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Our History

  •     Catholicism first came to Central Washington in 1847.
  •     The Diocese of Yakima was created on June 23, 1951, by Pope Pius XII.
  •     The new diocese was formed from the territory of the Archdiocese of Seattle and the Diocese of Spokane.
  •     The Diocese of Yakima serves 41 parishes in 7 counties.
  •     The original diocesan newspaper began as Our Times in 1959.

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Bishop Joseph J. Tyson

Bishop Joseph J. Tyson

Bishop of Yakima

5301 Tieton Drive Suite A

Yakima, WA 98908

509-965-7117

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Born October 16, 1957, Moses Lake, Washington


Education

1980 B.A. Russian and East European Area Studies, University of Washington

1980 B.A. Communications - Editorial Journalism, UW

1984 M.A. International Relations, UW

1989 M.Div., Theological College, Catholic University of America

2011 Honorary Doctorate of Letters, St. Martin's University, Lacey, Washington

 

Ministry

1980-84 Campus Minister, Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Washington

1984-85 St. Vincent de Paul Society -- Refugee Services

1989 Ordained to priesthood for Archdiocese of Seattle

1989-91 Parochial Vicar, St. Louise de Marillac Parish, Bellevue

1991–93 Parochial Vicar, St. James Cathedral, Seattle

1993-96 Pastor, St. Mary of the Valley Parish, Monroe

1996-2005 Pastor, St. Edward, St. George, St. Paul Parishes, South Seattle

2005-11 Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General, Archdiocese of Seattle

2008-11 Superintendent, Archdiocesan Catholic Schools

2011 Installed as Seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Yakima

Active Member in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

2008 - Present Member of USCCB Sub-Committee for Asia Pacific Affairs

2010 - Present Region XII Chair and representative serving on both the USCCB

Administrative Committee and the Plans and Priorities Committee

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Catholicism first came to Central Washington in 1847. The Diocese of Yakima was created on June 23, 1951, by Pope Pius XII. The new diocese was formed from the territory of the Archdiocese of Seattle and the Diocese of Spokane. The Diocese of Yakima serves 41 parishes in 7 counties. The original diocesan newspaper began as Our Times in 1959.
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