Rev. Fr. Richard Semple

Born in Anchorage and raised in Spokane, Fr. Richard Semple attended Shadle Park High School before entering the Seminary. While studying at Bishop White Seminary, Fr. Semple also served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Fr. Semple pursued his theological studies at the North American College in Rome, and at Mt. Angel Seminary in Oregon. Ordained on St. John's Eve in 2000, with Frs. Barnett, Blazovich, and Connolly, Fr. Semp[e felt a call to religious life in 2003, and entered the Canons Regular of St. Augustine, a religious order in Vienna, Austria. During his 9 years with the Canons, Fr. Semple grew in appreciation for liturgical and aesthetic gifts of Holy Mother Church, and learned to celebrate Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Returning to the Diocese in 2012, Fr. Semple spent most of the last 9 years in Republic, WA, where he also worked as an EMT and volunteer firefighter. His interests include hiking, backpacking, distance running, and woodworking. His chief liturgical and pastoral goal is to help all the faithful in their preparation for Eternal Life, and to unite our personal prayers to the Eucharistic prayer of the Church. 

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Rev. Fr. William Slattery, Ph.D, Ph.L, S.T.L

Born in Ireland, Fr. Slattery was ordained to the priesthood by author and his dog 1
Saint John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica in 1991. He is the author of Heroism and Genius (Ignatius Press) and The Logic of Truth (Leonardo da Vinci Press). He has appeared on EWTN and has been interviewed by many Catholic and non-Catholic mass media. His books are available on Other texts are available from the Society of Ignatians

Fr. Slattery has also preached retreats at seminaries and for lay
people of all ages, and is currently working on a new book, an
explanation of Catholicism for the postmodern world.

Mr. MIles Ormsby

Miles Ormsby has worked as our bookkeeper at St. Francis Xavier Parish since the spring of 2016. In addition to his work in the office, Miles is a schoolteacher and graduate student at Eastern Washington University pursuing a degree in Education, and has long served as a sacristan and acolyte. His areas of particular interest are late antique and early medieval history, and early modern literature. 

Mr. Taylor Giese
Music Director

Taylor Giese is the music director and organist for St. Francis Xavier Parish, and has contributed immensely to the liturgical music of our community. Taylor began his musical education on the clarinet at the age of ten, though since 2011 his attention has been focused mainly on the organ. Trained as a cathedral organist, Mr. Giese is an adherent of the 19th century French romantic school, and especially admires the school's integration of chant and organ. He has also spent many hours restoring the parish's organ, and is in the process of a full-scale renovation which will more than double the available pipes. If you have any question related to our music program, please contact Taylor at either 509-828-2969 or "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."