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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Bishop Cupich ordains David Gaines, Brian Sattler to the diaconate

Story and photos by Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

(From the June 20, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

On Friday, June 7, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Bishop Blase Cupich ordained David Gaines and Brian Sattler to the diaconate, one more step on their path to future ordination as priests for the Spokane Diocese.

In his homily, Bishop Cupich reminded the two men that the order of diaconate “has been from the beginning and throughout the history of the Church not about a title you receive, but a service you offer … (that) defines from this moment on for the rest of your lives, both your relationship with God and your relationship with the Church…. Your ordination tonight is the invitation to live what you know and believe. To do what you have learned.”

Among those present were friends and family members, priests and permanent deacons, and Bishop William Skylstad, Bishop Emeritus of the Spokane Diocese.

Deacon Gaines, 28, was born in Colorado Springs, Colo. He graduated from Medical Lake High School and, in 2008, from Gonzaga University with a double major in philosophy and religious studies, with a minor in music performance.

He is completing his priestly formation program at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he will complete his Master of Divinity degree and licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL).

He has served as cantor and music director at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Spokane, and at Holy Family Parish at Fairchild Air Force Base.

The last school year and the school year to come, he has been serving at Holy Comforter/St. Cyprian Parish in Washington, D.C., where he’ll preach and help with youth group activities and RCIA.

When asked what aspect of ordained ministry he found most appealing, he responded, “being able to offer the sacraments of Holy Communion and Penance to the faithful…. (and) being a conduit of hope amidst difficulties of any sort in people’s lives. And finally, the chance to bring about the ‘new evangelization’” to which the U.S. bishops and Popes Francis and Benedict “have called us.”

Deacon Sattler is 50 years old and a native of Spokane, where he graduated from St. Charles School and Shadle Park High School. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in philosophy and a minor in religious studies before entering theology at Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Ore. There he has focused on Scripture studies.

He has been serving at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane, and while he said he “cannot speculate on what future ministry I will have, I hope to serve God’s people,” because that service, and “seeing God in others gives me great joy.”

Bishop Cupich prays as Brian Sattler and David Gaines kneel. (IR photo)

Bishop Cupich imposes hands on Brian Sattler during the ordination Mass June 7 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. (IR photo)

The newly ordained join Bishop Cupich at the altar. (IR photo)

Deacon Gaines distributes Communion. (IR photo)

Deacons Brian Sattler and David Gaines. (IR photo)


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