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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the Jan. 18, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

SEATTLE, Wash. — Maggie Brothers, a senior at Holy Names Academy used her love of theater to earn Girls Scouts’ highest award, the Gold Award. The 18-year-old wanted to do something with children and theater for her Girl Scout project. So she recruited 15 kids from the St. Joseph Parish extended care program and led them through a two-month period as they wrote, produced and staged their own play which was called The Orphans’ Troubles.

Brothers has been an actress since age 12, and has performed in local productions. Gold Award recipients are rare, encompassing less than one percent of Girl Scouts.

BREMERTON, Wash. — Felix Fabellano has continued a tradition of his grandmother in collecting Nativity sets. He has 125 scenes in his home that depict the event, and another 40 that decorate his Christmas tree. He said the sets “open to the door to be able to talk to others about the true meaning of Christmas and to talk about Christ.”

Fabellano, who is from Guam, has been a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea parish since 1969. Last July he became parish youth minister.

— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

BOISE, Idaho — “FIRE Returns to Idaho.” On Saturday, Feb. 24, in the Bank America Centre, the national FIRE team will present a day of talks and prayer to “strengthen Catholics to help them live out their Christian lives in a faith-filled vibrant and confident way.” Among the speakers are Sister Ann Shields, SGL, Ralph Martin, and Father Michael Scanlan, TOR. A youth program for students in grades 9-12 is also planned. For more information, call 208-286-7496.

FIRE stands for Faith, Intercession, Repentance, and Evangelism. The team’s last visit to Boise was in 1997.

— Idaho Catholic Register, Boise

LOLO, Mont. — Cheryl Russell, religious education coordinator at the Spirit of Christ Mission, was awarded the highest national award that can be presented to adult leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. She will receive the St. George emblem from Bishop Robert Morlino at a recognition ceremony Feb. 11 in Helena.

MISSOULA, Mont. — Approximately 265 students, parents, teachers and friends, ran, jogged and walked in the 15th annual Missoula Jog-a-Thon, raising $28,000 for St. Joseph Elementary school. Pledges had been given to participants for each lap they completed around the school track. They logged a total of 1,162 miles during the event.

— The Montana Catholic, Helena

ESTACADA, Ore. — St. Aloysius Parish hosted pastors and members of area churches for an ecumenical Bible reading. A large number of people attended to hear readings from the book of the prophet Isaiah.

— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

ST. BENEDICT, Ore. — Mount Angel Abbey is undertaking its first major building project since 1970. It will remodel and add on to the dining facilities in Aquinas Hall, a project expected to be completed in March, and then Aquinas Hall itself will be remodeled, starting in June.

The dining addition will increase seating capacity by 50 percent and will improve the food service facilities. The dormitory and classroom building that is Aquinas Hall will be made into a student residence with 55 rooms. The residence will be brought up to code and its seismic resistance improved.

The seminary is currently filled to capacity with 170 seminarians and more than 40 lay men and women and Religious. The increased demand on the seminary necessitated this as well as future renovations.

ST. BENEDICT, Ore. — Steven Beaird, a former development director for the Diocese of Spokane, has been named Capital Campaign Director for Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary. He began his new job Jan. 1.

Beaird has 20 years’ experience in fund-raising for Catholic organizations. He is a former Vancouver, Wash., resident and lives in Portland.

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