This is the personal journal of Fr. Jeffrey Sarkies. In it, he hopes that his thoughts and musings will help him communicate the gospel message as he understands it to others.

Frequency of Posts

Postings are generally published every Monday and Friday but when the Spirit so inspires him, he may post something in between! Friday postings relate to the upcoming Sunday readings while Monday articles are general spiritual ruminations.


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27 comments so far

  1. LaDawn Hollick on

    I am so happy to have contact with you once again Fr. Sarkies. As you may know, Bill and I have been living in San Diego for two years and have thought about you often.

  2. Kathy Cochran on

    Father Sarkies –

    I was so glad to see you at today’s farewell party. I have thought of you a lot, though I know you don’t really know me at all. I have been bringing my mother to Holy Rosary for 2 1/2 years now, and was brought back to the Church in the process. I was impressed by your humility, your humanity, and your honesty. When I heard of your ouster, I was angry as I felt a strong intuitive impulse that an injustice was unfolding before my very eyes. I trust that intuition, just as I trust you.

    I just returned from a vacation in Arizona, and know that you will enjoy the weather down there. But don’t forget your web-footed friends at Holy Rosary. We will all continue to pray for you and to remember fondly the wisdom you shared with us so often. Be well, and be happy.

  3. Joanne Mearls on

    Hi Father – Well do I remember when the diocese made you get a computer – you were really gnashing your teeth. And now you have a blog. What is this world coming to??? God bless you. – Joanne

  4. Marie Doyle on

    Dear Father Sarkies,
    I’m glad to have finally “found” you. Robert and I send fond greetings of the season to you, and wish you (and the world) peace in the new year. We just returned from a very quiet, enjoyable Christmas in Sweden, and often thought of you and your love of Bergman, etc. We will stay in touch, even if just by reading your wonderful missives. Be well.
    Peace, Marie & Robert

  5. Dana Keller on

    Father Sarkies – We are fellow Arizonans now! Jim and I moved here for his work last July (whew! that was hot). We are in Scottsdale and would love to connect with you sometime. So glad you are still sharing your thoughts with us through this blog and hope you are getting in some good rounds!



  6. Bill and Celeste Lenth on

    Hi Father Sarkies,
    We think about you often and hope you are well and happy. It is nice to see that you are still writing beautifully and have a way to sent it out to people.

    Bill just returned from the Thursday morning soup kitchen at H.R.. This afternoon we along with Kathleen and Bill Blankenship will make a meal for the Orion street kids. Nothing much changes here! Little Bradley Peer will make his First Holy Communion Sunday. We’ll go to IHOP to celebrate afterwards since Bradley adored pancakes.
    Bill and Celeste

  7. William Jeakle on

    Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2009, Father. We read your writings regularly, which has helped us with the very difficult transition. Your writing is ask crisp, thought-provoking, and insightful as ever. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. I look forward to following the journey of Didymus.

  8. Damian on

    I served as an alter boy for Fr. Sarkies as a kid in Seattle. I still remember his words from way back then. What a great find this site is! Glad to see he is still at it.

  9. Fr. Steve Niskanen, CMF on

    Fr. Sarkies,
    I remember you from when you were assistant pastor at St. Luke’s in Shoreline. Our family always commented on your engaging and powerful preaching. Now I am a priest with the Claretian Missionaries, trying to apply the Word to the real lives of people today. May God bless you and give you wisdom and peace!

  10. Fr. William Heric on


    Blessings of peace to you! You are in my prayers as you live through this chapter in your life. My regard for you as a person and a priest remain as high as ever.

    Take care and God bless,

    Fraternally, Bill

  11. Don Ellingsen on

    Fr. Sarkies, my mom Mary worked for you at St. Al’s when you were there. She thinks the world of you. We are not sure on how to contact you. Could you contact me at my email address. I would like to ask a small favor of you.
    Thanks, Her son Don

  12. AKErin on

    Hi Father:
    “Brady” here from ECHS. I want you to know that I still have my journals from AmLit class, and your encouraging comments when life as a teenager was just a bit too confusing. Won’t ever forget your calm presence in our lives…I will pray for your peace.

  13. Theresa Conner on

    Fr. Sarkies…
    Please know that you are in my thoughts and always in my prayers! Peace be with you.

  14. David Calhoun on

    Fr. Sarkies – a friend of Paul Reitz of many years is remembering your kindnesses
    to him and his high regard of you, as the press enjoys feasting on your news.
    All best wishes from David Calhoun, Seattle

  15. Fr. Bill Heric on


    Blessings of Easter joy and hope to you. Your brother (the one in a wheel chair) has started worshiping at Holy Innocents in Duvall where I serve on weekends. It’s great to have him.

