Fr. William Heric was born on Queen Anne Hill, the oldest of seven children. His family eventually settled in now Shoreline where he was formed at St. Luke Parish and School. Fr. Bill entered the seminary in 1969, and was ordained a priest in 1981 by Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen. He has served in a variety of ministries from parish work, to hospital and school chaplaincy. While having recollections of the church in the 50’s and early 60’s, Fr. Heric was deeply formed in the spirit of Vatican II. When asked if he is a liberal or conservative, Fr. Heric’s usual answer is always “I am a Catholic.” He enjoys walking, reading, and spectator sports, especially the Seattle Mariners and UW Huskies. Fr. Bill is a regular practitioner of centering prayer, loves prayerful and beautiful liturgy, and is a keen student of the New Evangelization.
Fr. Bill began his tenure as Priest Administrator at Christ Our Hope on July 5, 2018.
Fr. Paul hails from Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. He was ordained a Catholic Priest on Dec. 21, 1967 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and born some time before that. His greatest joy as a priest is celebrating Eucharist and the sacraments with parishioners though he is always inspired by scripture. One of his favorite passages is Ephesians 1:16 “I have never stopped thanking God for you and recommending you in my prayers.” The greatest challenge he faces is simply having the time to do everything he considers himself responsible for! Despite the faith, hope and love he pours into the Catholic community of Western Washington, Fr. Paul finds the time to enjoy eating good food and drinking good wine; visiting family, friends and parishioners; and walking around downtown Seattle, the city he loves.
Fr. Paul served as Pastor at Christ Our Hope from August 28, 2010 to July 4, 2018. He is currently a Senior Priest serving the Archdiocese as a Parish Priest in Skagit Valley.
A priest appointed by the Archbishop as a temporary leader of a particular parish with the same responsibilities as a pastor. (CIC, c. 540 §1-3). This office may be held, for example, by seasoned, newly-arrived priests or by newly-ordained priests who require more experience and formation before being assigned as pastors.
A priest appointed by the Archbishop and delegated as the leader of a particular parish entrusted to him. The pastor’s role, expressed in its threefold mission of teaching, governing and sanctifying (CIC, c. 519), empowers the laity for their mission as light and leaven in the world.