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

Year of the Priest celebration

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 4, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Joachim Hiên was honored at an Appreciation Potluck after the 11 a.m. Mass Jan. 17 in Wilson Hall at St. Anthony Parish, where he serves as pastor. The youth served, lectured, and ushered during the Mass, and Trinity School’s choir provided music. A “throne,” crook, and crown awaited Father Hiên as the Youth Group escorted him to his throne with kazoo music. One of the organizers of the day, Cindy Ecklund, assembled a display of original pictures of the priest from the perspective of Trinity School students. Youth minister Desiree Shier helped plan the day and directed the decorations. Wilson Hall was standing room only filled with parishioners and friends. Capping off the event were toasts of Father Hiên by family members and friends, thanking him for his 35 years of priestly service. As the pastor thanked everyone for this special day, he pointed out that life is like ice skating: When you fall, you learn and get up to do it better next time. (IR photo courtesy of Joanne Bovey)

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