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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

New chaplain helps Scouts focus on Catholic identity

by Bonita Lawhead, Inland Register staff

(From the March 20, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Skylstad has appointed Deacon Steve Prawdzik (right) to the post of Diocesan Scout Chaplain. (IR file photo)

Deacon Steve Prawdzik of Spokane is the new Scout chaplain for the diocese. He replaces the late Father Terence Tully, who was chaplain for most of his 60 years of priesthood.

Bishop William Skylstad made the new appointment in a letter dated Jan. 27.

The Scout chaplain sees to Scouts’ religious needs during the year. Deacon Prawdzik will handle the applications for all of Scouting’s religious medals and make sure that Scouts have access to a spiritual component at camp-outs and other events during the year.

Deacon Prawdzik has been involved with Scouts for many years, since his son, now a college student, was in Cub Scouts. After that Deacon Prawdzik was a member of the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting. He served as treasurer and assisted at retreats.

One new event under the deacon’s watchful eye is a “Family” camping retreat called “Tenting with the Father.” It is scheduled at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25.

Deacon Prawdzik said the retreat is primarily for Cub and Tiger Cub Scouts, but Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire Boys and Girls and all their brothers and sisters are welcome. In planning the retreat, Deacon Prawdzik said, “we’re building on what we’ve done for Boy Scouts.”

The Boy Scouts will have their annual retreat in September. Again, all Cub, Boy and Girl Scouts and Camp Fire members are welcome.

Right now Deacon Prawdzik is getting familiar with his new post, but eventually he plans to touch base with all the Catholic Scout units. Part of his job, he said, is to help Scouts focus on their Catholic identity.

To contact Deacon Prawdzik, call (509) 324-2542 or (509) 448-8934, or e-mail him.

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