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Msgr. James Ribble was ordained by Bishop Bernard Topel, on May 30, 1957 in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane.


Born in Duluth, Minn., the future Father Ribble grew up there and in Minneapolis Ė where he attended St. Anthony School Ė and Aberdeen, S.D., where he graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1949. He graduated from Carroll College, in Helena, Mont., in 1953, where his spiritual director was Father Bernard Topel, the future Bishop of Spokane. He then did graduate studies in philosophy at Carroll College.

Following ordination, as a summer assignment Father James Ribble temporarily became assistant pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Walla Walla. That September, he became Director of Vocations and a teacher at Bishop White Seminary in Spokane, a position he held until July, 1963, when he became principal of Bishop White Seminary. When Mater Cleri Seminary opened in June, 1965, Father Ribble became its first rector, and he remained there until 1968 when he took over principalís duties at DeSales High School, Walla Walla.

In the autumn of 1970, Father Ribble enrolled in a graduate program in Communications at Washington State University, in Pullman, and received a doctorate. (Along the way he also earned a masterís degree in education from Gonzaga University, and another masterís, in history, from St. Paul Seminary at the University of Minnesota.) Upon completion of doctoral studies at WSU, he became pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Pullman, where he remained until June, 1976. In August of 1976, Father Ribble became president-rector of Mount Angel Seminary, in St. Benedict, Ore., where he served until June, 1982.

Following a sabbatical from June, 1982, until February, 1983, Father Ribble became rector of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, where he served until his official retirement in July, 2005. In April, 1997, Father Ribble received the honor of being invested as a monsignor. Since his retirement, Msgr. Ribble has made his home in Spokane.

(Article from Inland Register)

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