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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Six deacons ordained for Spokane Diocese

by Mitch Finley, Inland Register staff

(From the Sept. 14, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop William Skylstad ordained six new deacons for service in the Diocese of Spokane. The men were ordained in three ceremonies, on three consecutive Fridays, in Pasco, Connell and Othello. This brings the number of deacons in the Diocese of Spokane to 57.

Ordained July 21 at St. Patrick Church, Pasco, were Antonio Rodriguez, Victor Ortega, and Abraham Valdovines.

On July 28, the bishop ordained Ramiro Reyna at St. Vincent Church in Connell.

The following week, Aug. 4, Jesus (Jessie) Rodelo and Magdaleno Casillas were ordained at Sacred Heart Church, Othello.

Deacon Antonio Rodriguez (right) and his wife, Maricela Rodriguez, have been married for 21 years, and they have five sons. “I am very happy to be a deacon,” he said, “and I want to be of service to people who most need help. Just the other day a guy came by who had no food.” Deacon Rodriguez’ specific parish ministry has not yet been announced.

Deacon Victor Ortega (left) and his wife, Sandra Ortega, have been married 25 years, and they have five children between the ages of 1 and 23. Deacon Ortega’s primary ministry at St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, will be the jail ministry in which he has been active for 13 years. “I am looking forward to being involved with the community and working with the needy, with the poor,” he says. “I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity of being a deacon, and I will try to do my best.”

Deacon Ramiro Reyna and his wife, Anita Reyna, have 5 children between the ages of 7 and 24, and they have been married 25 years. Deacon Reyna is assigned to St. Vincent Parish in Connell, and his primary ministry has not yet been determined. Deacon Reyna wishes to thank his former pastor, Father Richard Poole, for asking him to consider becoming a deacon. He also thanks everyone who supported him in prayer during his years of formation.

Deacon Magdaleno Casillas and his wife, Marguerita Casillas, have been married since 1995, and they have 5 children between the ages of 2 and 14, including twins who are age 7. Deacon Casillas will be ministering through Sacred Heart Parish in Othello, although his primary ministry has yet to be determined. “I look forward to helping the community,” he says.

Deacon Jesus (“Jesse”) Rodelo and his wife, Gloria Rodelo, have been married for 19 years, and they have two children, ages 18 and 16. Deacon Rodelo also has been assigned to Sacred Heart, though his specific ministerial involvement has not yet been determined. “I look forward to being there for the community and helping out,” he says.

Deacon Abraham Valdovinos (right) is assigned to St. Patrick Parish, Pasco. He and his wife, Maria Valdovinos, have been married 28 years, and they have 4 boys and 1 girl, now between the ages of 22 and 28. Deacon Valdovinos says that he is looking forward to “serving the Lord in whatever ways I am called to do so. I am very happy helping the people in the community.”

(Photos courtesy of St. Patrick Parish, Pasco.)

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