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Two deacons begin new parish assignments

the Inland Register

(From the August 16, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Two deacons of the Spokane Diocese have begun new parish assignments.

Deacon John Sicilia (left) is now in charge of scheduling deacons for liturgical ministry at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane. He began July 1.

Effective Aug. 1, Deacon Kelly Stewart has accepted a new assignment at St. John Vianney Parish in Spokane Valley, where he will be involved with liturgical ministry as well as ministry with Nightwalk, an outreach to the homeless, especially youth, of Spokane.

Deacon Sicilia was ordained Sept. 28, 1985.

His professional background includes work as a respiratory therapist and Director of Respiratory Services at Deaconess Hospital.

He served 12 years as a pastoral associate at St. Thomas More Parish and 15 years at St. Charles Parish, Spokane, as well as one year at Fairchild Air Force Base.

In 2001 he was named Director of Deacon Life and Ministry for the Spokane Diocese. He continues in that role.

He now serves as a “public relations ambassador” for Hennessey Funeral Homes in Spokane.

He and his wife, Vicky, have been married for 48 years. They have four children.

Deacon Stewart (right) was ordained June 24, 1999.

He ministered at Assumption Parish, Spokane, for 13 years. He was active there in youth ministry and social concerns, as well as liturgical ministry.

He has worked for Plese Realty since 2006. Deacon Stewart also teaches martial arts.

He and his wife, Laurie, have been married for 28 years. They have two children.


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