New Priest Assignments July 20, 2020

by Stephanie Sanchez

Following consultation earlier this year with the Priest Personnel Board, Bishop Joseph Tyson has announced the following assignment changes for priests of the Diocese of Yakima, with most taking place October 1. The Bishop thanks the priests for their willingness to accept these assignments as he discerns how best to meet the needs of the Diocese, the parishes, and the priests themselves. Please keep them in your prayers.

EFFECTIVE JULY 1

Newly ordained Father Edgar Quiroga is now a parochial vicar of Christ the King Parish in Richland.

Father Tomás Vázquez, formerly pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Kennewick, is now on sabbatical to study scriptural languages in the Holy Land.

EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1

Father Daniel Steele, formerly a parochial vicar of Christ the King, will be a parochial vicar of Holy Family Parish in Yakima part time, while teaching part time in the Magnificat adult faith formation program.

Father Michael Ibach will be a parochial vicar of Holy Family Parish for sacramental ministry while continuing full time as Judicial Vicar of the Diocese, directing the Office of Canonical Concerns.

EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1

Father César Izquierdo, finishing his studies in Rome in Public Ethics and the Social Doctrine of the Church, will be parochial vicar of St. Joseph in Kennewick.

Father Jesús Mariscal, finishing his studies in Rome in Canon Law, will be parochial vicar of St. Paul Cathedral in Yakima.

Father Juan Flores, parochial vicar of Christ the King, will continue in residence at the Richland parish while assuming the role of Administrator of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish in Benton City.

Father Felix Rodriguez, now parochial vicar of Resurrection Parish in Zillah, will be administrator of St. Aloysius Parish in Toppenish.

Msgr. Robert Siler, now administrator of Resurrection Parish, will be moderating administrator of St. Aloysius while continuing full time as Episcopal Vicar and Chancellor.

Father Jacob Davis, now administrator of St. Joseph in Kennewick, will be pastor of Resurrection Parish.

Father Jaime Chacón, now pastor of St. Aloysius Parish, will be pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Ellensburg while continuing his work as Vicar for Adult Faith Formation and Director of Hispanic Ministry.

Father David Jiménez, now pastor of St. Andrew Parish, will be pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Chelan, St. Anne Parish in Bridgeport, and St. Mary Mission in Mansfield, while establishing a canonical services office in the northern deaneries and continuing his work in the Office of Canonical Concerns as Defender of the Bond in marriage nullity cases.

Father Rogelio (Roy) Gutiérrez, now pastor of the Chelan and Bridgeport parishes and Mansfield mission, will be pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Sunnyside.

Father Thomas Bunnell, S.J., now pastor of St. Joseph in Sunnyside, will depart the diocese to reside at the Jesuit community in Portland and to serve in parishes as assigned by his superiors.

Father Felipe Pulido, now pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Yakima, will be pastor of St. Joseph in Kennewick, while continuing to serve as Vicar of Vocations and Director of Seminarians.

Father Mauricio Muñoz, now pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Ephrata, will be pastor of St. Joseph in Yakima, and will serve as Assistant Director of Seminarians.

Father José Herrera, now pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Grandview, will be pastor of St. Rose of Lima in Ephrata.

Father Jesús Alatorre, now parochial vicar of St. Paul Cathedral, will be pastor of Blessed Sacrament in Grandview.