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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Bishop Skylstad announces assignments for 14 diocesan priests

the Inland Register

(From the May 24, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Skylstad announced pastoral assignments for 14 priests of the Spokane Diocese.

All of the appointments but one are effective Aug. 1.

Appointed pastor:

Msgr. Pedro Ramírez, St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane.

Father Daniel Barnett, St. Patrick Parish, Pasco.

Father Victor Blazovich, St. Francis Xavier and St. Patrick parishes, Spokane.

Father Roy Floch, St. Paschal Parish, Spokane Valley.

Father Michael Ishida, Sacred Heart Parish, Wilbur, and St. Joseph Parish, Odessa.

Father Peter Amah, Immaculate Conception, Colville; Sacred Heart Parish, Kettle Falls; Pure Heart of Mary Parish, Northport.

Four, presently deacons, have been appointed parochial vicar. Before they take up those appointments, all four will be ordained to the priesthood June 29:

Deacon James Peak, St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane.

Deacon Luke Tomson, Assumption Parish, Walla Walla. He also will serve as a teacher and chaplain at DeSales High School, Walla Walla. His appointment is effective Dec. 15, 2007, after he returns from graduate studies in Rome.

Deacon Luis Castillo-Rivera, St. Patrick Parish, Pasco.

Deacon Kenneth St. Hilaire will continue graduate studies in spirituality at the Teresianum Institute, Rome.

Other appointments:

Father Darrin Connall, Director of Vocations.

Father Vincent Van Dao, administrator of Holy Rosary Parish in Rosalia, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in St. John, St. Catherine Parish in Oakesdale, and Sacred Heart Parish in Tekoa. He will continue his present ministry as parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane.

Father Bonaventure Obisike, full-time chaplain at Holy Family Hospital in Spokane.

Father Patrick Hartin continues to teach at Gonzaga University full-time.

Father Peter Amah is a native of Nigeria, from the state of Abia.

He attended Immaculate Conception Seminary in Abia for the equivalent of American high school. Following graduation, he attended another year of seminary in Nigeria, followed by a year of parish work. He then attended Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary, in Imo state, Nigeria, where he completed a degree in philosophy. He taught for one year at Immaculate Conception Seminary, then spent another year working in a parish.

He came to the United States in 2001. He attended Fordham University, in New York, and completed work on an M.A. in Religious Education.

He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Skylstad on Dec. 21, 2005, and has since served as parochial vicar of St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane.

Father Daniel Barnett was ordained to the priesthood June 23, 2000.

His first assignment was to the post of parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco. In 2002 he was named pastor of St. Patrick and St. Francis Xavier parishes in Spokane. Last August, he added Director of Vocations to his list of responsibilities. He will be relinquishing that office as he becomes pastor in Pasco.

Father Victor Blazovich came to the Spokane Diocese from the Archdiocese of Seattle.

He was ordained June 23, 2000, and first served as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane, before being named pastor of the parishes in Colton and Uniontown in 2001.

In July 2004, Father Blazovich moved to become pastor of the parishes in Colville, Kettle Falls, and Northport.

Deacon Luís Castillo-Rivera will be ordained to the priesthood June 29 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

He was ordained a deacon July 7, 2006, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Deacon Rivera is completing priestly formation studies at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore. He spent the summer of 2006 ministering at Holy Family Parish, Clarkston.

Father Darrin Connall returns to the role of Director of Vocations for the Spokane Diocese.

He previously included that among his ministries – as co-Director – when he was still pastor of the parishes in Colville, Kettle Falls, and Northport.

He was parochial vicar of St. Thomas More, Spokane, after his ordination May 29, 1992. In 2000 he became rector of Bishop White Seminary, Director of Seminarians, and Director of Vocations – the last, until last August.

Father Roy Floch is the new pastor of St. Paschal Parish, Spokane Valley.

Father Floch was ordained to the priesthood Oct. 29, 1977.

His ministry has included service in the Military Archdiocese as an Army chaplain, associate pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Spokane and St. Patrick Parish in Pasco, administrator of parishes in Northport and Kettle Falls, spiritual director of Bishop White Seminary and sacramental minister for His Life Catholic Ministry at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, and pastor of the parishes in Trentwood, Wilbur, and Odessa.

Father Patrick Hartin was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and ordained a priest there Aug. 15, 1971.

He is a well-known Scripture scholar author who has been teaching at Gonzaga University during his time as sacramental minister and canonical pastor of St. Paschal Parish, Spokane Valley.

He was incardinated into the Spokane Diocese – became a priest of this diocese – in October 2003, and became a U.S. citizen in January 2006.

Father Michael Ishida was ordained July 7, 2006.

He completed seminary formation this year at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Before entering the seminary, he was a registered nurse, working in cardiac care.

Since ordination, he has been serving as parochial vicar of St. Patrick and St. Francis Xavier parishes in Spokane.

Father Uche Bonaventure Obisike was ordained to the priesthood May 25, 2001.

His first assignment as a priest was ministry as parochial vicar of St. Patrick and St. Francis of Assisi parishes in Walla Walla.

From there, he became administrator of the parishes in Dayton and Waitsburg; pastor of the parishes in Ritzville, Lind, Sprague, and Washtucna; and, since July 2005, pastor of the parishes in Rosalia, St. John, Oakesdale, and Tekoa.

Deacon James Peak will be ordained to the priesthood June 29 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Deacon Peak is completing seminary studies at North American College, Rome. He spent summers ministering at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane, and St. Mary of the Rosary Parish, Chewelah, where he was ordained to the diaconate earlier this year. He holds the rank of Major in the Army Reserve.

Msgr. Pedro Ramírez has been pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, since July 1, 1991.

He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Spokane on Aug. 3, 1974, and invested as a monsignor March 8, 1997.

He served as assistant pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Othello, and St. Patrick, Pasco, before being named pastor of the parishes in Brewster and Twisp in 1988.

He also has ministered as spiritual director for the Spanish-speaking Cursillo.

Deacon Kenneth St. Hilaire also is studying at North American College, Rome, and will be ordained to the priesthood June 29 in Spokane.

He is an engineering graduate of Central Washington University.

Deacon Lucas Tomson is finishing priestly formation at North American College, Rome. He is a native of Spokane and spent part of the summer of 2006 learning Spanish.

Father Vincent Van Dao was born in Phuoc Ly, Vietnam. He spent several years teaching high school physics as a member of the Fraternity of the Virgin Mary of the Poor. He also taught computer science.

He has studied theology in France before studies at Bishop White Seminary, Spokane, and Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore.

He was ordained to the priesthood Dec. 21, 2005.


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