Bishop Joseph J. Tyson
Wednesday May 25, 2016
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Bishop Joseph J. Tyson

Bishop Joseph J. Tyson

Bishop of Yakima

5301 Tieton Drive Suite A

Yakima, WA 98908


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Born October 16, 1957, Moses Lake, Washington



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


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