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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Bishop Cupich ordains 18 deacons for service to the Church in Eastern Washington

Story and photos by Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

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

On the evening of Aug. 10, the Feast of St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, Bishop Blase Cupich ordained 18 men to the order of deacon for service to the Church in Eastern Washington.

Those ordained: Deacons José Aparicio (Graciela), Bonifacio Arebalo (Maribel), Craig Blomgren (Cindy), H. Roy Buck (Marge), Brian Ernst (Julie), James Evermann (Maureen), Dan Glatt (Debby), Thomas Heavey (Mary), James Kestell (Kathleen), Victor Lopez (Evangeline), Perry Pearman (Sheila), Allen Peterson (Linda), Maclobio Robles ( Maria), Nick Senger (Brenda), Jim Schwarzer (Ann), José David Torres (Margarita), William Wehmeyer (Julie Ann), and John Westover (Peggy).

The ordination Mass was hosted by Gonzaga University at McCarthey Athletic Center in order to accommodate a crowd estimated by GU officials at over 1,200.

A choir of volunteers was conducted by Jim Tevenan, music director of St. Augustine Parish in Spokane.

In his homily for the Mass, Bishop Cupich told those to be ordained that “the word ‘order’ in our tradition … refers to the ordering, the bringing into harmony and setting of priorities, how the community is arranged, ordered and rightly structured. In a word, this sacrament is about more than what is happening to the ordained. It is about what is happening in the Church, this Church and what this sacrament keeps alive as fundamental for the life of our Church.”

He said, “You who are to be ordained will soon process with the Gospel book at Mass and proclaim the word in your communities. I invite you to see in this liturgical action the point of reference for all that you are called to do in your diaconal ministry. I invite you to take pride in knowing that you have a special calling in the life of the Church to keep fresh in our memory and self-understanding that all we do must always about manifesting, making present, testifying to the presence of the Risen Lord….

“This is the dying to self called for in the Gospel, trusting that when the grain falls to the earth and dies it will bear much fruit. Sometimes that dying will come in the form of putting aside your preconceived notions about where and how Christ is working in the world. Was that not the case in this scene in Acts, the apostles had to die to the idea that they could do everything, that God spoke only in the Hebrew language familiar to them or to the chosen people God of Israel.”

He quoted Pope Paul VI’s instruction to the newly ordained: “Know how to accept as an invitation the very reproach which perhaps, and often unjustly, the world hurls against the Messenger of the Gospel. Know how to listen to the groan of the poor, the candid voice of the child, the thoughtful cry of youth, the complaint of the tired worker, the sigh of the suffering and the criticism of the thinker. ‘Never be afraid.’ The Lord has repeated it.”

Bishop Cupich concluded: “I pray this night that your ordination will be a new moment not just for you and your families but for our Church. I pray that your ordination will help us reclaim the priority of making Christ visible and present, active and life giving in all that we do.”

The deacons and their assignments:

Deacon José Aparicio, Sacred Heart Parish, Brewster.
Deacon Bonifacio Arebalo, Sacred Heart Parish in Brewster.
Deacon Craig Blomgren, Assumption Parish, Spokane.
Deacon H. Roy Buck, St. Francis Xavier Parish, Spokane.
Deacon Brian Ernst, Sacred Heart Parish, Spokane.
Deacon James Evermann, Sacred Heart Parish, Pullman.
Deacon Dan Glatt, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane.
Deacon Thomas Heavey, St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane.
Deacon James Kestell, St. Joseph Parish, Colbert.
Deacon Victor Lopez, Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane.
Deacon Perry Pearman, St. Mary’s Presentation Parish, Deer Park.
Deacon Allen Peterson, St. Charles Parish, Spokane.
Deacon Maclobio Robles, St. Patrick Parish, Walla Walla.
Deacon Nick Senger, St. Peter Parish, Spokane.
Deacon Jim Schwarzer, St. Anthony Parish, Spokane.
Deacon José David Torres, St. Joseph Parish, Spokane.
Deacon William Wehmeyer, St. Genevieve Parish, Twisp.
Deacon John Westover, St. Anthony Parish, Newport.

Msgr. John Steiner led the rehearsal for the ordination Mass the afternoon of Aug. 10. Gonzaga University hosted the event in McCarthey Athletic Center.

Volunteers from throughout the diocese formed the Mass’s choir.

Knights of Columbus formed an honor guard for the ordination Mass.

Those to be ordained lie prostrate as the community prays.

Bishop Cupich presents the Book of the Gospels to Deacon Senger.

Seminarian David Gaines holds the book as Bishop Cupich prays. Standing at left is Deacon Gonzalo Martínez; at right, Deacon John Sicilia, the diocese’s Director of Deacons.

Deacon John Westover is vested by his wife, Peggy.

Deacons of the diocese exchange a sign of peace with the newly ordained.

Deacon Brian Ernst incenses the congregation.

Bishop Cupich, Father Mike Savelesky (Director of Deacon Formation), and the deacon ordination class of 2012. (Inland Register photos by Eric Meisfjord)


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