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Father Mike Savelesky will continue in his present ministries as pastor of Assumption Parish, Spokane, and Director of Deacon Formation for the diocese as he takes on additional responsibilities as the diocese's Moderator of the Curia.
As such he will assist the bishop with various administrative tasks.
Father Savelesky was ordained Aug. 4, 1973, after earning a doctorate in Religious Studies from the American College in Louvain, Belgium.
has a wide range of ministerial experience in the diocese.
He has been assistant pastor at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, and pastor of St. Peter Parish, Spokane; St. Patrick and St. Francis of Assisi parishes in Walla Walla; and Assumption, Spokane.
He oversaw construction of the new church complex while pastor of St. Peter Parish.
He served as an assistant retreat master at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center; vocation director; dean of men as well as rector of Bishop White Seminary; and director of the diocese's Lay Ministry Formation Program.
by Father Michael Savelesky, ...
by Father Michael Savelesky, for the Inland Register
Father Michael Savelesky
During the last two months, an unusually attentive child has asked me, "Where's Baby Jesus?
(Father Savelesky is the diocese's Director of Deacon Formation and pastor of Assumption Parish in Spokane.)
• Father Michael Savelesky
Father Michael Savelesky, from pastor of Assumption Parish, Spokane, to pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Tekoa; Holy Rosary Parish, Rosalia; St. Catherine Parish, Oakesdale; and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, St. John, while retaining responsibilities as Diocesan Moderator of the Curia.
Father Michael Savelesky has been pastor of Assumption Parish, Spokane, since June 2001.
was ordained a priest of the Spokane Diocese
on Aug. 4, 1973, after studies at Bishop White Seminary
and The American College
in Louvain, Belgium.
He was assistant pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes before being assigned to Bishop White Seminary as co-director of formation in 1975.
He became rector in 1976.
He has twice served the diocese as director of the Deacon Formation Program, and was editor of the Inland Register from 1980-85.
In addition to Assumption Parish, Father Savelesky has been pastor of St. Peter Parish, Spokane, and St. Patrick and St. Francis of Assisi parishes in Walla Walla.
He was named Moderator of the Curia July 1, 2011.
Rev. Mike ...
Rev. Mike Savelesky
Administrative Division: Inland Register
Bishop William Skylstad has named Father Michael Savelesky, pastor of Spokane's Assumption Parish, as the new director of the Diocese of Spokane's deacon formation program.
John Steiner took over the role as Director of Continuing Education for Priests, which Father Savelesky
had been filling.
This isn't the first time that Father Savelesky
has served the diocese through ministry formation.
"In 1975, when I was on the formation staff at Bishop White Seminary," Father Savelesky
said, "I was asked to establish the formal process for the formation of permanent deacons for our diocese.
I held the position of Director of Permanent Deacon Formation until the spring of 1980, and then again from 1992-1995, during which time I also was serving as pastor of St. Peter Parish
and also was a member of the bishop's Secretariat."
Father Savelesky explained that the director of deacon formation "acts much like a principal of a Catholic school, identifying, forming and supervising faculty as well as providing a positive, Gospel-oriented process in the supervision of the overall program of deacon formation.
Because the ministry of the deacon is, by its very nature, to be "flexible and varied," Father Savelesky
said, it is impossible to look very far into the future to identify the specific ways that deacons will serve as the diocese continues moving into the 21st century.
"Much depends on the bishop's discernment of the needs of the local church.
In the end, the effectiveness of the deacon's ministry will be validated to the extent that he
responds to our Lord's admonition to serve and not to be served."
For such reasons, the church remains always cautious about the deacon becoming "a mere liturgical or 'sacristy' deacon, or even a publicly stable member of the governing structure of the parish.
A full-time salaried deacon may be useful in some circumstances, but (this) seems to speak contrary to the church's sense of the revised ministry of the permanent deacon," said Father Savelesky