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Spokane man ordained as Dominican priest in D.C.

the Inland Register

(From the July 16, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Gabriel Joseph Torretta OP (IR photo courtesy of the Order of Preachers)

Dominican Father Gabriel Joseph (Zane) Torretta, the son of Patrick and Linda Torretta of Spokane, was one of eight men ordained to the priesthood for the Dominican Order by the Archbishop Charles John Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, for the Dominican Order on May 22 at St. Dominic Church in Washington, D.C.

Father Gabriel is a son of St. Thomas More parish in Spokane. He studied Japanese at Arizona State University, and studied pre-modern Japanese Literature at Columbia University.

Upon graduating in 2008, Father Gabriel entered the Dominican Order at St. Gertrude Priory in Cincinnati, Ohio, and made his first profession of vows there in 2009. He was then assigned to the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., to pursue studies for the priesthood. He made lifelong profession of vows in 2012.

During his years of formation, Father Gabriel has been engaged in various ministries, including assistant chaplaincy at a super-maximum-security prison in Youngstown, Ohio; helping direct a Frassati Fellowship for young adults in D.C.; and working in the campus ministry at the University of Maryland.

He was ordained a deacon in March 2014 and has served as a deacon at St. Matthew Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Father Gabriel is a friar of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. The province, based in New York City, was established in 1805 and currently has over 275 friars engaged in parish ministry, foreign missions, campus ministry, retreat work, and education. The province also operates Providence College in Rhode Island.

The Order of Preachers, commonly known as the Dominicans, was founded in Southern France in 1216 by St. Dominic de Guzmán. The Order is dedicated to the proclamation of the Word of God for the salvation of souls. The Dominican way of life consists of the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and attends to study as the basis for preaching. Dominican friars live in community, gathering each day for common prayer. There are over 6,000 Dominican friars worldwide.

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