Fr. Curtis Seidel began his tenure as our Parish Administrator in June 2017.
We are a people of relationship, relationship with God and with the members of the Body of Christ, the Church. I am very excited to be beginning my new relationship with you, the people of Medical Lake, Reardan, and Sprague. While it will certainly take time for me to get to know you and for you to get to know me, I would like to take this opportunity to give a little background about who I am.
I was born and raised in Billings, Montana. Both of my parents grew up farming and ranching, so while I cannot claim to be a farm kid myself, it is certainly in my blood. Instead of farming, most of my summers in high school were spent working construction for my dad.
Gonzaga University brought me to Spokane, where I fell in love with the people and the area. During my time at studies I got to know the priests of the diocese. I discovered that here, in Eastern Washington, was where God was calling me to make a home. After 4 years of theological studies in Washington D.C., I returned to Spokane to be ordained and begin my life as priest.
My first assignment was at St. Mary’s in the Spokane Valley. There I assisted Fr. Pat Kerst with the workings of the parish, including youth group and the parish school. It was also during this time that I began working with the Spokane Police Department as chaplain. From St. Mary’s, the bishop asked me to move to the Cathedral to assist Fr. Darrin Connall. In addition to the parish ministries, I have been working with the diocese on young adult, marriage, and education ministry. I am continuing my work with the police and, on May 27th, was commissioned as a Reserve Officer for the Spokane Police.
On a more personal side, I enjoy photography, my motorcycle, and pretending to learn to play guitar (mostly it just sits in the corner and mocks me). Also, I have walked across the United States three times. Above all these things, I love being a priest. I love spending time with the families in the parishes where I have worked, getting to know people, and them getting to know me. I am very excited get to know you all in the coming years, and to serve you as your parish priest.
May God bless you and your families,
Fr. Curtis Seidel