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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Two to be ordained as priests this month

by Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

(From the June 18, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Thomas Daly will ordain two men as priests of the Diocese of Spokane on Friday, June 19, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes: Deacons David Kruse and Kyle Ratuiste.

After priestly ordination, both men will begin assignments as parochial vicars: Deacon Kruse at St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane, and Deacon Ratuiste at Assumption, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. Patrick parishes in Walla Walla.

Deacon Kruse (right) was born in Santa Barbara, Calif. His father is deceased; his mother lives in Spokane Valley, as does his twin sister and her family. Another sister and family live in San Diego, Calif.

He attended elementary school in Del Mar, Calif., and high school in San Diego. College was at Grossmont College, San Diego, and Gonzaga University.

Deacon Kruse also did post-graduate work at the Defense Language Institute in Montery, Calif., and the JFK Special Warfare School, Ft. Bragg, N.C. He served in U.S. Army Special Operations from 2000-2008 and is a combat veteran of the Iraq War. He is a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

This year he completed priestly formation at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

In an email interview he said that his favorite parts of seminary formation were “building lifelong friendships and relationships over the past years.”

As a priest, he looks forward to “witnessing the healing power of God’s love and grace transform the lives of people. It’s humbling, beautiful, and a privilege to behold.”

Deacon Ratuiste (left) also completed seminary formation at The Catholic University of America. He graduated this year with a master of divinity and bachelor of sacred theology degrees.

He was born in Kennewick, Wash., and graduated from Tri-Cities Prep in Pasco before entering Gonzaga University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry.

His parents, Morie and Cocot Ratuiste, and younger brother, Kevin, live in Kennewick. His older half-sister, Sarah, and her family live in Arlington, Wash.

“My favorite part (of priestly formation) has been the friendships I have made with seminarians and priests from across the country. These relationships have set the context of my whole formation journey, from initial discernment through beginning to come into my own as a minister of God, and I believe these friendships will be central to sustaining my priestly ministry into the future,” he said in an email interview.

After ordination as a priest, “I’m looking forward to being immersed in parish life by getting to know the families I will serve and by being present to them in their joys, hopes, anxieties, and sorrows. I want to be a bridge that helps lead people closer to Christ.” He added that he has been praying for the people of the diocese and that “I have been taking special care to practice my Spanish, and I hope to be available to our Hispanic community in the diocese.”

(IR file photos)

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