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Assignments change for 12 diocesan priests this year
the Inland Register
(From the April 10, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)
After consultation with the Priests Personnel Committee, Bishop Skylstad has made the following appointments. Unless otherwise noted, appointments are effective July 1, 2008:
• Msgr. Kevin Codd
• Father Alejandro Zepeda
• Father Kenneth St. Hilaire
• Father James Mangan
Father Edgar Borchardt, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Pullman, has been named pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Colbert, effective July 1.
Msgr. Kevin Codd, completing a sabbatical after service as rector of The American College in Louvain, Belgium, will be the new pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Othello, effective June 1.
Father Michael Kwiatkowski, pastor in Colbert since 1994, moves to St. Joseph Parish, Otis Orchards, on July 1.
Also effective July 1, Father José Jaime Maldonado, administrator of the parishes in Brewster and Twisp, becomes pastor of the parishes in Chewelah, Springdale, and Valley.
Father James Mangan, pastor of St. Joseph in Otis Orchards since 1996, retires this year after more than 39 years of priestly ministry.
Father José Luís Millan has been assigned to Sacred Heart Parish, Pullman, after serving the Chewelah, Springdale, and Valley parishes as pastor since 2002.
Father Cyprien Niyitegeka, presenting parochial vicar of St. Augustine Parish, Spokane, and in residence at Bishop White Seminary, becomes pastor of the parishes in Okanogan, Oroville, and Tonasket on July 1.
Father Rory Pitstick will leave ministry in Eastern Washington to serve as a faculty member at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore. He has been pastor of Our Lady of the Valley, Okanogan, since 1998, and administrator of the parishes in Oroville and Tonasket since February 2007.
Father Luís Rivera will be parochial vicar of the parishes in Okanogan, Oroville, and Tonasket, effective July 1.
Father Gustavo Ruiz, who has been temporary administrator in Oroville and Tonasket this spring, becomes pastor of Brewster and Twisp on July 1.
Father Kenneth St. Hilaire has two new assignments: parochial vicar of St. Francis Xavier and St. Patrick parishes in Spokane, and Director of Spiritual Formation at Bishop White Seminary, Spokane.
Father Alejandro Zepeda was named parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, on March 1.
Father Borchardt was ordained to the priesthood June 12, 1996, after studies at the University of Wisconsin; Loyola University and the Catholic Theological Union, both in Chicago; and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.
Besides his ministry as pastor in Pullman, Father Borchardt served as parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley.
Msgr. Codd was ordained a priest on Aug. 25, 1979.
He was assistant pastor at St. Mary Parish, Spokane, before serving as pastor of the parishes in Brewster, Twisp, and at St. Patrick Walla Walla.
He also has been pastor of Immaculate Conception, Oroville, and ministered in the diocese’s mission in Guatemala.
He was named vice rector of the American College, Louvain, Belgium, in 1999, and named rector two years later. He was elevated to the rank of monsignor last August.
Father Kwiatkowski, originally from Ohio, was ordained to the priesthood Dec. 30, 1978. He originally was a member of the Comboni Missionaries Religious order. He came to the Spokane Diocese in 1983, and has served as a spiritual director at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, as associate pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, and pastor of the parishes in Newport, Metaline Falls, Usk, Ione and, since 1994, St. Joseph in Colbert.
Father Kwiatkowski also served the diocese as Director of Deacon Formation, from 2000-2005.
Father Maldonado was named administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Brewster, and St. Genevieve Parish, Twisp, July 1, 2005.
Father Maldonado was ordained a priest May 24, 2002. He first served as parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco.
He completed a degree in philosophy from Seminario de Monterrey in Mexico before studying at Bishop White Seminary, Spokane. He completed his priestly formation at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore.
Father James Mangan retires this year after more than 39 years of priestly ministry in Eastern Washington.
Father Mangan was ordained April 12, 1969, after studies at Bishop White, Mount Angel, and St. Thomas seminaries.
He was assistant pastor of St. Charles Parish and St. Francis Xavier Parish, Spokane, as well as Holy Family Parish, Clarkston, before becoming pastor of Immaculate Conception, Oroville; the parishes in Okanogan and Omak; St. Joseph, Colbert; and Sacred Heart, Wilbur.
He was named pastor of St. Joseph, Otis Orchards, his present assignment, in July 1996.
Father Millan was ordained Aug. 11, 2000.
He was first assigned as parochial vicar of St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane, before becoming pastor of Chewelah, Springdale, and Valley in 2002.
He grew up in Toluca, Mexico, and attended Bishop White Seminary and The American College in Louvain, Belgium, where he earned a licentiate degree in canon law.
Father Millan also serves in the diocese’s Tribunal Office.
Father Niyitegeka has been ministering as parochial vicar at St. Augustine Parish in Spokane.
Father Niyitegeka, a native of Rwanda, was ordained in Rwanda in July, 2000.
He completed a master’s degree in spirituality at Bishop White Seminary and has served as a spiritual director for the seminarians at Bishop White Seminary during his time at St. Augustine.
Father Pitstick, ordained June 23, 1994, has been pastor of Our Lady of the Valley, Okanogan, since Aug. 1, 1998.
Prior to that he was parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Spokane.
In Feb. 2007 he was named administrator of the parishes in Oroville and Tonasket, in addition to his ministry in Okanogan.
He studied at Bishop White Seminary, The American College in Louvain, and North American College, Rome. He has focused much of his scholarly work on Scripture.
Besides his pastoral work, Father Pitstick offers a “virtual retreat” through Immaculate Heart Retreat Center.
Father Rivera is from Oaxaca, Mexico. He was ordained a priest June 29, 2007.
He has served the diocese as parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco.
Prior to ordination, he studied at Bishop White Seminary, Spokane, and Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore.
Father Ruiz 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 theology studies at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore.
He has been parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, and St. Francis Xavier and St. Patrick parishes in Spokane, since ordination as a priest.
Father St. Hilaire, originally from Pasco, Wash., was ordained a priest June 29, 2007.
He studied at Bishop White Seminary and North American College, Rome. He returned to Rome after ordination as a priest, where he recently completed advanced theological studies in spirituality at the Teresianum Institute.
Father Zepeda, a native of San Mateo Atenco, Mexico, studied at Gonzaga University and The American College in Louvain, Belgium. He has been parochial vicar of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Patrick Parishes, Walla Walla, prior to his assignment last month to Pasco.