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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Ministry assignments announced for present and future diocesan priests

the Inland Register

(From the April 6, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

New pastoral assignments, effective Aug. 1, 2006, have been announced for five priests and three future priests of the Diocese of Spokane.

Father Ty Shaff, pastor of St. John Vianney Parish, Spokane Valley, is the new pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane.

Following Father Schaff at St. John Vianney will be Father Richard Poole, pastor of the parishes in Connell and Eltopia.

Father Pedro Bautista Peraza, now parochial vicar of St. Patrick and St. Francis of Assisi parishes in Walla Walla, will become pastor of St. Vincent Parish, Connell, and St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Eltopia.

After their priestly ordinations this summer, three new priests will become parochial vicars in Spokane Diocese parishes:

Father Michael Ishida has been assigned to St. Patrick and St. Francis Xavier parishes, Spokane.

Father Miguel Gustavo Ruiz will be the new parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco.

Father Alejandro Zepeda-Labasida will take Father Bautista Peraza’s place at St. Patrick and St. Francis of Assisi, Walla Walla.

Additionally, ministry changes for two other Spokane priests.

Father Dan Barnett becomes the new Vocations Director for the diocese, while continuing his work as pastor of St. Patrick and St. Francis Xavier parishes, Spokane.

Father Darrin Connall, previous Vocations Director, continues his other ministry as Rector of Bishop White Seminary and Director of Seminarians for the Diocese of Spokane.

Father James Kuhns, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, will enter senior priest status, ministering part-time at St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley.

All appointments are effective Aug. 1, 2006.

Father Ty SchaffFather Schaff was ordained June 9, 1973.

He first served as assistant pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Walla Walla, and as associate pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Spokane.

He was an advocate in the diocese’s Marriage Tribunal, and director of the Diocesan Office of Religious Education.

Father Schaff has been pastor of the parishes in Northport, Kettle Falls, Davenport, and Reardan, as well as Assumption in Spokane.

Father Schaff studied at Materi Cleri Seminary, Gonzaga University, and St. Thomas Seminary in Kenmore, Wash.

A Lieutenant Colonel, he has been an Air National Guard Reserve chaplain since 1987.

Father Richard Poole Father Poole was ordained June 23, 1994.

He was parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, for one year, before being named pastor of the parishes in Connell and Eltopia in 1995.

In 2005 he became administrator of St. Agnes Parish, Ritzville, in addition to his assignments in Connell and Eltopia.

Father Poole is a Spokane native. He attended Gonzaga Prep, Spokane Falls Community College, and Bishop White Seminary before theology studies at St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.

Father Pedro Bautista-Peraza Father Bautista Peraza was ordained Aug. 7, 2004, by Bishop Skylstad at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

He was born in Veracruz, Mexico, and studied with the Vincentians Religious community in Mexico for four years before transferring to the Archdiocese of Mexico City, where he studied for another four years.

After he was accepted as a seminarian for the Spokane Diocese, he studied at Bishop White Seminary in Spokane prior to theological studies at The American College in Louvain, Belgium.

Father Daniel Barnett Father Barnett, ordained June 23, 2000, adds the role of Vocations Director to his present assignment as pastor of Spokane’s St. Patrick and St. Francis Xavier parishes.

His first assignment was to St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, where he was parochial vicar for two years. He came to Spokane as a pastor in 2002.

He studied at Bishop White Seminary and North American College, Rome, prior to ordination.

He comes to the diocese from Kennewick, Wash.

In addition to his theological studies, he holds a degree in business from Gonzaga University.

Father Jim Kuhns Father Kuhns most recently was named Director of Mentoring for Newly Ordained Priests and New Pastors.

He has served as pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane, since August 1994.

He was ordained a priest on May 21, 1961, and has ministered in a variety of roles during the years.

Father Kuhns was temporary pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Tekoa, before ministry as assistant pastor of Sacred Heart, Pullman; St. Patrick, Walla Walla; and St. Francis Xavier, Spokane.

In 1967 he was named diocesan director of Family Life Education.

He was associate pastor of St. Thomas More and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane, before being named pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Cheney, and chaplain to the students of Eastern Washington University, in 1972.

He later served as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Pullman; Sacred Heart, Spokane; and St. John Vianney, in what is now Spokane Valley.

Father Kuhns was named rector of Bishp White Seminary, Director of Seminarians, and Director of the Pastoral Ministries Formation Program in 1983, and director of Continuing Education for Priests in 1988.

He is the former Diocesan Director of Ecumenism.

Three men who have been given their first priestly ministry assignments as parochial vicars will be ordained to the priesthood July 7 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Deacon Mike Ishida Deacon Michael Ishida was ordained a deacon on April 16, 2005, and is completing his fourth year theology studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

He came to the Spokane Diocese from Hawaii. Before beginning seminary studies at Bishop White, he earned a degree in nursing, with a specialization in cardiology.

Deacon Gustavo Ruiz Deacon Miguel Gustavo Ruiz was ordained to the diaconate Dec. 21 of last year. He is completing theology studies this year at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore.

He was born in Mexico City and grew up in Carrizal, Veracruz. He completed two years of theology in Mexico before coming to the Spokane Diocese in 2003. He studied at Bishop White Seminary before beginning his theology studies at Mount Angel.

Deacon Alejandro Zepeda Deacon Alejandro Zepeda Labasida was ordained a deacon Dec. 3 at The American College in Louvain, Belgium, where he has been completing his priestly formation program in theology.

He was born in San Mateo Atenco, Mexico. He first studied for the priesthood in Toluca, Mexico, and came to the United States to study for the Diocese of Spokane in 2001. He earned a degree in religious studies at Gonzaga University before beginning the theology program in Belgium.


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