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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Bishop Cupich to ordain four to priesthood on May 26

by Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

(From the May 19, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Blase Cupich will ordain four deacons to the priesthood for the Spokane Diocese at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in downtown Spokane.

The four deacons are Jeffrey Core, Jason Hiner, Jeffrey Lewis, and Tyler Smedley.

All four were ordained to the diaconate April 10 of last year by Bishop William Skylstad at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Deacon Jeffrey Core was born in Great Falls, Mont., but grew up in the Walla Walla area. He graduated from Assumption and DeSales there before graduating from Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif.

He completed his priestly formation at the Theological College of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he earned a master of divinity degree.

He is a member of Pi Gamma Mu, the American Legion, and the Knights of Columbus.

Deacon Jason Hiner was born in Virginia Beach, Va.

He attended Washington Elementary School in Mount Lebanon, Pa., before graduating from Temple City High School in Temple City, Calif.

He completed a degree in philosophy at Gonzaga University in 2007 before starting theology studies at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore.

Deacon Jeff Lewis is a native of Spokane. He attended Shiloh Hills Elementary and Northwood Junior High, and graduated from Mead High School before completing a degree in human resource management at Washington State University.

Deacon Lewis also earned an MBA in marketing from WSU. He then studied philosophy at Gonzaga University before beginning theology studies at the Theological College at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Deacon Tyler Smedley was born in Vancouver, Wash. He attended elementary school in Odessa, Wash., and high school in Tenino, Wash.

After studying at Western Washington University he completed a degree in philosophy from Gonzaga University.

He also studied theology at the Theological College of The Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Deacon Smedley is a member of the Knights of Columbus.


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