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Pastoral responsibilities shift for three diocesan priests

the Inland Register

(From the December 15, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Cupich has announced additional parish assignments for three priests of the diocese, effective Nov. 28.

Father Ed Marier is now the pastor of the parishes in Metaline Falls and Ione. The two parishes are added to his present responsibilities for the parishes in Newport, Usk, and the Kalispel Reservation.

Father Steve Werner adds responsibility for the parishes in Republic and Curlew to his present assignment as pastor of Colville, Kettle Falls, and Northport. His assignment as pastor of Metaline Falls and Ione has shifted to Father Marier.

Father Kevin Oiland, parochial vicar of Colville, Kettle Falls, and Northport, will also serve in that capacity for the parishes in Republic and Curlew.

Father Ed Marier studied at Bishop White Seminary, Spokane, and St. Patrick Seminary, Menlo Park, Calif., prior to ordination to the priesthood on May 21, 1988.

He was given his first assignment, as associate pastor of St. Mary Parish in Spokane Valley, the next month.

In 1991 he became associate pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco. One year later he became pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Othello.

Father Marier became pastor of the parishes in Wilbur and Odessa in July 1996. One year later he moved to become pastor of the parishes in Newport, Metaline Falls, Ione, Usk, and the Kalispel Reservation. He served there for seven years prior to his assignment to Colton and Uniontown.

He was named pastor of the parishes in Newport, Usk, and the Kalispel Reservation in July of this year.

Father Steve Werner was named pastor of the parishes in Colville, Northport, and Kettle Falls in February 2010. He added Metaline Falls and Ione on July 1 of this year.

He was born in Tacoma. After completing a degree at Washington State University, he entered the priestly formation program at Bishop White Seminary, Spokane. He completed his theology studies at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore.

Father Werner was parochial vicar at St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, immediately after his ordination May 22, 1998.

The following year he became pastor of the parishes in Oroville and Tonasket. Three years later, in 2002, he was named to St. Thomas More Newman Center at Washington State University now the St. Thomas More Catholic Student Center at Washington State University. He remained there until his move to his present assignment.

Father Kevin Oiland was appointed parochial vicar of the parishes of Immaculate Conception, Colville; Pure Heart of Mary, Northport; Sacred Heart, Kettle Falls; St. Joseph, Metaline Falls; and St. Bernard, Ione, last July.

Since ordination to priesthood June 26, 2009, Father Oiland had been parochial vicar of St. Patrick and St. Francis of Assisi parishes, Walla Walla, while also serving as a chaplain and teacher at DeSales High School, Walla Walla.

Father Oiland studied at Bishop White Seminary, Spokane, and then completed priestly formation at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore.

(IR file photos)

Official Appointments

After seeking the advice of the Diocesan Consultors, Bishop Blase J. Cupich has made the following appointments:

Pastor

Father Edward Marier
St. Joseph Parish, Metaline Falls
St. Bernard Parish, Ione

Father Steven Werner
Immaculate Conception Parish, Republic
St. Patrick Parish, Curlew

Parochial Vicar

Father Kevin Oiland
Immaculate Conception Parish, Republic
St. Patrick Parish, Curlew

effective Nov. 28, 2011

Announced at the Catholic Pastoral Center Nov. 27, 2011


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