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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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New assignments announced for three priests

the Inland Register

(From the Jan. 14, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Skylstad has announced new parish assignments for three priests of the Spokane Diocese.

Effective Jan. 20, Father Lucas Tomson is the new pastor of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Okanogan.

Effective Feb. 1, Father Steve Werner becomes pastor of the parishes in Colville, Kettle Falls, and Northport, and Father Cyprien Niyitegeka becomes temporary administrator of St. Thomas More Catholic Student Center, Pullman.

Father Tomson (right) was ordained a priest June 29, 2007, after studies at Bishop White Seminary and North American College, Rome.

His first assignment was in Walla Walla, where he was parochial vicar of Assumption Parish and a teacher at DeSales High School.

He was named parochial vicar of Assumption Parish, Spokane, last August.

Father Niyitegeka (left) was ordained to the priesthood in Rwanda, his native country, in July 2000.

He served as a spiritual director of Bishop White Seminary before transferring to the Spokane Diocese in July 2007.

He was named parochial vicar of St. Augustine Parish, Spokane, in August 2007. In July 2008 he became pastor of the parishes in Okanogan, Oroville, and Tonas-ket, until Father Alex Zepeda was named pastor of the latter two parishes in September of that year.

Father Werner (right), ordained to the priesthood May 22, 1998, has been pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Student Center in Pullman since July 2002.

He studied at Washington State University, Bishop White Seminary, and Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore., prior to ordination.

His first assignment as a priest was to St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, where he was parochial vicar for a year, before being named pastor of the parishes in Oroville and Tonasket in August 1999.


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