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Deacon Dick Skok now officially part of the Spokane Diocese, assigned to Cathedral

by Bonita Lawhead, Inland Register staff

(From the Sept. 13, 2001 edition of the Inland Register

Deacon Dick Skok has joined the ranks of deacons in the Spokane Diocese.

The paperwork is finished, and Deacon Skok, who was ordained in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1979, is now under the authority of Bishop William Skylstad for service here. The official date of his incardination into this diocese was July 10, 2001. Through incardination, Deacon Skok is now a deacon of the Spokane Diocese, instead of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Deacon Skok grew up in Spokane, and has worked in many different career fields. He spent nearly four years in St. Edward Seminary in Seattle and then entered the Army to serve two years. His primary career was in the field of education and he worked in the school system, both as teacher and administrator, in Los Angeles. He and his wife, Marcine, raised their six children in Los Angeles.

He returned to Spokane to teach in the School of Education at Gonzaga University. When he became eligible to retire from GU, Deacon Skok became a long-distance truck driver. The deacon retired from truck-driving last year, and is now enjoying retirement in his ministry and in his family.

Deacon Skok has been assigned to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. Reflecting his background in education, his primary ministry is teaching, and he leads adult instruction on Sunday mornings through a series called “Journey of Faith.” The next series begins Sept. 30, with a focus on the Acts of the Apostles.

Deacon Skok also works one-on-one with converts and with adult Catholics who have not been confirmed, preparing them for full sacramental life in the church. He preaches in a rotation at weekend liturgies and presides at baptisms and funerals as needed.

One detailed task Deacon Skok took on was updating the cathedral’s “Book of Memories.” The book lists contributors to the parish’s many projects such as installation of the elevator and renovation of the stained glass windows.

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