named to the Connell and Eltopia parishes in 1995.

He studied at Bishop White Seminary, Spokane, and St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., prior to priestly ordination.

Father Robert Turner will be pastor of three parishes: Holy Rosary, Pomeroy; St. Mark, Waitsburg; and St. Joseph, Dayton.

Father Turner attended St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore, Wash., and The American College, Louvain, Belgium, before priestly ordination May 19, 1982.

He was associate pastor of St. John Vianney Parish and then St. Charles Parish, Spokane, before being named pastor of the parishes in Connell and Eltopia in 1984.

After a two-year education sabbatical, he returned to the diocese and served as pastor of the parishes in Okanogan and Twisp, and Oroville and Tonasket.

In 1998 he began teaching at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore. Five years later he took the position of chaplain and director of campus ministry at Carroll College, Helena, Mont.


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