Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington



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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
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Father Gene Tracy marks 25 years of priestly ministry

by Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

(From the August 18, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Gene Tracy (right), presently serving as pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Spokane, marks 25 years of priestly ministry on Sept. 6.

On Saturday, Sept. 3, Father Tracy will offer the 4 p.m. Mass “in thanksgiving to God for allowing me to serve the Church as a priest.” Bishop Daly is scheduled to be part of that Eucharistic celebration.

A reception will follow on the parish grounds, 545 E. Providence, Spokane.

Father Tracy was ordained Sept. 6, 1991, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in downtown Spokane by Bishop William Skylstad.

He is a native of Spokane. He made his First Communion and was Confirmed at St. Aloysius Parish. He graduated from the parish elementary school as well as Gonzaga Prep.

After studies at Gonzaga University, he served as an accountant in the Spokane area for several years.

He completed priestly formation at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

He was first assigned as parochial vicar of St. Francis Xavier Parish right after ordination. In a letter to the parishioners, introducing himself, he wrote:

“Some of you may be wondering how a businessman could decide to become a priest. The best and most succinct answer to that question lies in the fact that God’s ways are not those of the world. During my future life as a priest I will try to follow His will and I hope to inspire others to do the same. I have discovered how God is working in my life and I would like to share that message with you as my life and yours progress together.”

In addition to priestly formation, Father Tracy spent time in Cuernavaca, Mexico, at the language institute there, learning Spanish.

After his first assignment at St. Francis Xavier, Father Tracy was assigned as pastor of the parishes in Eltopia and Connell. That was followed by six years as pastor of St. Peter Parish, Spokane.

In 2001 he moved to St. Anthony Parish, Spokane, as pastor, and two years later to St. Charles, Spokane.

He has been pastor of St. Francis Xavier since 2010.

Asked for some words for the occasion of his 25th anniversary of priestly ordination, he asked that people “pray to God in petition for grace to help priests persevere in their proclamation of God’s mercy toward the world. I would want them to know that I am grateful to my family members, large number of friends, and brother bishops and priests for their help and support for me over the years.”


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