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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


Assignments for 19 priests take effect July 1

the Inland Register

(From the June 19, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

After seeking the advice of the Diocesan Consultors, Bishop Blase J. Cupich has made the following appointments, effective July 1, 2014:

Retired

• Father Tyrone Schaff

Pastor

• Father Miguel Mejia
Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane
• Father David Kuttner
Sacred Heart Parish, Tekoa
St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish, Oakesdale
while serving as Spiritual Director and Priest in Residence at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, Spokane
• Father Gustavo Ruiz
St. Anne Parish, Medical Lake
Mary Queen Parish, Sprague
St. Michael Parish, Reardan
• Father Jeffrey Core
Sacred Heart Parish, Pullman
• Father José Jaime Maldonado
Immaculate Conception Parish, Oroville
Holy Rosary Parish, Tonasket

Administrator

• Father Michael Savelesky
St. Rose of Lima Parish, Cheney
(while retaining position as Moderator of the Curia and pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, St. John, and Holy Rosary Parish, Rosalia)

Adjutant Judicial Vicar, Promoter of Justice, and Defender of the Bond of the Tribunal of the Diocese of Spokane

• Father Matthew Larsen
(while retaining his appointment as pastor of Assumption Parish, Spokane)

Assistant to the Rector for Formation, Bishop White Seminary

• Father Patrick Baraza
(while retaining teaching duties at Gonzaga University and pastor of St. Ann Parish, Spokane)

Chaplain

• Father Vincent Nguyen
Chaplain of the Vietnamese Community at St. Anthony Parish, Spokane, with residence at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane

One Year Leave of Absence

• Father Michael Ishida
to Marian Fathers’ Novitiate
• Father Fernando Maldonado
to serve in the Diocese of San Diego

Parochial Vicar

• Father Jason Hiner
Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane
• Father Richard Semple
St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane
• Father David Gaines
St. Patrick Parish, Walla Walla
Assumption Parish, Walla Walla
St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Walla Walla
• Father Paul Heric
St. Rose of Lima Parish, Cheney
• Father Brian Sattler
St. Patrick Parish, Walla Walla
Assumption Parish, Walla Walla
St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Walla Walla
• Father Curtis Seidel
St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley
St. Joseph Parish, Rockford
• Father Dale Tuckerman
St. Charles Parish, Spokane
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Spokane

– Announced at the Catholic Pastoral Center May 18, 2014


by Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

As of July 1, assignments will take effect for 19 priests of the Spokane Diocese, including five men to be ordained as priests on June 27.

Father Ty Schaff, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane, since Aug. 1, 2006, will retire.

Father Miguel Mejia, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Cheney, moves to Our Lady of Fatima, Spokane, as pastor.

Father Mike Savelesky will become the administrator of St. Rose of Lima, while retaining his diocesan administration role as Moderator of the Curia and his assignment as pastor of the parishes in St. John and Rosalia.

Father Matthew Larsen has been named Adjutant Judicial Vicar, Promoter of Justice, and Defender of the Bond of the Tribunal of the Diocese of Spokane. He will continue his present assignment, pastor of Assumption Parish, Spokane.

Father Patrick Baraza, who teaches at Gonzaga University and serves as pastor of St. Ann Parish, Spokane, has been named Assistant to the Rector for Formation at Bishop White Seminary, Spokane.

Father Vincent Nguyen has been serving as parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley, and St. Joseph Parish, Rockford, since July 1, 2012. His new role will be ministry as chaplain to the Vietnamese community at St. Anthony Parish, Spokane, with residence at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane.

Father David Kuttner is presently parochial vicar of the three parishes in Walla Walla – St. Patrick, Assumption, and St. Francis of Assisi. Next month he will become pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Tekoa, and St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish, Oakesdale. He will also serve as spiritual director and Priest in Residence at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, Spokane.

