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.  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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Mr. Taylor Giese
Music Director & Office Manager

Taylor Giese is the music director and organist for St. Francis Xavier Parish, and has contributed immensely to the liturgical music of our community.   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."