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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Portland will be site of regional stewardship conference next month

the Inland Register

(From the April 12, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

People from around the Pacific Northwest will meet in Portland on May 17-18 to attend the Northwest Regional Steward Conference. More than 400 people from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington are expected to attend.

The conference is held every other year and is hosted by one of the dioceses in the region. The Diocese of Spokane hosted the conference in 1999.

This year’s conference will be an opportunity for everyone who attends to contemplate the place of stewardship as a way of life in the Catholic Church, discuss its practical applications, and celebrate Mass. Bishops from throughout the region, including Bishop Skylstad, will participate in the conference.

The theme for the conference is “Gifted and Giving,” which exemplifies the way Christian stewards respond - returning to God a portion of what God has given to them. All of the topics presented at the conference will reflect some part of this theme.

The keynote speaker for the conference is Archbishop James P. Keleher of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and Episcopal Moderator of the International Catholic Stewardship Conference. Archbishop Keleher is a member of the NCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Stewardship, the committee that wrote the pastoral letter on stewardship, “Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response.”

Some of the other speakers are: Bishop Eugene J. Gerber, Diocese of Wichita; Nancy Koons, Director of Development and Stewardship, Diocese of Amarillo; Dr. Bob Miller, Director of the Office of Research and Planning, Archdiocese of Philadelphia; Bill Morris, founder of the Morris Center; and Sherry Anne Weddell, co-founder of the Catherine of Sienna Institute.

All of the speakers are nationally known for their work in stewardship.

Bishop Skylstad will lead the evening prayer that will end the conference sessions on Thursday afternoon.

Registration for the conference is $75 per person. Registration includes attendance at all of the conference sessions, a three-ring binder containing information from the presentations and lunch on Friday, May 18.

More information about the conference and a registration brochure can be obtained by calling the Diocese of Spokane’s Development Office — (509) 358-4280 or (800) 689-9819 — or by logging on to the conference web site.

Registration is open to everyone who wants to learn more about how they can make stewardship a way of life for themselves, their family and their parish.

A complete listing of the conference speakers and their topics, as well as a registration form can also be found on page 13 of the April 12 edition of the Inland Register.

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