Official Deacon Appointments: June 4, 2021

Here’s a list of all the new deacon assignments for the Archdiocese of Denver, including the newly ordained deacons and reappointments. These appointments are effective July 1, 2021, unless noted otherwise.

Newly Ordained Deacons

Deacon Scott Boken, appointed deacon at St. Mary Parish in Greeley and to Guadalupe Shelter, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon Joseph Crotty, appointed deacon at St. Mary of the Crown in Carbondale and to Catholic Charities in Glenwood Springs, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon Timothy Heaton, appointed deacon at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Arvada and to Mulroy Center, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon Derrick Johnson, appointed deacon at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Denver and to Faith in Action Apostolate, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon Wayne Lauer, appointed deacon at Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Foxfield and to the Catholic Charities Respect Life Team, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon George Linehan, appointed deacon at Our Lady of the Pines Parish in Conifer and to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon Daniel McConville, appointed deacon at St. Louis Parish in Louisville and to the Prison Ministry, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon Richard Milinazzo, appointed deacon at St. John Paul II Parish in Thornton and to Fallen Away Catholics Apostolate, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon David Morris, appointed deacon at Queen of Peace Parish in Aurora and to the Prison Ministry, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon Joseph Nowak, appointed deacon at Spirit of Christ Parish in Arvada and to the Veterans Ministry, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon Carl Redman, appointed deacon at Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Foxfield and to Veterans Home Ministry, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon Michael Seback, appointed deacon at St. Mary Parish in Littleton and to the Divorce Ministry, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon Thomas (Jason) Sewald, appointed deacon at Our Lady of the Plains Parish in Byers and to the VA Hospital Ministry, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon Patrick Smith, appointed deacon at St. Bernadette Parish in Lakewood and to the Adult Children of Divorce Ministry, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon Jesse Taitano, appointed deacon at Light of the World Parish in Littleton and to the Retirement Homes Ministry, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon Spencer Thornber, appointed deacon at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Littleton and to the Family Ministry, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon John Ton, appointed deacon at Queen of Peace Parish in Aurora and to Samaritan House, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon Gregory Trudel, appointed deacon at St. John XXIII Parish in Ft. Collins and to St. Monica Healing Ministry, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon Alfonso Valadez, appointed deacon at Holy Rosary Parish in Denver and to Care for those Addicted to Alcohol Ministry, effective June 26, 2021

Deacon Reappointments

Deacon Michael Berens, reappointed deacon at St. John the Baptist Parish in Longmont, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Kelvin Brath, reappointed deacon at All Souls Parish in Englewood, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon August Cordova, reappointed deacon at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Loveland, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Michael Daly, reappointed deacon at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Lakewood, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Antonio Guerrero reappointed deacon at St. Dominic Parish in Denver, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Robert Hoffman, reappointed deacon at Christ the King Parish in Evergreen, effective June 1, 2018

Deacon Brian Kerby, reappointed deacon at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Littleton, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Harold Kimble, reappointed deacon at Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Windsor, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Michael Magee, reappointed deacon at Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Foxfield, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Mladen Martinovic, reappointed deacon at St. Louis Parish in Englewood, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Clarence McDavid, reappointed deacon at Cure d’ Ars Parish in Denver effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Rick Montagne, reappointed deacon at Light of the World Parish in Littleton effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Marc Nestorick, reappointed deacon at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Littleton, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Rex Pilger, reappointed deacon at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Arvada, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Greg Reynolds, reappointed deacon at St. Joseph Parish in Ft. Collins, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Norman Ridder, reappointed deacon at Spirit of Christ Parish in Arvada, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Rob Rinne, reappointed deacon at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Jose Rodriguez, reappointed deacon at St. John the Baptist in Longmont effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Stan Rymes, reappointed deacon at Our Lady of the Mountains Parish in Estes Park, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Alan Spears, reappointed deacon at St. Jude Parish in Lakewood, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon David Thompson, reappointed deacon at Queen of Peace Parish in Aurora, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon John Tran, reappointed deacon at Christ on the Mountain Parish in Lakewood, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Chester Ubowski, reappointed deacon at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Littleton, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Edgar Valle, reappointed deacon at Presentation of Our Lady Parish in Denver, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Richard Vieira, reappointed deacon at Holy Family Parish in Denver, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Mario Vielma, reappointed deacon at Our Lady Mother of the Church Parish in Commerce City, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon John Volk, reappointed deacon at St. Mary Parish in Greeley, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Martin Wager, reappointed deacon at All Souls Parish in Englewood, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Dennis Wallisch, reappointed deacon at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Loveland, effective July 1, 2021

Moves and retirements

Deacon Modesto Garcia, released from duties at St. Nicholas Parish in Platteville and appointed deacon at St. William Parish in Ft. Lupton, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon Timothy Hathaway, released from duties at Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Foxfield and appointed deacon at St. Thomas More Parish in Centennial, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon William Martinez, released from duties at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Denver and appointed deacon at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, effective July 1, 2021

Deacon James Daniels, granted retirement status with faculties, effective October 1, 2020

Deacon Cecil Gingerich, granted retirement status with faculties, effective June 1, 2021

Deacon Bill Jordan, granted retirement status with faculties, effective June 1, 2021

Deacon Robert Finan, granted retirement status with faculties, effective June 30, 2021

Deacon Lawrence Ton Ngo, granted retirement status with faculties, effective June 30, 2021

Deacon Wilfredo Liwanag, granted retirement status with faculties, effective June 30, 2021

Deacon Pablo Salas, granted retirement status with faculties, effective June 30, 2021

Deacon John Sedlevicius, granted retirement status with faculties, effective February 15, 2021

Deacon William Stow, granted retirement status with faculties, effective June 30, 2021

Deacon John Wehrman, granted retirement status with faculties, effective June 30, 2021


Featured photo by James Baca

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.”