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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Seventeen men are in priestly formation this year for Spokane Diocese

the Inland Register

(From the Sept. 30, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Justin Burgard earned his undergraduate degree in English Literature from Montana State University in 2006. He is currently enrolled in the pre-theology program at Bishop White Seminary and Gonzaga University where he is fulfilling the necessary requirements in philosophy. Justin is also assisting with the Sodality program at St. Charles School.

Deacon Jeffrey Core was raised in Walla Walla, where his family attended St. Patrick Parish. Deacon Core 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 in Montana prior to joining the priestly formation program. Deacon Core was assigned to St. Patrick Parish in Pasco this past summer, where he learned Spanish and engaged in bi-lingual ministry and preaching. He is finishing his final year at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

David Gaines is a 2008 graduate of Gonzaga University and Bishop White Seminary. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and a minor in religious studies. David served the people of St. Patrick and St. Francis Xavier parishes in Spokane while on a pastoral year which ended in July of 2010. He is currently in his first year of studies at the Catholic University of America.

Isaac de la Cruz successfully completed the English as a Second Language program at Gonzaga University in May and has moved from Bishop White Seminary to Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Ore. Because he has already completed some theological studies in Mexico, Isaac begins his time at Mount Angel in the second year class. He comes to the Diocese of Spokane from his home state of Vera Cruz, Mexico. Isaac has been involved in pastoral ministry with the Hispanic community at St. Joseph Parish in Spokane.

Deacon Jason Hiner is a 2007 graduate of Bishop White Seminary and Gonzaga University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. He is currently in his fourth and final year of theological studies at Mount Angel Seminary and is preparing for ordination as a priest in May of 2011. Deacon Hiner has a strong history of serving the L’Arche community in Spokane.

Michael Humphreys graduated from Gonzaga University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He left the doctoral program in Physics at Washington State University to enroll in the pre-theology program at Bishop White Seminary. He is currently in his second year. While a student at Washington State, he was an active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Student Center. Michael was born and raised in Sunnyside, Wash.

David Kruse is a senior at Bishop White Seminary and Gonzaga University where he is on track to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in May 2011. David comes to the seminary after operating 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 at St. Francis Xavier Parish where he assists at Mass and works with people in a specialized program of evangelization called “Faith in Rome.”

Deacon Jeffrey Lewis is a native of Spokane and a graduate of Mead High School. He holds both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Business from Washington State University. This past summer he organized and implemented the annual Quo Vadis vocation retreat. He is currently in his final year of theological studies at the Catholic University of America and preparing for ordination as a priest in May of 2011.

  Ricardo Flores Mendez was born and raised in Mexico. He finished the ESL program at Gonzaga University and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Angel College Seminary in 2008. He has worked in a variety of pastoral settings including serving the people of St. Thomas More Parish in Spokane under the guidance of Msgr. Pedro Ramírez.

Kyle Miller is a sophomore seminarian at Bishop White Seminary and is working on earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. He is native son of Walla Walla where he attended both grade school and high school. He and his family are parishioners of St. Patrick Parish there. Kyle is CPR certified and works at the American Red Cross.

James Powers is one of the newest seminarians studying for the diocese. He was born and raised in the Tri-Cities. James graduated from Tri-Cities Prep in Pasco and has completed one year of college at Gonzaga University. He is currently in his sophomore year at Bishop White Seminary.

Kyle Ratuiste is a senior at Bishop White Seminary and Gonzaga University. Kyle is on track to finish this school year with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Philosophy and Bio-Chemistry 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, Pasco.

Brian Sattler graduated from Gonzaga University in May of 2010 with a BA in philosophy within the Kossel track of philosophical studies. He engaged in pastoral ministry this past summer at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes under the direction of Deacon Chalo Martínez. Brian is currently a first year student at Mount Angel Seminary.

Curtis Seidel is a 2009 graduate of Bishop White Seminary and Gonzaga University. Curt is currently on a pastoral year at St. Patrick Parish in Pasco under the direction of Father Daniel Barnett. Curt is also learning Spanish and will minister to both English- and Spanish-speaking parishioners.

Barry Shoedel holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology from the St. Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Ind. Barry is in his final year of studies and is on track to earn a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from Gonzaga University. Barry has engaged in pastoral ministry at the Catholic Newman Center at Eastern Washington University and is currently teaching adult religious education at St. Patrick/St. Francis Parishes in Spokane.

Deacon Tyler Smedley is a 2006 graduate of Bishop White Seminary and Gonzaga University. He is currently in his final year of theological studies at the Catholic University of America and is preparing for priestly ordination in May of 2010. This past summer, Deacon Smedley was assigned to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes where he engaged in diaconal ministry.

Dale Tuckerman is a 2010 graduate of Bishop White Seminary and Gonzaga University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. He is a member of St. Aloysius Parish where he went through the RCIA program a few years ago. While at Bishop White, Dale worked as a volunteer with Catholic Charities Volunteer Chore Service. He is currently beginning his first year of theological studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.


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