ETCETERA - Ex-Walla Walla man ordained deacon in Washington, D.C.

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The Most Rev. William Skylstad, bishop of the Diocese of Spokane ordained four Catholic University of America seminarians as deacons, including former Walla Wallan Jeffrey Core.

The April 10 ceremony was at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. A release said it is the largest Catholic church in North America.

Jeffrey was raised in Walla Walla where his family belonged to St. Patrick Parish. He attends CU's Theological College in Washington, D.C.

Joining the order of deacons is a milestone on Jeffrey's path to becoming a priest.

"I have been on this path since 1996 and am so blessed to have had the support of family, friends and the men whom I will call my brothers as deacons and priests. I am excited to begin the work for which I have been preparing these many years," he said.

He was ordained to the transitional diaconate in preparation for priestly ordination in May of 2011.

He plans to work at his diocesan retreat center this summer and looks forward to serving the people of Spokane both in retreat ministry as well as serving as deacon at Mass.

He will also work with seminarians at the annual Quo Vadis Days program, which helps young men in their teens discern the possibility of a priestly vocation.

Jeff attended Assumption Elementary School and graduated in 1989 from DeSales Catholic School in Walla Walla.

Now of the Spokane Valley, where his parents, James and Angela Core also reside, Jeffrey earned a bachelor's degree from Holy Names University in Oakland, Calif. He was director of campus ministry and new student programs at the University of Great Falls before joining the seminary.

Jeffrey said he would like to work to improve the youth and young adult ministry programs throughout the diocese. He added, "I cannot think of anywhere in the diocese that I would not want to be assigned; we have a great diocese."

He and fellow Theological College seminarians have spent at least three years in formation and in graduate education at Catholic University en route to becoming diocesan priests.

Deacons can fulfill some of the responsibilities of priests - preach and baptize, for example - but cannot hear confessions or offer Mass.

After a summer working in ministry, they will return to Theological College in August to complete a final academic year. They are expected to be ordained priests in spring 2011.

Catholic University of America, located in the heart of Washington, D.C., is unique as the national university of the Catholic Church in America. Founded in 1887 and chartered by Congress, the university opened as a graduate research institution. Undergraduate programs were introduced in 1904. Today the private and coeducational campus has approximately 6,700 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in 12 schools of architecture and planning, arts and sciences, canon law, engineering, law, library and information science, music, nursing, philosophy, professional studies, social service and theology and religious studies.

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Whitman College student Stephanie Silver found "Bygone Walla Walla," a new DVD photo collection out from Joe Drazan, to be invaluable in her senior art history research project.

In it, she explored Walla Walla's architecture and named the project, "Imaginative Identity."

"The collection of 12,500 photographs is significant both for research purposes and those who are merely curious about Walla Walla history," Stephanie e-mailed. "Nowhere else have I encountered such a thorough and well-organized digital archive of the city, making "Bygone Walla Walla" a unique resource in Walla Walla history. Mr. Drazan has done the digging for all of us who love history but don't have the patience to poke through boxes of photographs all over the city and organize them so well: the result of his work is more of those ‘aha!' moments when you've found something really good," Stephanie said.

Stephanie found when searching "Marcy Service Station," for example, that one hit yielded a 1971 photograph of two young women on a tandem bicycle in front of a large glass window - "it is only in the reflection that you see the distinctive white dome of the service station."

She found so many discoveries in using "Bygone Walla Walla" that she said the work "would have been nearly impossible otherwise; this kind of project is years in the making, and thousands of hours of time spent."

Stephanie will graduate this spring with a degree in art history and visual culture studies. Her concentrations include Spanish and race and ethnic studies. She chose her major after a photo research project with ArtWalla made her aware of the significance of visual culture on local history and identity, and how art can be a means for disenfranchised voices to make themselves known, she said.

She also had an internship with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., in spring 2009. She plans to join the Peace Corps one year after graduation because she "can't bear to leave Walla Walla just yet." She hopes to return to her roots in art history by becoming a museum educator or part of an arts advocacy foundation.

" ‘Bygone Walla Walla' is also a great resource for those who have a more recreational interest in our surroundings. It's easy to get lost for hours while perusing the archive (as I have done several times in my research)."

The quality and organization of the photographs helped Stephanie learn a lot just from looking.

