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Bishop Cupich appoints new liaison to charismatic community

the Inland Register

(From the October 17, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Cupich has appointed Father Miguel Mejia (left), pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Cheney, Diocesan Liaison to the Charismatic Community. The three-year term was effective Sept. 15.

He replaces Father Dan Wetzler, who has served in that capacity since 1976.

Catholics who participate in charismatic expressions of prayer meet on the first Friday of the month for Mass at St. Michael’s Chapel, Gonzaga University campus, 105 E. Boone. Those gatherings begin at 6:15 p.m. with praise, worship, and fellowship, followed by Mass at 7:15 p.m.

Father Mejia will be building a “leadership team” for the charismatic community. His other responsibilities will include:

• Represent the bishop to the charismatic groups in the diocese.
• Provide appropriate communication between the charismatic groups, the pastors and the bishop.
• Keep ties of unity with the priests in the diocese and other lay groups.
• Build unity between all the pastors, charismatic movement’s coordinators and all members.
• Coordinate, preside and summon meetings for the Diocesan Committee as many times as necessary.
• Make sure charismatic groups follow diocesan practices and directives.
• Promote total fidelity to the teaching of the Catholic Church and cooperation with the bishop and pastors in this regard.
• Aid, advise and support pastors when asked.
• Aid and advise prayer groups when asked and in consultation with the appropriate pastor.
• Coordinate with the Office of the Bishop the vetting of visiting priests, preachers, presenters, and teachers to insure that they are in good standing with the Church.
• Animate Charismatic Prayer Groups to live the identity, the mission and charism of this lay movement.
• Promote events and gatherings for formation, animation and growth.

In the letter of appointment, Bishop Cupich expressed his “full support for the Charismatic Movement, as I know the potential it has for building up the faith lives of people and our communities.”

Father Miguel Mejia was ordained to the priesthood Aug. 11, 2000.

He began seminary formation at the seminary in his home town of Toluca, Mexico. He came to the Spokane Diocese and studied at Bishop White Seminary and The Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, prior to ordination.

Father Mejia served for just under two years as parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, and seven months as the parochial administrator of the parishes in Dayton, Waitsburg, and Pomeroy, before becoming pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Othello.

In 2008 he was named parochial vicar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. During his time at the cathedral he was pastoral administrator of the parishes in Tekoa, Rosalia, Oakesdale, and St. John.

He became pastor in Cheney, and coordinator of the diocese’s prison ministry, in July 2011.

He also provides extensive translation work for the diocese, including the Inland Register.

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