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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Seminarians prepare for new school year with Mass, prayer, and recreation

the Inland Register

(From the Sept. 8, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Men studying for the Diocese of Spokane in various seminary formation programs took a moment from their annual get-together at Waitts Lake last month for a group photo. Seated, from left, are Ricardo Mendez, Sean Harrell, Brian Vogel, Marc Williams, Kris Leistritz, Siloé Gomez, Gabriel Salas, and Luta Nsubuga. Standing, from left, are Deacon Mike Ishida, Deacon Vincent Dao, Alex Zepeda, Luke Tomson, Kevin Oiland, Luis Rivera, Matthew Larsen, Father Darrin Connall (Director of Seminarians), Matthew Nicks, Jimmy Peak, Kenny St. Hilaire, Gus Ruiz, David Kuttner, and Deacon Peter Amah. (IR photo by Mitch Finley)

The Diocese of Spokane’s seminarians, new and returning, gathered for their annual end-of-summer get-together at the beginning of August.

On Sunday, Aug. 7, Bishop Skylstad celebrated Mass for the seminarians and their supporters at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Mass included a blessing of seminarians, and provided an opportunity to recognize and thank their parents and other family members. The Serra Club of Spokane hosted a buffet luncheon following the celebration.

The next day, the seminarians spent the morning in prayer at St. Joseph Parish, near Jump Off Joe Lake, followed by a formal brunch provided by parishioners at St. Mary Parish, Chewelah.

The afternoon was taken up with recreation – swimming, jet skiing, and tubing at Waitts Lake. Pete and Katie Ries, members of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Spokane, hosted the seminarians at their family lake cabin, as they have done for the last six years.

Deacon Doug Banks of St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane, provided the use of his ski boat for the afternoon.

Bishop Skylstad joined the men in the afternoon for a brief talk, evening prayer, and then a barbeque to conclude the day.

“This annual event is a great opportunity for our returning seminarians to welcome new men and also to renew friendships with guys studying at different seminaries,” said Father Darrin Connall, Director of Seminarians for the diocese.

There are currently 22 seminarians at various levels of formation studying for the Diocese of Spokane.


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