Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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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

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(From the Jan. 17, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Fruits of the Giving Tree

Though it might appear that All Saints eighth grader Isaac Smith was really, really, really good this year in order to get all these presents, the reality is, he is pictured helping other eighth graders sort hundreds of gifts given by All Saints families during the school’s annual Giving Tree Ceremony, held on Dec. 5 last year. Gifts such as socks, diapers and toothpaste were donated to various agencies, including the Women’s Drop In Center and the House of Charity. (IR photo from All Saints School, Spokane)

Information session for Deacon Formation repeats Jan. 27

Responding to continued interest in the ministry of permanent deacons in the Diocese of Spokane, officials will repeat an information session about the formation of deacons held last June.

The repeat session will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27, at Assumption Parish, 3624 W Indian Trail Rd., Spokane, where Father Michael Savelesky, newly appointed director of the Deacon Formation Program, serves as pastor.

At the repeat session Bishop William Skylstad, Deacon John Sicilia, Director of Deacons, and Father Savelesky will provide general information about the ministry of deacons and answer questions about the diocese’s Deacon Formation Program.

No specific date has been set for the reactivation of that program, but a re-start will occur this calendar year, according to Father Savelesky. The repeat session is being offered to respond to inquiries about the Deacon Formation Program received since a similar information session last June.

“Since its beginning in 1975, our Diocese’s Deacon Formation Program has matured in effectiveness and focus in providing our local Church with dedicated men who are ordained to assist the Bishop and priests with the proclamation of the Gospel and meeting the pastoral needs of the Body of Christ,” said Father Savelesky. “God willing, the formation program we are preparing to reactive this year will produce another group of equally dedicated servants.”

For more information, call Father Savelesky at Assumption Parish, Spokane: 326-0144, or e-mail

New sports equipment

St. Patrick School, Spokane, received a generous donation of 18 soccer balls from a faithful member of neighboring St. Francis Xavier Parish. The balls will be used by all students in their physical education classes. (IR photo from St. Patrick School, Spokane)

A visit from ‘Seahawk Santa’

“Seahawk Santa,” rumored to be St. Paschal School teacher Joe Ormsby, was accompanied by St. Paschal students for a Christmastime visit to St. Margaret Shelter, Spokane, to deliver holiday gift bags filled with home-made treats. (IR photo from St. Paschal School, Spokane Valley)

Sister Patricia Novak is vocations contact for Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

Sister Patricia Novak of Portland is the new vocations contact for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.

She can be reached at 2408 S.E. 16th Ave., Portland, OR 97214; by phone at (503) 233-1878; or via e-mail at

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