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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Bishop Skylstad: true friend to Scouts and Scouting

by Father Terence Tully, for the Inland Register

(From the May 2, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

A friend of Scouting is William S. Skylstad, ordained as bishop 25 years ago and observing his anniversary on May 14. Bishop Skylstad has encouraged Joe Schmitz and me by appointing Joe as chairperson of the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting and me as Diocesan Scout chaplain. He has conferred religious emblems on Scouts and other youth at the annual Bishop's Recognition events.

Offering Mass at Scout retreats, he once spoke to Scouts about his beekeeping hobby as he stood by his own beehives at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center. Bishop Skylstad enjoys mountain climbing and other outdoor activities, as do Scouts.

Native Son

Bishop Skylstad is one of us. Unlike the other bishops in our diocesan history who came from Wisconsin, Michigan, Montana, and Wyoming, Bishop Skylstad was born and raised in Methow, a town in Okanogan County near Brewster, Wash. He was ordained a priest of our diocese and worked as pastor, seminary teacher and rector, and chancellor of the diocese before he was ordained in 1977 as Bishop of the Yakima Diocese. In 1990 he was appointed Bishop of Spokane.

I am hoping to arrange that some Scouts of our diocese will play a role in the 25th anniversary of Bishop Skylstad's ordinaton as Bishop on May 14. The program will include 7 p.m. Mass and a reception at Gonzaga University's Martin Center.

They received emblems

At the Feb. 3, 2002 Bishop's Recognition ceremony, some of the Scouts receiving religious emblems from the Bishop were Kevin Amzen, Tony Bailey, Noel Basta, Ryan Kellogg, Joseph Kingma, Nicholas Heitt, Ryan Magreta, Clayton Malone, David McClellan, Matthew Miller, Ryan Pickering, Pry, and Austen Santiego.

All these boys are Webelos (meaning We Be Loyal Scouts) of Pack 358, chartered to St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane. All received the Parvuli Dei (meaning Little Children of God), designed to help third through fifth graders be more aware of God's presence in their lives, in their homes and communities.

Names of the Light of Christ emblem Scouts on Feb. 3 will be listed in a future column.

Coming Events

• Scouter Development, an evening of prayer and reflection focused on Scout Leader formation, May 16, 2002, 7-9 p.m., the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside, Spokane. For more information contact Joe Schmitz, DCCS Chairman, at (509) 747-7499.
• Catholic Camporee (Scout retreat), Sept. 13-14, 2002, Camp Cowles, Diamond Lake.
• Bishop's Recognition Day, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, 2 p.m.. Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane. Bishop Skylstad will confer religious medals on Scouts and other youth who have earned them.


For information on the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting and its activities, contact:

Father Terence Tully, diocesan Scout chaplain, 221 E. Rockwood Blvd'. Apt 308, Spokane, WA 99202-1200; phone (509)458-7674; or • Joe Schmitz, chair of Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting, 400 S. Jefferson St., Suite 112, Spokane, WA 99204, phone (509) 747-7499.
Click here for the National Catholic Committee on Scouting's web site!

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