Welcome to Diocese of Yakima

Our History

  •     Catholicism first came to Central Washington in 1847.
  •     The Diocese of Yakima was created on June 23, 1951, by Pope Pius XII.
  •     The new diocese was formed from the territory of the Archdiocese of Seattle and the Diocese of Spokane.
  •     The Diocese of Yakima serves 41 parishes in 7 counties.
  •     The original diocesan newspaper began as Our Times in 1959.

Diocese of Yakima

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Bishop Announces Clergy Assignments

After a series of consultations with the Priest Personnel Board, and the men involved, I’m making available to you the decisions I have made regarding new assignments for some of our priests and deacons.  With you, I’m very grateful to them for their generosity in accepting these changes.

The changes are all effective July 1 or on a date close to it and mutually agreed upon by those involved in the change.  

+Bishop Joseph Tyson

  Present Assignment New Assignment

Deacon Lalo Barragan
  Studies, Mundelein Seminary 

Parochial Vicar
   St. Joseph Parish, Yakima 

Rev. Eleazar Díaz
   Parochial Vicar, St. Joseph, Yakima

Parochial Vicar
   Diocese of Monterey, CA  

Rev. Gary Norman
Administrator, St. Joseph, Waterville

Senior Priest, in residence
   Sacred Heart Parish, Prescott, Ariz.    


Deacon Greg Haberman
   Pastoral Ministry, St. Joseph, Waterville

   St. Joseph, Waterville


Rev. Teodulo Taneo
   Parochial Vicar, Christ the King,

Parochial Vicar 
   Holy Apostles, East Wenatchee
   St. Joseph, Waterville 

Rev. Roleto Amoy
   Parochial Vicar, Holy Apostles

Parochial Vicar
   Christ the King, Richland


St. Paul Cathedral Presents: Michael Plagerman

Organ Concert, Sunday, May 18 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Paul Cathedral, 15 S. 12th Ave. Yakima, Washington. 

Michael Plagerman is a native of Lynden, Washington but moved to Ephrata when he was thirteen. During high school Michael studied with Barry Williams, organist emeritus of Sacred Heart parish, Bellevue. During this time he served as director of music at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Michael is currently studying organ with Dr. Paul Tegels and at Pacific Lutheran University, where he is majoring in organ performance. He accompanies and directs the chapel choir and sings with the Choir of the West, as well as sitting on the Student Advisory Board to the Dean of the School of Arts and Communication. Michael serves as Director of Music at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Lakewood, and associate organist at St. Philomena Parish (RC) in Des Moines, Washington.

Longtime Kennewick priest, 99, dies

Dear Friends:
Tributes are pouring into our Facebook accounts, blogs as well as local media outlets. Here's the article that appeared in the Tri-City Herald.  I thought you'd enjoy reading this. It's a real tribute to a very fine priest -- a compass and a reference point for our own priesthood of Jesus Christ.  Click here
+Bishop Joseph Tyson

Monsignor Dillon, who served throughout region, dies at age 99

Dear Friends: We continue to get wonderful notes from so many sources. Thanks to all of you for your constant prayer and support during these last few weeks of Monsignor Dillon's life. Here's a very fine article from the Yakima Herald Republic. My thanks also to Monsignor Siler who provided so much support to our media outlets. Click here

+Bishop Joseph Tyson

Monsignor Desmond P. Dillon Dies at 99

The Reverend Monsignor Desmond Patrick Dillon, 99, a senior priest of the diocese in residence at St. Joseph Parish in Kennewick, died at 1:30 a.m. Friday, May 9 at the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House in Kennewick following a brief illness.  Due to the Yakima Diocese Priests Retreat next week, the funeral will be May 19.

Msgr. Dillon was born January 31, 1915 in Hong Kong, the son of Francis Dillon and Petronilla (Lema da Rosa) Dillon.  He attended schools in Victoria, B.C., Hong Kong and Seattle before graduating from O’Dea High School in Seattle in 1933.  He then entered St. Edward Seminary in Kenmore for an eight-year course of studies. 

Msgr. Dillon was ordained on May 22, 1941, at St. James Cathedral in Seattle by the Most Rev. Gerald Shaughnessy, S.M.  He served as a parochial vicar at St. Patrick Parish in Tacoma, Holy Family Parish in Auburn, and St. Catherine and St. Theresa Parishes in Seattle.  Special assignments in Seattle included assisting then Fr. C. M. Power (later Bishop of Yakima) at the St. Peter Claver interracial learning center from 1944-1946.  He was named administrator of St. Andrew’s Parish in Ellensburg in 1946. 

Msgr. Dillon became a priest of the Diocese of Yakima at its formation in 1951, and remained at St. Andrew’s until 1959.  Special assignments in Ellensburg included work with the Central Washington State College (now University) Newman Club.  He was named pastor of St. John Parish in Naches in 1959, where he served for three years, along with being named director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Yakima.  He served in that role until 1968, and was in residence at Holy Rosary Parish in Moxee from 1962 to 1966.  He had a special concern for the establishment of the St. Vincent stores, and helped to resettle Cuban refugees.

In August 1966, Msgr. Dillon was named pastor of St. Paul Cathedral.  He served there for two years, then was pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Quincy briefly.  Following a sabbatical, he was the diocesan property manager for three years while in residence at St. Peter’s in Cowiche.  He was named pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Kennewick in September 1972, serving for three years, and then served for four years as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Prosser.

Msgr. Dillon was named pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Sunnyside in August of 1979, serving for four years, then was named pastor of St. Aloysius Parish in Toppenish, where he served until 1986.  He then assumed senior priest status and moved back to St. Joseph’s in Kennewick.  In 1991, on the occasion of his 50th anniversary of ordination, he was named a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope John Paul II, with the title Monsignor.  He continued to assist regularly at Sunday Mass in Kennewick until poor health and advancing age in recent years made it impossible for him to continue. 