    Hope you are well and at peace!

    Fraternally, Bill

  16. Harry Goetz on

    Something that somehow seems appropriate.
    From Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speach.
    “Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring—when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children—black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics—will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

  17. Sharon W. on

    Hi, Father Sarkies–
    Delighted to find this blog–and to reconnect with your wonderful homilies. Our family is fine–Dick and I now have two grandkids. Funny to think that we first met you while awaiting the birth of our daughter.
    Hope you are well and enjoying the sunshine!

  18. Bill and Celeste Lenth on

    Hi Father Sarkies,
    We were amused yesterday to learn that our grandson, Bradley Peer who is now eleven, had named a small shark in his fish tank “Father Sharkies” and wanted you to know this positive proof that you are not forgotten!
    Bill and Celeste

  19. Linda Tobin on

    Dear Father – You guided my husband Matt and I through a series of additional pre-marital counseling sessions until we finally made it to the altar. Although I had been raised in an evangelical church, you made me feel at ease in the formality of the Catholic Church. You reached out to me and allowed me to serve as a greeter, teach baptism classes, participate in stewardship council even though I was not a Catholic. One day, the wind blew through the doors of the church and you looked at me and said, “it must be the Holy Spirit.” Your insightful comment made me realize that, though the rituals of Catholicism differed from the less formal protestant services of my youth, the holy spirit was always present.

    Your acceptance and open mindedness caused me to open my heart toward the Catholic church. I became part of the parish and eventually converted to Catholicism because of your gentle spirit, warmth, tolerance, intellect and kindness. I will never forget what a critical part you played in my faith journey and I will forever be grateful.

    Love, Linda Tobin

  20. Elizabeth VandePutte on

    I have so missed Father Sarkies. Just came across this when looking up something about Father William Heric. Would love to receive writings from Father Sarkies.

  21. Paul Huddleston on

    Dear Father Sarkies:

    Only a handful of men can I say have truly set trusted winds in my sails during my days. Thank you for being an immeasurable inspiration during my early years. I still draw strength and confidence from my memories of you, and am blessed to remember so vividly the lessons that you imprinted on my life. Having found your blog, I feel I am home again.

  22. Norma (Swartwood) Johnson on

    Father Sarkies, I can’t believe I found you! You have been in my thoughts for a long time, especially when Meryle passed last December. You were always one of my very favorite priests. I hope you are happy and well. I am bookmarking your blog and will be reading often. My husband and I live in Nevada 8 mos. of the year and in Arizona for 4 mos.

  23. Jim Healey on

    Altar boy days back in the 60s at St Lukes. Glad to find you still active and sharing. I still use those public speaking skills you taught me almost everyday. But, the trait I remember most about your ministry was your meekness. And I thank God for providing you to me for an example. Whenever I feel my ‘handle’ on humility slipping I will remember you. May He bless you richly each day.

  24. Jim & Linda Thorburn on

    Father Sarkies … Our thoughts and prayers are with you on this celebratory day of the 50th year of your Ordination! We think of you often … and will always cherish the many years of pastoral care and friendship you shared with us at Holy Rosary. Our best to you always!

  25. John Madura on

    Dear Father Sarkies,

    I think of you every year at this time. You delivered a homily at Holy Rosary about the timing of Christmas and that, paraphrased, “it’s no coincidence that Christmas occurs at this time of the year – when it’s dark and the days are short”. Every time I think of these words, I think of you, the light of Christ, and the joy that Christmas brings. Wishing you the best for this, and all seasons!

  26. Karen (Tyra) Smith on

    Father Sarkies,

    You came to my mind out of the blue a couple days ago. I don’t know if you remember but I was very close to your sister, Carol, when I lived in Seattle. I got baptized into the Church. I met Carol at Frederick and Nelson’s when we both worked there back in the early 70’s and stayed friends until I married and moved away. I hope you are doing well. I enjoy reading your ‘musings’ and want to continue. I was so surprised you are now in Arizona! Karen Tyra (now Smith)

  27. Anita Ashford-Trotter on

    Dear Fr Sarkies, So much life has flowed since our family saw you. much love to you. I remember your heart and voice in mass at St Alphonsus, Seattle. Long ago. Robert Trotter, my spouse of 40 years passed away in 2015. He suffere colon cancer. All of our children are grown. I moved to Blaine, Wa on 5 acres, an fortunately found new love, and companion.
    Thank you for your love of The Divine, music. We adored you for the gifts of Spirit. My mother is 91, and remembers you and Fr Bloom, fondly.

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