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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Pastoral appointments affect three Spokane Diocese parishes

the Inland Register

(From the March 1, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Skylstad has announced changes in ministry for three pastors of the diocese, effective Feb. 23.

Father Fernando Maldonado, pastor of the parishes in Oroville and Tonasket, is the new pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Othello.

Father Miguel Mejia, pastor of Sacred Heart, is taking medical lave.

Father Rory Pitstick, pastor of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Okanogan, is now administrator of Immaculate Conception Parish, Oroville, and Holy Rosary Parish, Tonasket, in addition to his assignment in Okanogan.

Father Maldonado was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Spokane on June 29, 1999.

He studied at Bishop White Seminary, and completed priest-ly formation at St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. He also completed Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

He is a native of Mexico, and spent three years as a member of the Holy Family Religious order before beginning his studies for the Spokane Diocese.

Father Maldonado first served as parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Walla Walla, before he was named pastor of the parishes in Pomeroy, Dayton, and Waitsburg.

He also served as parochial vicar of Sacred Heart, Othello, before being named to his assignment at Oroville and Tonasket in 2003.

Father Mejia, also a native of Mexico, was ordained a priest of the Spokane Diocese Aug. 11, 2000.

He studied at Bishop White Seminary and the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, prior to ordination. He completed his theological studies with a degree in moral theology.

Father Mejia served St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, as parochial vicar for nearly two years, before being assigned as pastor of Sacred Heart, Othello, in 2002.

Father Pitstick has been pastor of Our Lady of the Valley, Okanogan, since Aug. 1, 1998.

He was ordained June 23, 1994, after studies at Bishop White Seminary, the American College in Louvain, Belgium, and North American College, Rome.

He was parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, before taking up his ministry in Okanogan in 1998.

Father Pitstick offers a “daily retreat” via cyberspace, through Immaculate Heart Retreat Center’s web site:

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