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Save-the-Date! Celebration of Faith Event

Save-the-Date!  The Celebration of Faith event is scheduled for October 11, 2014 at the Yakima Convention Center.  The keynote speaker is Sr. Kathleen Ross, Heritage University Founder and President Emeritus.  The purpose is two-fold:  to honor our Champions of Catholic Education and to raise funds for Catholic education in Central Washington (Catholic school tuition and parish religious education programs).  See http://cwcatholicfoundation.org/celebration-of-faith-2014/ for information and reservation form.

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CFO Position Available at Diocese of Yakima

The Catholic Diocese of Yakima is accepting resumes for the position of Chief Financial Officer.

The Chief Financial Officer is a senior management position within the Diocese of Yakima.  This position exists to manage all financial, legal, capital equipment, property, contracted benefits, risk management, and liability functions that support the efforts engaged in carrying forth the purpose and mission of the Diocese of Yakima, and to manage and coordinate the efforts of the Finance Office staff. 

The successful candidate will possess a minimum of 10 years experience working as Chief Financial and/or Executive Officer of a large complex organization with a record of progressive and relevant financial accomplishments. CPA or equivalent strongly preferred. Spanish fluency preferred.

For a complete job description and for instructions on how to apply, please visit the link to Applitrack: http://www.applitrack.com/yakimadiocese/onlineapp

Position closes: June 23, 2014

Funeral Services for Deacon Ray Miller

Mass of Christian Burial for the Rev. Mr. Ray Miller, who served as deacon at St. Paul Cathedral in Yakima since his ordination in 1985, will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 5 at St. Paul’s, with burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.  Viewing and the Vigil will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, also at the Cathedral.

Please click on the following link to view his obituary at Brookside Funeral Home.  The text is printed below.

Deacon Ray Miller Obituary

Raymond Joseph Miller, 80, lifetime resident of Yakima, went home to be with his Lord, Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle.

Ray was born November 25, 1933 in Yakima, WA to Casper and Elizabeth (Buckmeier) Miller. He was raised and educated in Yakima and graduated from Marquette High School in 1951. Ray served in the Korean Conflict in the US Coast Guard. He married Gayle Clark October 15, 1955 in Yakima.

Ray began his working career as a Supervisor for Associated Grocers and the Mead Corporation in the Non Food Department. He was a deacon for 28 years at St. Paul Cathedral.

Ray especially enjoyed the time spent with family. They traveled to Cannon Beach, OR for fifty years vacationing with the entire family, including grandchildren and great-grandchildren as they came along. Ray loved hunting and fishing. He kept an immaculate yard and enjoyed being outside.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Gayle Miller of Yakima, his children, Thomas (April) Miller of Marysville, WA, Robert (Lori) Miller of Seaside, OR, Mary Lynn Miller & (Ken Been) of New York City, NY, and Mark (Julie) Miller of Bellingham, WA; also 10 grandchildren, Katie, Brandi, Samantha, Amanda, Josh, Noah, Ben, Samuel, Simon Ray and Max and two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Lynessa. He was preceded in death by his parents, son David Miller, grandson Seth Been and seven brothers, Balzer, Cappy, Millard, Frank, Louis, Matt and Paul Miller.

Viewing and Vigil Service will be Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Paul Cathedral. Mass of Christian Burial is Monday, May 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Cathedral. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Cathedral, c/o Brookside Funeral Home, PO Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936.

English Magnificat Classes Resume May 10

Formation School of Faith For Leadership and Lay Ministry

Led by Bishop Joseph Tyson, the Diocese of Yakima has reintroduced the English-speaking Magnificat program, a formation school of faith for leadership and lay ministry. These classes are designed for growth in knowledge of our faith, creed and doctrine of the Church.

The Diocese of Yakima will resume classes of Magnificat on April 12, 2014.  All classes will be offered at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 5301-A Tieton Drive, in Yakima, and will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


May 10
Bishop Joseph Tyson - Christian Virtues of the Modern World
May 3
Quincy, WA 
Virtudes Cristianas en el Mundo Moderno - P. Jaime Chacon

May 10
Yakima, WA
Virtudes Cristianas en el Mundo Moderno - P. Jaime Chacon

May 17th
Kennewick, WA
Maria y los Santos - P. Tomas Vasques
Antropologia - P. Jaime Chacon
Apologetica y Ecumenismo - Diacono Carlos Luna

May 24
Kennewick, WA
Virtudes Cristianas en el Mundo Moderno - P. Jaime Chacon 

If you have any questions please contact Isaac Prieto at the Pastoral Center, 509-965-7117, or by e-mail at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Heart of a Seminarian

Dear Fathers:
Fr. Felipe and I did our spring visit to Mundelein Seminary in Chicago.  We also had the chance to meet up for lunch with Cardinal George at his residence.  You may recall Cardinal George cancelled his visit to Yakima for the 100th anniversary of St. Paul Cathedral as a parish due to an infection caused by his cancer treatment.  
He looked good last week and sends his love and regards to everyone here in Yakima. I also thought -- after last weeks rather steep warning on key issues -- that this week I'd simply leave you with the grace-filled poem written by Dan Steele who is a seminarian at Mundelein and just finishing up his pastoral internship at St. Joseph in Wenatchee.
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Catholicism first came to Central Washington in 1847. The Diocese of Yakima was created on June 23, 1951, by Pope Pius XII. The new diocese was formed from the territory of the Archdiocese of Seattle and the Diocese of Spokane. The Diocese of Yakima serves 41 parishes in 7 counties. The original diocesan newspaper began as Our Times in 1959.
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