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Appointments announced for two diocesan priests
by Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register
(From the October 16, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)
After seeking the advice of the Diocesan Consultors,Archbishop Blase J. Cupich has made the following appointments:
College of Consultors
• Father Miguel Mejia
Diocesan Review Board
• Father Ty Schaff
– Announced at the Catholic Pastoral Center Oct. 8, 2014
Two priests of the Diocese of Spokane have been given new assignments by Archbishop Blase Cupich.
Father Miguel Mejia, who serves as pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane, director of Detention Ministry, and Liaison to the Charismatic community, has been named a diocesan consultor, effective Oct. 8, 2014.
Father Ty Schaff, who retired from active ministry July 1 this year, has been appointed to the Diocesan Review Board.
Father Mejia was ordained to the priesthood 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. He succeeded Father Schaff as pastor of Our Lady of Fatima on July 1 of this year.
His appointment returns the College of Consultors back to its full complement of six, plus a Vicar General.
The Consultors offer counsel to the bishop in his governance of the diocese. One of their main tasks in the immediate future will be the election of a diocesan administrator, to serve between the time of Archbishop Cupich’s installation as Archbishop of Chicago on Nov. 18 and Pope Francis’s appointment of a new Bishop of Spokane.
Father Schaff’s appointment was effective Sept. 24.
The Diocesan Review Board is established as a confidential consultative body to the Catholic Bishop of Spokane. The mission of the Review Board is to oversee the implementation of policies and procedures for the prevention and response to sexual misconduct by clergy, staff and volunteers of the Diocese of Spokane.
The Review Board’s responsibilities include ensuring that the diocese responds quickly to victims and cooperates in a timely fashion with civil authorities, and the just treatment of the accused persons.
The majority of the Review Board members are laity who are not in the employ of the diocese and are of outstanding integrity.
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 last assignment before retirement, as pastor of Our Lady of Fatima, Spokane, began 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.
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