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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Seventeen men now studying for priesthood for Spokane Diocese

the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 1, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Felipe Aparicio is a freshman seminarian at Bishop White Seminary. He comes to Bishop White from Brewster, Wash., where he attended grade school and graduated from Brewster High. He and his family are members of Sacred Heart Parish. Felipe is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Michael Ball is a junior at Bishop White Seminary and Gonzaga University where he is earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. Michael began his college education at Boise State and he continues to have family roots in Idaho. Michael’s pastoral assignment this year is to serve the poor and homeless at the House of Charity.

Isaac de la Cruz is in his final year of English language studies at Gonzaga University and is on track to graduate in May of 2010. He comes to Spokane from his home state of Vera Cruz, Mexico, where he completed two years of theology and major seminary. Isaac has been involved in pastoral ministry with the Hispanic community at St. Joseph Parish in Spokane.

Jeffrey Core was raised in Walla Walla where his family attended St. Patrick Parish. Jeff earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Philosophy and History from Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif., and was director of campus ministry at the University of Great Falls prior to joining the priestly formation program. Jeff spent last summer working in a variety of ministries offered through Catholic Charities. He is in this third year of studies at Catholic University in Washington D.C. and will be ordained a deacon on April 10, 2010.

Siloé Perez Gomez is currently completing his senior year at Bishop White Seminary and Gonzaga University and is on track to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. He is a native a Vera Cruz, Mexico and previously studied at the Seminario Hispanio de Santa Maria de Guadelupe in Mexico City. Siloé recently engaged in an extended summer pastoral assignment at Sacred Heart Parish in Othello under the guidance of Msgr. Kevin Codd.

Jason Hiner is a 2007 graduate of Bishop White Seminary and Gonzaga University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. Jason has a strong history of serving the L’Arche community in Spokane. He is currently in his third year of theology at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon and is preparing for ordination as a deacon in the spring of 2010.

Michael Humphreys graduated from Gonzaga University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He comes to the pre-theology program at Bishop White Seminary after taking a leave from the doctoral program in Physics at Washington State University. While in Pullman he was an active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Student Center. Michael was born and raised in Sunnyside, Wash.

David Kruse is a sophomore at Bishop White Seminary and Gonzaga University where he is earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. David is a “second career” seminarian after having operated a publishing company and serving in the United States Army. He is a member of Mary Queen Parish in Spokane. David’s pastoral assignment is as a volunteer with Catholic Charities Volunteer Chore Service.

Kris Leistritz successfully completed a pastoral year assignment this past June at Assumption Parish in Spokane under the guidance of Father Mike Savelesky. He is currently in this third year of theological studies at the American College in Louvain, Belgium. Kris is a graduate of Tri-Cities Prep and holds a Bachelors degree in Philosophy from Gonzaga University. His family lives in Pasco where they are members of St. Patrick Parish.

Jeffrey Lewis is a native of Spokane and a graduate of Mead High School. He holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business from Washington State University. This past summer he served the parish communities of St. Patrick and St. Francis Xavier in Spokane. He is currently in his third year of theological studies at the Catholic University of America and preparing for ordination as a deacon on April 10, 2010. Jeff will be serving as the diocesan coordinator of Quo Vadis Days next summer.

Ricardo Flores Mendez was born and raised in Mexico. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon and is currently in his second year of theology at Mount Angel. Ricardo’s pastoral assignment last summer was to work with Msgr. Pedro Ramírez and Deacon Doug Banks serving the people of St. Thomas More Parish in Spokane.

Kyle Miller is a freshman seminarian at Bishop White Seminary. He is native son of Walla Walla where he attended both grade school and high school. He and his family are members of St. Patrick Parish.

Deacon Luta Nsubuga holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Washington State University. He is currently in his fourth and final year of studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Luta is fluent in Spanish and has had several pastoral assignments in which he worked with Hispanic communities. Luta is scheduled to be ordained a priest at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes on May 21, 2010.

Kyle Ratuiste is a junior at Bishop White Seminary and Gonzaga University. Kyle is earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy while participating in the G.U. Honors Program. He is a graduate of St. Patrick Grade School and Tri-Cities Prep in Pasco. He and his family are members of St. Patrick Parish.

Barry Shoedel holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology from the St. Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Ind. Barry is in the early stages of earning a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from Gonzaga University. During his time at Gonzaga and Bishop White Seminary, Barry is also engaging in intensive pastoral ministry. His current pastoral assignment is to serve college students at the Catholic Newman Center at Eastern Washington University.

Tyler Smedley attended Bishop White Seminary and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Gonzaga University. Tyler spent last summer coordinating the Quo Vadis Days vocation camp as well as engaging in pastoral ministry with Father Cyprien Niyitegeka at Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Okanogan. Tyler is currently in his third year of theological studies at Theological College at the Catholic University of America, where he serves as president of the student body. Tyler is scheduled to be ordained a deacon on April 10, 2010.

Dale Tuckerman began his college education at Eastern Washington University and later transferred to Bishop White Seminary and Gonzaga University. Dale is a senior seminarian and on track to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy in May of 2010. He is a member of St. Aloysius Parish where he went through the RCIA program a few years ago. Dale’s pastoral assignment this year is to work as a volunteer with Catholic Charities’ Volunteer Chore Service.


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