Official Appointments: July 1, 2019 (Permanent Diaconate)

Here’s a list of all the new permanent diaconate appointments for the Archdiocese of Denver, including the newly ordained deacons.

Newly Ordained Appointments

Deacon Daniel Cook, appointed deacon at St. Mary Parish in Breckenridge and to Migrant Ministry in Edwards, effective June 22, 2019.

Deacon Eric Ditch, appointed deacon at Saints Peter & Paul Parish in Wheat Ridge and to the R.I.S.E. Apostolate, effective June 22, 2019.

Deacon John Doubrava, appointed deacon at Our Lady of the Plains Parish in Byers and to Marisol Health, effective June 22, 2019.

Deacon John Ferraro, appointed deacon at St. Gianna Molla Parish in Denver and to Catholic Charities Women’s Shelter on Smith Road, effective June 22, 2019.

Deacon Richard Hamilton, appointed deacon at Our Lady of the Pines Parish in Conifer and to the Shiloh House, effective June 22, 2019.

Deacon Thinh Le, appointed deacon at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Lakewood and to Gabriel House in Jefferson County, effective June 22, 2019.

Deacon Timothy McCann, Jr. appointed deacon at Guardian Angels Parish in Mead and to the Legislative Action Team, effective June 22, 2019.

Deacon Anthony Misiti III, appointed deacon at Spirit of Christ Parish in Arvada and to Mt. Olivet Mortuary & Cemetery, effective June 22, 2019.

Deacon Huan Nguyen, appointed deacon at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Broomfield and to the Fallen Away Catholics Ministry, effective June 22, 2019.

Deacon Thomas Piccone, appointed deacon at Risen Christ Parish in Denver and to the Legislative Action Team, effective June 22, 2019.

Deacon Pedro Reyes, Jr. appointed deacon at St. William Parish in Ft. Lupton and to the Catholic Charities Respect Life Team, effective June 22, 2019.

Deacon David Simonton, appointed deacon at St. Thomas More Parish in Centennial and to Family Ministry, effective June 22, 2019.

Deacon Christopher Tranchetti, appointed deacon at Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Foxfield and to the Veterans’ Program, effective June 22, 2019.

Deacon Joseph Vu, appointed deacon at All Saints Parish in Denver and to Gabriel House & Haven House, effective June 22, 2019.

Reappointments

Deacon Glenn Allison, relieved of duties at Our Lady of Fatima in Lakewood and  appointed deacon at Shrine of St. Anne Parish in Arvada, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Richard Antinora, reappointed deacon at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Ft. Collins, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Joseph Benjamin, reappointed deacon at St. Joseph Parish in Akron, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Richard Borda, relieved of duties at Shrine of St. Anne Parish in Arvada and appointed deacon at Holy Trinity Parish in Westminster, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Richard Boyd, granted retirement status, effective June 1, 2019.

Deacon George Brown, granted retirement status, effective May 1, 2019.

Deacon Henry Concha, reappointed deacon at Annunciation Parish in Denver, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Robert Cropp, reappointed deacon at St. Thomas More Parish in Centennial, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Peter Hung Phi Dang, reappointed deacon at Queen of Vietnamese Martyrs Parish in Wheat Ridge, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Oscar DelVillar, reappointed deacon at Immaculate Conception Parish in Lafayette, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Ruben Estrada, reappointed deacon at Ascension Parish in Denver, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Michael Fletcher, reappointed deacon at Christ on the Mountain Parish in Lakewood, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Gregory Frank, reappointed deacon at St. Mary Parish in Littleton, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Joseph Gerber, reappointed deacon at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Arvada, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Charles Goldburg, granted faculties in the Archdiocese of Denver and coming from the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY appointed deacon at Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Hal Goldwire, relieved of duties at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Denver and appointed deacon at St. Bernadette Parish in Lakewood, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon William Hastings, reappointed deacon at St. Peter Parish in Greeley, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Martin Hetzel, granted retirement status, effective June 1, 2019.

