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Bishop’s Medal awarded to Father Charles Skok
the Inland Register
(From the May 24, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)
The Bishop’s Medal was awarded to Father Charles Skok May 4 at the Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Charities. The award was given in recognition of the contributions Father Skok has made to the work of Catholic Charities.
The 22nd annual fund-raising dinner was held at the Spokane Club. About 200 people attended.
Bishop Skylstad addressed the gathering, talking about Father Skok:
“Tonight I would like to recognize a native son, someone many of you know, whether you come from Walla Walla, Rosalia, Pullman, Pasco or Spokane. This individual was born in the rural part of our diocese, some 50 miles from Spokane.
“One of the younger children in a very large family, he has spent much of his life in education and service to others,” Bishop Skylstad said. “Heeding Martin Luther King Jr.’s motto that ‘whom you would change, you must first love,’ he has directed programs, served as chairperson of innumerable committees, and has always been willing to say yes to one more responsibility.
“Having served on the Catholic Charities Board two different terms, he also extended his membership for one additional year for the completion of the Shelter 2000 Project. In fact, when he was away from Spokane, he took the time to visit other homeless shelters so that he could add that expertise in the deliberations.
“He has been a significant mentor, friend and teacher to thousands of others,” the bishop said.
Bishop Skylstad then asked the audience to join him in recognizing and thanking Father Charles Skok as this year’s Bishop’s Medal recipient.
Father Skok was ordained for the Spokane Diocese in 1952. He has been a highly visible figure in higher education in the diocese, variously as a rector of Bishop White Seminary and as a professor of theology at Gonzaga University.
He also has served several parishes as pastor or assistant pastor.
Father Skok retired in 1997, though he remains in residence at St. John Vianney Parish in Spokane. Gonzaga University named him Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies and, last year, awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
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