Bulletin (May 15, 2005)

I have to admit that I was surprised and delighted by the news of our new auxiliary bishops: Frs. Joseph Tyson and Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S. They are both premier priests and men with profound pastoral hearts. At the same time, their appointments indicate willingness to “think outside of the box.” When people talked about which priests might be selected as auxiliary bishops, they were not names that immediately sprang to mind. I have to say, that personally, I am very pleased – and I ask you to join me in praying for these men who will be taking on this important responsibility.

Father Elizondo was born in Victoria, Mexico, in 1954. In 1984, he received a canon law degree from the Gregorian University in Rome and was ordained a priest of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, an order that provides spiritual direction for priests. He was assigned to the Seattle Archdiocese in 2000 upon the request of Archbishop Brunett to provide ministry to the growing Hispanic community in Western Washington.

I have known Fr. Tyson for many years. When I was parochial vicar at St. Alphonsus back in the mid seventies, his family belonged to that parish. Later, I got to know him as a seminarian. He did pastoral work at St. Mary’s Parish, where I was serving as chaplain to the King County Hispanic Community. One incident stands out in my mind. I came back to the rectory one evening ready to call it a day. I was surprised to find about twenty slices of bread on the kitchen table, along with a jar of peanut butter and a tub of margarine. When I asked Joe what he was doing, he told me he was making sandwiches to take to homeless people who were living under the freeway bridges. He was (and is) the kind of guy who sees a need and simply responds, gets it taken care of the best he can with whatever resources are at hand. He will make a great bishop. The picture shows Fr. Joe when he attended the deacon ordination of Armando Perez here at Holy Family in July of 2001. At the reception he demonstrated to Fr. Clay Meyer his skill in making a taco.

Father Tyson was born in Moses Lake in 1957 and raised in Seattle, where he graduated from St. Alphonsus Elementary School in Ballard. He graduated from Bishop Blanchet High school in 1975 and attended the University of Washington where he earned undergraduate degrees in Russian and Eastern European Area Studies as well as editorial journalism in 1980. He completed his master’s degree in International Relations at the Jackson School of International Studies in 1984. In 1989, he received his masters in divinity and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Frs. Tyson and Elizondo will be ordained bishops on June 6. Their appointment is another good reason to support the Annual Catholic Appeal. Also, as I mentioned last weekend, anything over our parish goal of $57,459 will be used to provide better security for the rectory and other parish buildings.

Creo que todos sentimos una alegría profunda por las selecciones de los Padres Eusebio Elizondo y José Tyson para ser obispos auxiliares de la arquidiócesis.

El Padre Elizondo nació en Victoria, México, en 1954. En 1984 recibió su licencia en derecho canónico de la Universidad Gregoriana y fue ordenado sacerdote de los Misioneros del Espíritu Santo, orden que provee guía espiritual para sacerdotes. Fue asignado a la Arquidiócesis de Seatle en 2000 para proveer ministerio para la Comunidad Hispana en el Oeste de Washington.

El Padre Tyson nació en Moses Lake en 1957, criado en Seattle, donde se graduó de Escuela Católica de San Alfonso y luego de Blanchet High. Asistió a la Universidad de Washington y fue ordenado al sacerdocio en 1989. Actualmente es párroco de las Parroquias de San Eduardo, San Jorge y San Pablo donde ofrece la misa en castellano.

Los dos padres tienen nuestras oraciones al asumir esta responsabilidad tan importante. Al mismo tiempo nos anima a apoyar la arquidiócesis por medio de la Petición Católica Anual. Todo que recibimos mas allá de nuestra meta parroquial de $57,459 será usado para proveer mayor seguridad para la rectoría y otros edificios de la parroquia.