Deacon Timothy Kenny, relieved of duties at St. Thomas More Parish in Centennial and appointed deacon at Risen Christ Parish in Denver, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Dennis Langdon, reappointed deacon at St. Joseph Parish in Golden, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Kevin Leiner, reappointed deacon at Notre Dame Parish in Denver, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Wilfredo Liwanag, reappointed deacon at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Aurora, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon David Luksch, reappointed deacon at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Boulder, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Mario Martha-Pro, relieved of duties at St. William Parish in Ft. Lupton and appointed deacon at St. Helena Parish in Ft. Morgan, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon James Parrilli, granted faculties in the Archdiocese of Denver, coming from the Diocese of Palm Beach, FL appointed deacon at Christ the King Parish in Denver, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Anthony Pierson, granted retirement status, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Cesar Perez, relieved of duties at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Greeley and appointed deacon at St. Peter Parish in Greeley, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Mark Salvato, reappointed deacon at Risen Christ Parish in Denver, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Andrew Sanchez, relieved of duties as St. John the XXIII Parish in Ft. Collins appointed deacon at Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Windsor, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Donald Schaefer, reappointed deacon at Holy Name Parish in Denver, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Charles Schultz, reappointed deacon at St. Mark Parish in Westminster, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon William Senger, appointed deacon at Our Lady of Peace in Silverthorne, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Steven Stemper, reappointed deacon at St. Thomas More Parish in Centennial, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon George Thierjung, relieved of duties at Our Lady of the Mountains Parish in Estes Park and appointed deacon at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Longmont, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Steven Vallero, reappointed deacon at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Broomfield, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Patrick Whaley, relieved of duties at Good Shepherd Parish and appointed deacon at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Denver, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Richard Wilson, reappointed deacon at St. Helena Parish in Ft. Morgan, effective July 1, 2019.

Deacon Paul Zajac, reappointed deacon at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Denver, effective July 1, 2019.

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COMING UP: Moral courage and the many cultures of death

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CRACOW. Thanks to the pandemic, it’s been two years since I was last in Cracow, where for three decades I’ve done extensive research and taught great students while forming friendships with many remarkable people. It was wonderful to be back in one of the world’s greatest cities, and soon after I arrived in late June, I took a long walk to see what had changed. The first major difference I noticed was that the plaza in front of the central railway station (named for my late friend Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, a World War II courier for the Polish Home Army and the man from whom the future John Paul II got real news via Radio Free Europe’s Polish service) has a new, strikingly modern memorial, dedicated to the memory of Colonel Ryszard Kukliński.

That name is not well-known throughout a western world that has largely forgotten the meaning and lessons of the Cold War. But if Jan Nowak-Jeziorański was right when he spoke about the Polish colonel in the mid-1990s, Ryszard Kuklinski was a genuine hero of the long, twilight struggle against communist totalitarianism — the man who helped prevent a bloody Soviet invasion of Poland to crush the nascent Solidarity movement.

An accomplished officer in the communist-era Polish Army, Ryszard Kukliński began to doubt the truth of what he had been told about the West when, as a member of an international commission, he met American military men in Vietnam in the mid-1960s. His doubts about communism and its purposes intensified by orders of magnitude in 1968, when the brutal Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia ground the Prague Spring to dust under the treads of Soviet tanks, and in 1970, when the Polish army shot Polish workers during labor strife. Privy to some of the Warsaw Pact’s most confidential strategic plans, he became convinced that, if the Cold War turned hot and the east bloc attacked the West, the Soviets would sacrifice Poland as retaliatory western tactical nuclear strikes hit the second wave of Warsaw Pact troops pushing west. So, in 1972, Kukliński, risking his life and his family’s safety, offered his services to the United States and for the next nine years was the West’s most important intelligence asset behind the iron curtain.

His greatest service to Poland and the cause of freedom came in the later months of 1980. Thanks to his efforts, the United States knew the entire order-of-battle the Soviet Union had organized to stamp out Solidarity, which had held its first formal congress in September 1980. With that information, and working in concert with the incoming Reagan administration, outgoing national security adviser Zbigniew Brzeziński, with the help of the AFL-CIO’s Lane Kirkland, was able to organize a comprehensive western response to a potential Soviet invasion of Poland: an international economic blockade that would have severely damaged the already-staggering Soviet economy. Faced with economic ruin, the Soviet leadership backed down and the Warsaw Pact divisions that had surrounded Poland withdrew.

Colonel Kukliński and his family were exfiltrated to the West; two of his sons later died under dubious circumstances that may have involved Russian retribution, and Kukliński lived out his life under an assumed name in the United States, dying in 2004. There was public controversy when he returned to his native Poland for a 1998 visit, with some charging that he had violated his officer’s oath by working for American intelligence for a decade. John Paul II, through various intermediaries, quietly passed the word that Kukliński was to be regarded in Poland as a national hero. Zbigniew Brzeziński, who held the exact same view, put it brilliantly, in a comment that appears on the Kukliński Memorial in Cracow: Colonel Kukliński was “the first Polish officer in NATO.” 

Communism was a distinctive form of the culture of death, for the effort to create “Homo Sovieticus” was a lethal assault on souls. Colonel Ryszard Kukliński took a courageous stand against that particular culture of death, knowing as he did that freedom is never cost-free: freedom lived nobly always requires sacrifice. His example should be pondered by Catholic citizens and Catholic public officials throughout the West today, who are called to resist, with similar moral courage and effect, that form of the culture of death that masquerades as the ideology of “choice.” May we and our elected officials be as principled and brave as the Polish officer who took what John Paul II described at the United Nations in 1995 as the “the risk of freedom.”