Father Michael Ishida has also been serving as parochial vicar for St. Patrick, Assumption, and St. Francis of Assisi parishes in Walla Walla. Effective July 1, Father Ishida will begin a one-year leave of absence to the novitiate of the Marian Fathers.

Father Fernando Maldonado will also begin a one-year leave of absence, for service in the Diocese of San Diego, Calif. Father Maldonado has been serving as a chaplain at Lourdes Medical Center, Pasco.

Father Gustavo Ruiz becomes pastor of St. Anne Parish, Medical Lake; Mary Queen Parish, Sprague; and St. Michael Parish, Reardan. He has been serving as administrator of those three parishes since last July 1.

Father Jeffrey Core also shifts from administrator to pastor, of Sacred Heart Parish in Pullman. He, too, has been administratorsince July 1, 2013.

Father José Jaime Maldonado is the third priest moving from administrator – in his case, of Immaculate Conception Parish, Oroville, and Holy Rosary Parish, Tonasket, to pastor of those same two parishes.

Father Jason Hiner has been parochial vicar of St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane, since his ordination to the priesthood in 2011. He will now minister as parochial vicar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Father Richard Semple was originally ordained for the Spokane Diocese. He later joined the Canons Regular of St. Augustine, making solemn vows in August 2007. He has been released by the Canons for service as parochial vicar of St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane.

Five men are scheduled for ordination to the priesthood on June 27. Their assignments for priestly ministry have been announced as well. All will serve as parochial vicars.

Father David Gaines: St. Patrick, Assumption, and St. Francis of Assisi parishes, Walla Walla.

Father Paul Heric: St. Rose of Lima Parish, Cheney.

Father Brian Sattler: St. Patrick, Assumption, and St. Francis of Assisi parishes, Walla Walla.

Father Curtis Seidel: St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley, and St. Joseph Parish, Rockford.

Father Dale Tuckerman: St. Charles and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary parishes, Spokane.

Father Schaff was ordained to the priesthood June 9, 1973.

He served as assistant pastor at St. Patrick Parish, Walla Walla, and St. Francis Xavier Parish, Spokane, before ministry as pastor of the parishes in Northport and Kettle Falls in June 1981.

He was named pastor of the parishes in Davenport and Reardan in September of that year. In 1987 he moved to Assumption Parish, Spokane, as pastor; seven years later he became pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in what is now Spokane Valley. His most recent assignment has been to Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane, where he has been pastor since Aug. 1, 2006.

In addition to his parish ministry, Father Schaff spent over 20 years as an Air Force Ready Reserve chaplain. He was Wing Chaplain for the 141 Air Refueling Wing Washington Air National Guard, and was activated in support of Desert Storm.

He also was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served members of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines; the Royal Air Force; the Royal Australian Air Force; and U.S. and multi-national diplomatic personnel.

During his chaplain service he was cited for meritorious service for numerous aero-medical evacuation missions of the wounded from Iraq. He retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Father Mejia was ordained a priest Aug. 11, 2000, and began his priestly ministry that year as parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco.

He was parochial administrator of the parishes in Dayton, Pomeroy, and Waitsburg from December 2001-July 1, 2002, when he was named pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Othello.

In 2008 he became parochial vicar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane and also served as administrator of the parishes in Oakesdale, Rosalia, St. John, and Tekoa.

He moved to St. Rose of Lima Parish, Cheney, as pastor effective July 1, 2011.

Father Savelesky has been named administrator of St. Rose.

He was ordained a priest on Aug. 4, 1973. His first assignment was to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane, as assistant pastor.

Beginning in 1975 he began several years of seminary formation work, both as rector of Bishop White Seminary and as director of the Deacon Formation Program.

In 1980 he became pastor of St. Peter Parish, Spokane, and editor of the Inland Register. He continued as IR editor until 1985.

In 1995 he moved to Walla Walla as pastor of St. Patrick and St. Francis of Assisi parishes. In 2001 he returned to Spokane as pastor of Assumption Parish.

