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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Around the Diocese

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(From the July 5, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

Corrine McGuigan receives Bishop’s medal
Corrine McGuigan was presented with the Bishop’s Medal at the council meeting June 8-9, to thank her for her service to the Spokane Diocese. McGuigan, who is moving to New Hampshire, was the Dean of Education at Gonzaga University and made a “positive contribution” to the development of the relationship of the university to the diocesan Catholic school system. She designed the process, facilitated listening sessions and prepared a plan from the sessions. She also assisted Catholic Charities with its recent listening sessions.

Border Crossings program recognized
Border Crossings, a diocesan spiritual formation program for Catholic school teachers and administrators, was showcased at the National Catholic Educators’ Conference at Boston College June 29-July 1. The program was developed by Superintendent of School Duane Schafer and his staff to provide spiritual formation for school staff on a continuing basis. Schafer attended the meeting. Eleven other programs were recognized at the conference, from dioceses throughout the United States. One program was from St. Mary University College in Twickenham, England.

Volunteers needed at Holy Family Hospital
Got some time on your hands? Want to help others? Holy Family Hospital is looking for volunteers in the following areas: patient escort service and gift shop. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Shifts are available including Saturday and Sunday hours. For more information, contact Betsy Trefry in the Volunteer Office at Holy Family Hospital; phone 482-2252.

Deacon Cooper going to Brewster
St. Augustine Parish in Spokane is a sister parish to Sacred Heart in Brewster. Because of that, Deacon Gary Cooper of St. Augustine decided he wanted to know more about Sacred Heart parish. He will move to Brewster to spend the next couple of months with the Jose Aparicio family there. The two parishes have exchanged pastors and shared prayer services, and the Spokane parish helps the Brewster parish financially. “I want to learn about the parish,” he said, “and to know the parish community.”

Future business leaders meet at Gonzaga
Some 250 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from throughout the state came to the Gonzaga University campus to learn more about the principles of business during the 19th annual Business Week 2001, June 24-30, sponsored by the Association of Washington Business. Executives from businesses statewide introduced students to the business world. At the end of the week, final reports were made to mock shareholders, and the students’ achievements were recognized at a banquet. Among the speakers was Gonzaga University's President, Jesuit Father Robert J. Spitzer.

Pastoral care training program envisioned
The area’s hospitals and Gonzaga University joined together to support a new Clinical Pastoral Education Program in Spokane. The program’s supervisor is Dr. Virginia C. Lane. Dr. Lane is interested in establishing another level of education, a Pastoral Care Training Program. This program could be for volunteer pastoral care givers or for those who minister to the sick. Pastors and parish nurses could also participate in this program. A discussion planning session about such a program is planned for Thursday, July 12, at the Providence Center for Faith and Healing at Sacred Heart Hospital, 101 W. Eighth Ave., Spokane. All pastors and faith leaders are invited to attend to “talk about the needs, share ideas and brainstorm possibilities.” Time of the session is 9:30-11 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served. Those who wish to attend are asked to call 474-3008.

Parishes hold vigils to pray for victims of violence and for end to death penalty
St. Augustine Parish hosted a prayer vigil the evening of June 10 to pray for victims of violence and for the abolishment of the death penalty. The event was timed to precede the June 11 federal execution of Timothy McVeigh. About two dozen people listened to the words of the bishops of Washington state and Bud Welch, who lost his daughter in the Oklahoma City bombing, offering their hopes that capital punishment might one day no longer be exercised as an option in the United States. Deacon Gary Cooper led the service, which was followed by an informal discussion on the topic at the parish hall. Rev. Robert McNeese, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Colville, noted that a prayer and education service on capital punishment took place at the parish also on June 10. Pastors around the diocese were asked to toll their bells at 9 p.m. the evening of June 10 as a witness to victims of violence and as a sign of hope and respect for all life. Pastors were asked to toll their bells again on June 18, the eve of the federal execution of Juan Garza. Similar vigils were held May 15, the eve of the original date of McVeigh’s execution, at Sacred Heart Parish in Pullman, St. Joseph in Colbert and St. Paschal.

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