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Open eyes and open hearts

Driving a refrigerated rental truck to far-flung places like Forks isn’t exactly in Nick Leider’s job description.

‘A ministry of service’

Archbishop Paul D. Etienne will ordain 21 men to the permanent diaconate during a livestreamed Mass December 19 at St. James Cathedral.

Forty years of touching souls

It was October 1980 and Leonardo Defilippis had “a crazy dream”: to use his training as a Shakespearean actor to bring St. Luke’s Gospel to life in a one-man production at churches around the Pacific Northwest.

Proclaiming the word of God

Jim Russell recommends a simple prayer to readers as they approach the ambo to proclaim the word of God at Mass: “Please don’t let me screw up.”

Burying the dead at the 'gate of heaven'

Richard Peterson has worked for the Archdiocese of Seattle’s cemeteries for 44 years, a career he began as a seasonal grounds worker while attending college seminary. He later was named superintendent of Gethsemane Cemetery in Federal Way and in 1991 was appointed Director of Cemeteries for the archdiocese. Peterson, president of the Catholic Cemetery Conference and an active member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Federal Way, answered some questions from Northwest Catholic about Catholic cemetery ministry.