Bishop Cupich named him Moderator of the Curia in 2011, and pastor of the parishes in Oakesdale, Rosalia, St. John, and Tekoa in 2012.

Father Larsen was ordained to the priesthood June 26, 2009.

Father Larsen practiced as an attorney before entering priestly formation for the Spokane Diocese.

His first assignment was to St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley, where he was assigned as parochial vicar on Aug. 1, 2009.

He moved to Assumption Parish, Spokane, as pastor on July 1, 2012.

In August 2012 he completed his requirements for a License in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Father Baraza was ordained a priest on Sept. 25, 1982, in Kenya. He came to Spokane in 2005 after doctoral studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.

He served as a priest in residence at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane and has been in residence at Bishop White Seminary, Spokane, while teaching at Gonzaga University and serving as pastor of St. Ann Parish.

Father Nguyen was ordained to the priesthood Dec. 21, 2005, for the Spokane Diocese.

He was administrator of the parishes in Oakesdale, Rosalia, St. John, and Tekoa in 2007, then moved as parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Walla Walla, the next year.

One year after that, in 2008, he was named pastor of St. Mary of the Rosary Parish, Chewelah. In 2012 he became parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley, and St. Joseph Parish, Rockford.

Father Kuttner, ordained a priest of the Spokane Diocese on June 26, 2009, has been serving as senior parochial vicar of the three parishes in Walla Walla – St. Patrick, St. Francis of Assisi, and Assumption – since July 1 of last year. He has also been ministering as chaplain of the Walla Walla Catholic schools.

His first assignment after priestly ordination was to St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane, where he was parochial vicar until Aug. 1, 2010, when he was named pastor of the parishes in Oroville and Tonasket.

Father Ishida was ordained a priest on July 7, 2006.

On Aug. 1 of that year he began ministry as parochial vicar of St. Patrick and St. Francis Xavier parishes in Spokane.

One year later he was appointed pastor of the parishes in Wilbur and Odessa.

Since July of last year he has ministered as senior parochial vicar of St. Patrick, St. Francis of Assisi, and Assumption parishes in Walla Walla.

Father Fernando Maldonado was ordained to the priesthood for the Spokane Diocese on June 29, 1999.

He was first assigned as parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Walla Walla. One year later he became pastor of the parishes in Dayton, Pomeroy, and Waitsburg.

In 2003 Father Maldonado was named parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Othello, and two years later became pastor of the parishes in Oroville and Tonasket.

He returned to Othello as pastor in 2007. The next year he became parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, where he has also served as a chaplain at Lourdes Medical Center.

Father Ruiz was ordained a priest on July 7, 2006.

He was parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, before being named pastor of the parishes in Brewster and Twisp in 2008.

In 2011 he moved to Walla Walla, where he was parochial vicar of the three parishes there. The next year he began ministry as parochial vicar for the parishes in Colville, Northport, Kettle Falls, Curlew, and Republic.

He was named administrator of the parishes in Medical Lake, Reardan, and Sprague on July 1 of last year.

Father Core was ordained a priest on May 26, 2011.

His first priestly ministry assignment was to the three Walla Walla parishes – St. Patrick, St. Francis of Assisi, and Assumption – as parochial vicar. One year later he added responsibility as canonical administrator of the Walla Walla Catholic schools.

He was named administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Pullman, July 1, 2013.

Father José Jaime Maldonado was ordained to the priesthood May 24, 2002.

He was assigned as parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, where he served until July 1, 2005, when he was named administrator of the parishes in Brewster and Twisp.

Three years later he became pastor of the parishes in Chewelah, Springdale, and Valley, where he served for a year before moving to St. Patrick and St. Francis of Assisi parishes, Walla Walla, as parochial vicar.

He was named administrator of the Oroville and Tonasket parishes last July 1.

Father Hiner was ordained a priest on May 26, 2011. Since ordination he has served as parochial vicar of St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane.

