Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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Spokane Diocese seminarians prepare for extensive Spanish language studies
the Inland Register
(From the April 10, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)
The Diocese of Spokane maintains a general policy that seminarians approaching ordination to the priesthood engage in Spanish language and cultural studies. The significant presence of Hispanic Catholics in the diocese makes it necessary for newly-ordained priests to have this experience in order to more fully serve the diocese’s pastoral needs.
The seminarians preparing for studies this year are Deacon Matthew Larsen of The Catholic University of America, David Kuttner of the North American College, Rome, and Kevin Oiland, Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore.
Deacon Matthew Larsen is preparing for a degree in canon law, which requires that a student be proficient in a foreign language – in his case, Spanish. He will begin classes in May at Gonzaga University, and will continue in the fall at The Catholic University of America.
Kevin Oiland and David Kuttner will travel to Cuernavaca, Mexico, to participate in the intensive language program offered by the IDEAL School of Spanish. They will live in the homes of host families and will be exposed to a wide variety of Mexican cultural opportunities.
Several of the seminarians and priests of the Diocese of Spokane have studied in Cuernavaca, including seminarian Luta Nsubuga and Father Luke Tomson, ordained to the priesthood in June 2007.