Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Bishop White Seminary’s rector: ‘It has been my honor to be a part of this great institution’

by Father Darrin Connall, for the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 5, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

> Bishop White Preparatory Seminary opened its doors to first year high school students on September 4, 1956. For fifty years now Bishop White Seminary has served at the heart and center of priestly formation for the Diocese of Spokane. It has been my honor to be a part of this great institution.

My own association with Bishop White Seminary began in 1984 when I entered as a college freshman. The four years of education and formation I received at Gonzaga University and Bishop White prepared me very well for major seminary. It has been my privilege to return many years later to serve as rector. I am grateful and humbled to stand in a long line of capable rectors who have worked with great zeal to keep this program strong and vital.

The mission of Bishop White Seminary could not be possible without the steady support of the people of this diocese. I am deeply grateful to our benefactors, past and present. Your prayers and financial sacrifices are greatly appreciated.

It is with great enthusiasm and hope that we look to our next fifty years of priestly formation. One source of that excitement is the construction of a completely new and expanded seminary building. Within the next two years, we expect to have collected enough pledges to begin the process of constructing our new facility. This is exciting indeed!

As we look to our past with gratitude and our future with hope, we do so with the profound realization that God has blessed Bishop White Seminary. We pray in a spirit of trust that God will continue to bless our efforts to provide dedicated and faithful priests for our Church for years to come.

(Father Connall is rector of Bishop White Seminary and Director of Seminarians for the Diocese of Spokane.)

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