Father Semple was ordained a priest of the Spokane Diocese June 23, 2000.

He was parochial vicar of St. Augustine Parish, Spokane, until his appointment as pastor of the parishes in Oroville and Tonasket in July 2002.

The next year he joined the Canons of St. Augustine in Austria. He made solemn vows with the Religious order in 2007, and has been released from the order for priestly ministry in the Spokane Diocese.

The other five men receiving appointments are deacons who will be ordained to the priesthood on June 27 at St. Aloysius Church in Spokane. All five will serve as parochial vicars.

The five participated separately in email interviews recently.

Father David Gaines, 29, was born in Colorado Springs, Colo. He graduated from Medical Lake High School and Gonzaga University, here he had a double major in philosophy and religious studies, with a minor in music performance. He completed priestly formation at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he was awarded an STB (Bachelor of Sacred Theology) and M.Div. (Master in Divinity) degrees.

He said he “could not be more grateful” for the time spent in formation, deepening his “friendship with God and forming new friendships with others.”

“I am zealous for souls and also ready to learn so much more about the culture, families, God, and myself,” he said.

Father Paul Heric, 48, was born in Seattle, where his brother, Bill, is a priest of the archdiocese.

He graduated from Shorewood High School and completed college at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore., where he also completed his four years of theology in preparation for priesthood.

His field of study was anthropology and youth culture through the eyes of St. John Paul II. For the last two years he has been in residence at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes and assisting the Moderator of the Curia in diocesan administration, particularly with youth ministry and spearheading the Catholic Youth Celebration for the last two years.

During his years in formation, he particularly enjoyed “retreat days and … living in community. The ability to share the journey to priesthood with other men.” He’s looking forward to being able to “administer the sacraments and build up and be part of a community of faith that we can grow together. To be Christ to the world.”

Father Brian Sattler, 51, was born in Spokane, where he graduated from St. Charles School and attended Gonzaga Prep and Shadle High School.

He graduated from Gonzaga University in 2010, majoring in philosophy, with a minor in religious studies.

At Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon, he completed his priestly formation with a master of arts degree in theology, with a concentration in Scripture; a Master in Divinity degree; and a bachelor in sacred theology degree from San Anselmo in Rome, which he was awarded through a distance learning program.

“I like to build things,” he said. “I’m a carpenter … I earned my undergraduate degree while working full time.” That experience gives him a perspective of gratitude for the support he’s received over the years. “I used to be on the other side,” as a member of the laity, he said. “I’m a church supporter. I know that we support our seminarians. I know what that’s about. I’m grateful that they support me and the diocese.”

Father Curtis Seidel, 27, was born in Billings, Mont., where he graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School.

At Gonzaga University, he completed his undergraduate work with a double major in philosophy and classical studies.

He then completed his priestly formation at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor in sacred theology degree. He’s in the process of completing a licentiate in sacred theology, concentrating on systematic theology.

During his journey to priesthood, he said, he “always enjoyed the academics.” The seminary communities he experienced, both at Bishop White and CUA, “were wonderful.” He mentioned working with young adult ministry at St. Joseph Parish on Capitol Hill, which he termed “an incredibly rewarding experience.”

He, too, is looking forward to administering the sacraments. “There is something truly amazing about the idea of bringing Christ substantially to people in the Eucharist, and the forgiveness of God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.”

Father Dale Tuckerman, 33, grew up in Connecticut, but attended Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colo., in addition to his course work at Gonzaga University, where he majored in philosophy and Catholic Studies.

“My favorite part of priestly formation was spending each day with so many amazing people in the seminary,” he said. “I was continually encouraged and humbled by the charity of so many … it was truly a family. I am looking forward to continuing that experience in the Catholic family here in the diocese….”

He will be ordained in the same church, St. Aloysius in Spokane, where he was received into the Church in 2007 at Easter Vigil.

“As the psalmist says, ‘How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me? I will raise the cup of salvation and call on the Lord’s name.’”


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