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New assignments announced for five diocesan priests
the Inland Register
(From the May 20, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)
After consultation with the priests personnel committee, Bishop William S. Skylstad has announced the following appointments:
• Father Victor Blazovich
Immaculate Conception Parish, Colville
• Father Robert McNeese
• Father Edward Marier
– effective July 1, 2004
• Father Joseph Sullivan
• Father Pedro Bautista-Peraza
– effective Sept. 1, 2004
• Msgr. Robert Pearson
– effective June 30, 2004
Announced at the Catholic Pastoral Center May 20, 2004
Bishop Skylstad announced pastoral appointments earlier this month for five diocesan priests.
Father Victor Blazovich will be the new pastor of the parishes in Colville, Northport, and Kettle Falls. Father Blazovich is the present pastor of the parishes in Colton and Uniontown.
Father Ed Marier, pastor of the parishes in Newport, Metaline Falls, Ione, Usk, and the Kalispel Reservation, will take Father Blazovich’s place as pastor of Colton and Uniontown.
Replacing Father Ed Marier will be Father Joseph Sullivan. Father Sullivan has been parochial vicar of St. Patrick and St. Francis of Assisi parishes in Walla Walla since his priestly ordination last year.
Deacon Pedro Bautista-Peraza is scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood Aug. 6. After ordination he will be the parochial vicar in Walla Walla for St. Patrick and St. Francis of Assisi parishes.
Father Robert McNeese, now pastor of the Colville, Northport, and Kettle Falls parishes, is the new pastor of St. Augustine Parish, Spokane.
The assignments for Fathers Marier, Blazovich and McNeese are effective July 1. Father Sullivan and Deacon Bautista begin their new assignments Sept. 1.
In addition to the new assignments, Msgr. Robert Pearson, ordained for the Diocese of Spokane in 1939, retires this year.
Deacon Pedro Bautista-Peraza completes his priestly formation at The American College in Louvain, Belgium, this year.
His first assignment after priestly ordination will be at St. Patrick and St. Francis of Assisi parishes, Walla Walla, where he will serve as parochial vicar.
Deacon Bautista-Peraza was ordained to the diaconate last Dec. 6 in Belgium.
He was born in Veracruz, Mexico, and studied with the Vincentians Religious community in Mexico for four years before transferring to the Archdiocese of Mexico City, where he studied for another four years.
He was accepted as a student for the Spokane Diocese and studied at Bishop White Seminary before beginning theology studies in Belgium.
His pastoral experience includes work with two U.S. Air Force bases in Germany, at St. Mary Parish in Spokane Valley, and at Sacred Heart Parish, Othello.
Father Victor Blazovich was ordained June 23, 2000, by Bishop Skylstad at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.
He was born in Spokane. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in business administration before moving to the Seattle area. He returned to Spokane and Bishop White Seminary in 1994. He was ordained after theology studies at North American College, Rome.
His first pastoral assignment was Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane, as parochial vicar. The next year he became pastor of the parishes in Colton and Uniontown.
Father Edward Marier has been pastor of the parishes in Newport, Ione, Usk, Metaline Falls, and the Kalispel Reservation since 1997.
He was ordained May 21, 1988, after studies at St. Patrick Seminary, Menlo Park, Calif., and Bishop White Seminary.
Father Marier was born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He graduated from University High in Spokane before entering Bishop White Seminary.
After ordination he was named associate pastor of St. Mary Parish, in what is now Spokane Valley. In 1991 he was assigned as associate pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco.
The following year he became pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Othello, where he served until 1996. At that time he was named to the parishes in Odessa and Wilbur.
Father Robert McNeese was ordained May 22, 1998.
He is a native of Spokane, a graduate of St. Aloysius School, Gonzaga Prep and Gonzaga University. Post-graduate work was at Gonzaga and Seattle University.
He taught at Blanchet High School in the Archdiocese of Seattle for more than 30 years before beginning his studies for the priesthood for the Diocese of Spokane.
Father McNeese studied theology at St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., prior to ordination.
His first assignment as a priest was to St. Mary Parish, Spokane, as parochial vicar. In 2000 he was named to lead the parishes in Colville, Kettle Falls, and Northport.
Msgr. Robert Pearson retires this year after 39 years of priestly ministry in the Spokane Diocese.
He was ordained May 29, 1965, at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio, where he completed his seminary formation.
He attended Sacred Heart School and Gonzaga Prep, Spokane, before entering the Josephinum Seminary.
After ordination he was assigned as assistant pastor of St. Charles Parish, Spokane. He was named diocesan supervisor of Marycliff High School the following year, and in 1968, diocesan supervisor of DeSales High School, Walla Walla.
In 1970 he became chaplain for the Veterans Administration hospital in Walla Walla.
He was named Diocesan Director of Religious Education in 1972.
Father Pearson was a member of a three-priest formation team which steered Bishop White Seminary in the mid-1970s. He also served as acting rector of the seminary prior to that appointment.
In 1976 he became pastor of Holy Ghost and St. Anthony Parish. Father Pearson became pastor of St. Mary Parish, in what is now Spokane Valley, in 1978.
That assignment was followed in 1985 by his appointment to the position of Vicar for Priests.
He was invested as a monsignor in 1997, and named Director of Continuing Education for Priests last August.
Father Joseph Sullivan has been serving as parochial vicar of St. Patrick and St. Francis of Assisi parishes, Walla Walla, since his ordination July 1, 2003, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Before entering Bishop White Seminary, Father Sullivan was educated and worked as a geologist, throughout the United States.
He studied at Bishop White Seminary in Spokane and at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore., for priestly formation.
His move to the parishes in Newport, Metaline Falls, Usk, Ione, and the Kalispel Reservation marks his first assignment as a pastor.