"I would recommend this archive to history buffs and novices alike, and I am confident that it is a great resource for anyone who is curious about Walla Walla. This kind of archive, so easily navigated, will surely inspire more research about the city. It truly is an invaluable resource.

Mr. Drazan has a keen eye for historical ‘treasures' and generously lets us in on the story with his impressively comprehensive and enjoyable "Bygone Walla Walla."

That DVD and the U-B 1,000-photo disc are for sale at the Walla Walla Public Library, 238 E. Alder St., and Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

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Walla Walla artist Joyce Anderson received the Eastern Washington Watercolor Society Award for her painting of "Three Wishes."

It is a part of the annual juried show at the Allied Arts Association, 89 Lee Boulevard, Richland. The show just opened and will continue from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays through April 30 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays.

Joyce started her professional painting career in 1978 when she moved to Walla Walla. She has been teaching others since 1980. She is actively involved in children art instruction in the local schools and adult art instruction at Walla Walla Community College.

Juror Karen Kaiser is assistant curator for education at Jundt Art Museum, Gonzaga University, in Spokane. She was art program manager at Spokane Falls Community College and assistant curator for education at the Spokane Art School.

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On March 26 Walla Walla Elks Lodge members awarded three winners in their Americanism essay contest at Meadowbrook Intermediate School in College Place.

Exalted Ruler Harold Lee presented awards to the winners, who wrote individual interpretations of the American Dream, said Keith Burghardt, with the Walla Walla Elks Public Relations Committee. Local winner Colton Webb received a $100 savings bond from the lodge and a plaque. Runners-up Madison Garrett and Jered Funk received plaques - and all participants got certificates of appreciation.

The trio of winning essays move onto district, then possibly to state and national competition.

At the National level, first place in each division receives a $1,000 savings bond, second place $500, and third $250, Keith said.

The Elks announced earlier that the lodge building is for sale, but to date the sale has not been finalized. In the meantime, a building committee of 10 Elks is working to make a recommendation for a new facility, Keith said. The committee has sought the input from its nearly 1,000 members as well.

"As of right now, the committee has continued to evaluate several options such as purchasing an existing building, or building a new one," Keith said.

"The biggest misconception around town is that we are going away; that is far from true. We have been here since 1894, and while we are looking to downsize our facility, we are not looking to go away."

The Elks Lodge offers a wide range of benevolent programs for the community's children, adults and veterans, including, the Elks Hoop and Soccer Shoots; support of various youth organizations; several scholarships for youth at the local, state and national level; and the Children's Therapy Program, which provides physical and occupational therapy to children from birth to 21.

Therapy is provided in the home at no cost to the family. "We are excited to have a local therapist on board again to provide this service to the community," Keith said.

They also offer comprehensive Elks Drug Awareness and Prevention programs, to reach out to youths and their parents with a set of materials offered free of charge.

"We stand ready to assist schools, other organizations and to compliment other programs."

The Elks Veterans Service program offers voluntary service to veterans, active servicepeople and their families.

Additionally, the lodge offers its Americanism program "to quicken the spirit of American patriotism and to stimulate awareness.

Members participate in local and national activities, such as the essay contest for school children in grades 5-8, which just concluded. It gives school children the opportunity to express their views on America and what being a patriotic citizen means, Keith said.

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Walla Walla University President John McVay and Whitman College President George Bridges pitched in with a crew of volunteers to clean up some debris. They joined forces for the second annual Spring Service Day, a tri-campus effort April 18.

Robin Dowsett, program manager of Volunteer Chore Service, said, "I am really grateful to live in a community where people take the time to show their citizenship and caring in tangible ways ... and for the leadership and example" set by John and George. "The students volunteering from Whitman and Walla Walla U always impress me." Upon seeing the end result, "The client was thrilled," Robin said via e-mail.

Many projects were afoot that day.

Whitman, WWU and Walla Walla Community College, coordinated volunteers for their projects. Volunteer Chore Service is at 408 W. Poplar St. Contact Robin there at 525-0572 or rdowsett@ccspokane.org . Catholic Charities Volunteer Chore Service had two projects going on April 18. Becky St. Clair, news and information coordinator at WWU, said nearly 400 students were involved in more than a dozen projects around Walla Walla and College Place.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions.

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