Associate Pastor

I am the second of five children born and raised in Spokane—mostly of Irish descent, but “saved” by a quarter French on my mother’s side.  I spent four years in the army, serving in Asmara, Eritrea and Bien Hoa, Viet Nam, rotating out in November of 1969.  From early April of 1971 through July of 1972 I drove a small diesel truck weekly from Spokane to Great Falls, sometimes with backhauls to Whitefish, Columbia Falls, or Kalispell.

My hobbies/activities include cycling and reading/praying with poetry.

I entered the Jesuits twice, out of high school in 1962, and again at age 28 in 1972—-some of us it takes longer!

I was ordained in June of 1981 by Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen for which I will always be grateful.  My ministries in the Jesuits have consisted in eight years of high school, mostly teaching English; six years as the assistant novice director in Portland, OR; seven years working in the counseling center at Gonzaga University, and fifteen years as pastor of St. Leo Parish in Tacoma.

When Fr. Scott Santarosa, the Provincial, asked me to come to St. Francis Xavier in Missoula, I was delighted, and I very much look forward to becoming part of your community.

Blessings on you all,

Fr. Steve


Phone: 406.541.6046