Father Darrin Connall, Vicar General, was ordained May 29, 1992, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane by Bishop William Skylstad. He is a native of Spokane, having attended Trinity Catholic School, Central Valley High School, and Bishop White Seminary at Gonzaga University. He completed his formal studies for priesthood at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Fr. Connall’s first assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Thomas More Parish in north Spokane. After serving there for two years, he served as pastor of the parishes in Colville, Northport and Kettle Falls. During Fr. Connall’s time in Stevens County, he served as co-director of vocations. In 2000, he was assigned as rector of Bishop White Seminary, Director of Vocations, and Director of Seminarians. During his assignment at Bishop White Seminary, Fr. Connall oversaw the construction of a new seminary building that included administrative offices, a chapel, and a residence.
In July of 2011, Fr. Connall was appointed rector of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, where he continues to serve today. During his tenure, he was diagnosed with cancer, and through his illness he remained dedicated to his parish. In 2013, he began oversight for renovation of the cathedral as it enters its second century, revitalizing the church building and ensuring its vitality for the future.
In 2015, Fr. Connall was appointed vicar general of the diocese and serves as the bishop’s assistant in the executive governance of the diocese. He continues to serve as both rector of the Cathedral and vicar general of the diocese.
July 12th, 2019 | Season 3 | 26 mins 55 secs
bishop, books, catholic, christian, jesus, spokane
In this episode of the Bishop and the Vicars, summer reading is on the table. Throughout the summer many take up a few books to read on the beach, or in the backyard as the summer days stretch late into the evening. Bishop Daly and our three vicars share some of their favorite books.
June 28th, 2019 | Season 3 | 27 mins 13 secs
bishop, catholic, christian, heresy, jesus, spokane
Heresy has profoundly affected the Church throughout the ages, leading many far from the true faith in Christ. Heresies served to help the Church to develop and refine her teachings. Join the Bishop and the Vicars as they dive into the topic of heresy, and explore many of the historical heresies that have shaped the history of the church and her theology.
June 14th, 2019 | Season 3 | 26 mins 55 secs
bishop, catholic, christian, jesus, spokane
Join Bishop Daly and the vicars as they continue their series on the Mass. The Introductory rites gather the clergy and people together for worship, in this episode Bishop and Vicars continue the conversation begun in episode 309 on the introductory rites and discuss the Gloria and the Collect prayer. The hosts speak about how this part of the liturgy developed and the role it plays in the spirituality of the Mass.
May 24th, 2019 | Season 3 | 24 mins 9 secs
bishop, catholic, christian, jesus, spokane
Join Bishop Daly and the vicars as they continue their series on the Mass. The Introductory rites gather the clergy and people together for worship. The hosts speak about how this part of the liturgy developed and the role it plays in the spirituality of the Mass.
May 10th, 2019 | Season 3 | 28 mins 6 secs
bishop, catholic, christian, hope, jesus, persecution, spokane, suffering, tragedy
Join Bishop Daly and the vicars as they discuss tragedy and persecution. From the recent tragic fire at Notre Dame to the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, Christians experience suffering and persecution. With the visual images we see on the news, loss can seem all around us even if we are secure in our own communities. We as Christians are called to have hope knowing that, "the people [of God] will not be defeated because Christ is not defeated." In Christ, we know the victory is won, and in His cross, we can have hope.
April 17th, 2019 | Season 3 | 27 mins 23 secs
bishop, catholic, christian, happiness, jesus, spokane
Join Bishop Daly and the vicars as they discuss happiness. Where does happiness come from? Does the Christian life lead to happiness? Bishop and the vicars dive into the topic of happiness and find Christian joy possible in the midst of good times and suffering.
April 17th, 2019 | Season 3 | 22 mins 19 secs
bishop, catholic, christian, jesus, sacred heart radio, sound insight, spokane
Dr. Tom Curran, host of Sound Insight - a Sacred Heart Radio Program - interviews Fr. Darrin Connall to discuss the Church's teaching on end of life issues: medical life support, cremation vs. burial, Funeral Mass and more. Learn more about the Sound Insight Program here: mycatholicfaith.org/sound-insight/
March 22nd, 2019 | Season 3 | 27 mins 18 secs
bishop, catholic, christian, eucharistic prayers, jesus, virtue
Join Bishop Daly and the vicars as they discuss the virtues. The Christian life requires we grow not only in prayer, a life of virtue is needed too. What are the virtues and why do they matter for us as Christians?
March 8th, 2019 | Season 3 | 27 mins 14 secs
bishop, catholic, christian, death, hell, jesus, momento mori, spokane
Join Bishop Daly and the vicars as they discuss hell. While the Far Side and other comics make good fun of hell, what lies behind the jokes and the casual use of the idea of hell? A lively discussion ensues about the reality of eternal separation from God’s love, how everyone in hell has chosen to be there, and even hear about Fr. Pat’s overnight in Gehenna!
February 8th, 2019 | Season 3 | 27 mins 18 secs
bishop, catholic, christian, jesus, our father, spokane
Bishop Daly is joined by the three vicars as they examine the most universal of Christian prayers, the Lord’s Prayer. Recently, Pope Francis and others have questioned the best way to translate the final lines, “lead us not into temptation.” Bishop Daly ...
January 25th, 2019 | Season 3 | 26 mins 35 secs
bishop, catholic, catholic schools, christian, csw, jesus, spokane
Bishop Daly sits down with the vicars to discuss Catholic education, one of the largest ministries of the Church. But what is Catholic education about and how does it fit into our spirituality? As pastors of parish schools, the vicars share experiences f...
January 11th, 2019 | Season 3 | 27 mins 29 secs
belief, bishop, catholic, christian, creed, jesus, nicene creed, spokane
Bishop Daly and the vicars are back for the new year. Before the liturgical season of Christmas finishes out, our hosts tackle the Creed. We say the Nicene Creed at most Sunday Masses; where did it come from, and why is such a statement of faith created ...
December 28th, 2018 | Season 2 | 26 mins 43 secs
Bishop Daly is without the vicars this week. Joining him are the campus ministers at WSU, EWU and Whitworth University. Fr. Lucas Tomson is the pastor at St. Thomas More Catholic Student Center at Washington State University. Fr. Paul Heric is the Direct...
December 7th, 2018 | Season 2 | 26 mins 22 secs
bishop, catholic, christian, jesus, mary, spokane
Bishop Daly and the vicars return for a special episode for the feast of the Immaculate Conception, a great feast we celebrate during Advent. But what exactly is the Immaculate Conception and why should we care about it? Marian devotion is close to the h...
November 16th, 2018 | Season 2 | 26 mins 35 secs
bishop, catholic, christian, jesus, spokane, usccb
Bishop Daly, recently returned from the USCCB, shares about the most recent Bishop Conference General Assembly. The disappointment that more was not be done and the hope for continued action on the crisis.
Beyond the evil of the abuse crisis, Bishop and ...
November 2nd, 2018 | Season 2 | 26 mins 29 secs
Story after story fill the opinion pages about the heated rhetoric present in our modern culture; how it may be fueling violence, the polarization of politics, even threatening the joy of family gatherings. Bishop Daly and the vicars discuss civility and the need...