Walla Walla Roman Catholics welcome three new priests

WALLA WALLA - St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church hosted a tri-parish barbecue reception Aug. 7 for three priests recently assigned to St. Patrick, St. Francis of Assisi and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Churches here.

The Rev. Jeffrey Core was born in Great Falls, Mont., but grew up in Walla Walla and graduated from Assumption and DeSales High School before graduating from Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif. He completed his priestly formation at the Theological College of the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., where he earned a Master of Divinity degree.

The Rev. Tyler Smedley was born in Vancouver, Wash. He attended elementary school in Odessa, Wash. and high school in Tenino, Wash. After studying at Western Washington University, he completed a degree in philosophy from Gonzaga University. He also studied theology at the Theological College of the Catholic University in Washington D.C.

Both Core and Smedley were ordained in May at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral in Spokane by Most Rev. Blase Cupich, Bishop of Spokane Diocese.

The Rev. Gutavo Ruiz was born in Mexico City and grew up in Vera Cruz, Mexico. He entered the seminary at age 14 and received a philosophy degree from the seminary in Vera Cruz in 2003. Ruiz completed his studies at Mt. Angel Seminary in Oregon, receiving Theology and Master of Divinity degrees. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2006. He most recently served the parish in Brewster, Wash.

Core will also be on the faculty at DeSales High School.

The Rev. Patrick Kerst was appointed Pastor of the three Catholic Churches in Walla Walla by Cupich.


Unity Church of Peace to present Pam Murray today

WALLA WALLA - Unity Church of Peace, 810 C. St., will present Pam Murray speaking on "Good Vibrations" at 10 a.m. today. For information, call 509-520-1915 or email The church's website is


Rev. Joy Kachel to speak on Lakota Sioux medicine wheel

WALLA WALLA - Unity Church of Peace, 810 C. St., will present the Rev. Joy Kachel, speaking on "Walking the Wheel of Life - the Lakota Sioux Medicine Wheel" 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church, which is located near the Walla Walla Regional Airport.

Call 509-520-1915 for more information, or email The church's website is


Village Church in CP to host weekly Best Weigh classes

COLLEGE PLACE - Village Church, 715 S.E. 12th St., will host Best Weigh classes, which meet one night per week for one hour. Sign up for the classes will be 7-8 p.m. Aug. 23 and 24 at the church. The class is limited to 50 participants. The first class is Sept. 6. The cost is $15. For more information, call 525-0882.


Overwhelmed with zucchini? Learn how to put it in its place

COLLEGE PLACE - "What To Do With All That Zucchini," a cooking class, will be held 1-3:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at SonBridge Community Center, 1200 S.E. 12th St. Adventist Health Group Nutritionist Dr. Gily Ionescu-Tajti will partner with Aileen Saunders to instruct. The class is part of a series created by The Walla Walla University Church Health Ministries Board. Space is limited. Reservations due by Wednesday. The event costs $10. To ask questions or reserve a spot, call 509-540-6164 or email


Walla Walla Healing Rooms on summer hiatus; call for prayer

WALLA WALLA - The ministry teams for the Walla Walla Healing Rooms will be on summer break. Regular prayer times will begin again in September. This summer, appointments to receive ministry from a team can be made by calling Mikki Jones at 509-876-1397 for a prayer time.


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