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Parish assignments change for four deacons
the Inland Register
(From the July 7, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)
Four deacons of the Diocese of Spokane have begun new parish assignments.
Deacon Michael Breier (no photo available) was reassigned to Assumption Parish in Walla Walla in December, 2004. Deacon Breier had been ministering at St. Mark Parish, Waitsburg and St. Joseph Parish, Dayton since 1997.
Deacon Breier was ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Yakima by then-Bishop (now Cardinal) Francis George in 1993.
He came to the diaconate, he said, when his parish priest encouraged him to consider the vocation, based on his active participation in parish life and daily Mass attendance. Deacon Breier thought about it for a time and decided that God was indeed calling him to serve the Church in a new way.
After ordination, Deacon Breier spent a few years as a deacon in the Yakima Diocese before relocating to the Spokane Diocese. He plans to continue many of the same ministries he embraced in Waitsburg and Dayton, especially visiting the sick. He and his wife, Tami, also conduct marriage preparation for couples engaged to be married. He also plans to begin doing some prison ministry.
Deacon Richard Skok moved from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes to St. Mary Presentation, Deer Park, on May 16. Though he is fully retired from his career as a band teacher, school principal, college professor and long-haul truck driver, Deacon Skok plans to continue doing parish work as long as he is able.
Deacon Skok was ordained to the diaconate in 1979 by Cardinal Timothy Manning in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Shortly afterward, he and his wife and their seven children moved to Spokane.
Deacon Skok plans to assist with daily Masses and Sunday liturgies, visit the sick and homebound and help with adult education at St. Mary Presentation.
Deacon Roy Dahl moved from St. Francis Xavier back to St. Peter Parish last March.
Deacon Dahl was born and raised in Spokane. He went to high school at Gonzaga Preparatory School and went on to major in chemical engineering at Gonzaga University. He received a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Washington and his doctorate in nuclear engineering from North Carolina State.
After he retired, Deacon Dahl was contacted by the government and asked to take a diplomatic post in Europe, working with the United Nations on nuclear weapons policies.
He was ordained to the diaconate in 1999 by Bishop William Skylstad. His first assignment as a deacon was at St. Peter Parish.
Deacon Dahl plans to continue parish work at St. Peter, assisting with Masses and baptisms, visiting the sick and helping with marriage preparation and RCIA classes. He also serves on the board for Immaculate Heart Retreat Center and is a member of the priestly formation council and the deacon personnel board.
Deacon Dave Dudinsky, now ministering at St. Patrick Parish, Spokane, has his roots in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where he attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy and public schools before entering the University of Wyoming on a music scholarship.
He completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from Eastern Washington University and taught at the high school level for four years before beginning a career as an school administrator, including Kake, Alaska; Casper, Wyoming; Plummer, Idaho; and three years at Cataldo School, Spokane.
While he was principal in Priest River, Idaho, he found himself becoming more and more involved in the life of his parish community, as well as the Diocese of Boise. “When you ask God for something, doors close as well as open,” he said. He began praying, “God, I’m ready for more.”
After completing the Christus adult education program, he entered the Spokane Diocese’s deacon formation program in January 1996. Deacon Roy Dahl was one of his classmates.
Why the diaconate?
“I wanted to help,” he said. “I wanted to be a deacon because I wanted to be in a position to do the Lord’s work, whatever that was. I wanted to be available to give back all that the Lord had given me and given us (as a family) in our lives.”
He was ordained in 1999 and served first at St. John Vianney Parish, where he preached, ministered at the altar, and was chair of the parish’s Outreach Committee.
“I love being part of the Mass,” he said. “Every Mass is like a new, fresh spiritual experience. I never cease to be amazed at the beauty of what’s taking place during Mass, with the presence of the Lord.”
This year he and his wife, Kathy, celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. They have two children and four grandchildren.
“I am truly, truly appreciative and humbled by the opportunity God has given me to be able to serve, and allowing me to become a deacon,” he said. “I’m in good company – associated with the other people with whom I was ordained.”