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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Around the Diocese: Aug. 23, 2001

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(From the Aug. 23, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

St. Gertrude Benedictines seek oblates

The Benedictine Sisters of St. Gertrude Monastery in Cottonwood, Idaho, are sponsoring a day of inquiry for those who might be interested in becoming oblates associated with their monastery.

The inquiry will be Saturday, Sept. 29, at St. David Episcopal Church, 7315 N. Wall in Spokane.

The event is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. A simple meal will be provided.

Oblates are laity who espouse and live specific defining aspects of the Benedictine way of life; among them, hospitality, simplicity and peace.

To attend, RSVP by calling 324-0772.

Family Center to benefit from marathon run

Wayne Brown, business administrator for St. Joseph Family Center in Spokane, will be taking pledges for the miles he completes as he runs in the Berlin Marathon next month.

Brown hopes to raise $5,000 for st. Joseph’s Special Grant Fund, which provides support for the working poor, those not covered by medical insurance, and others who might not be able to pay for mental health counseling classes or skills classes.

The Family Center is a non-profit professional counseling center sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.

This will be Brown’s second experience of the Berlin race. While an Army chaplain in Germany in 1988 he not only ran, but trained other soldiers to run the race. Everyone completed the course.

Holy Names Associates

The Washington Province of the Sisters of the Holy Names welcomed seven new associate members recently. Associates make a formal commitment of belonging to the Holy Names community, without taking vows. The seven are Patricia Boroughs (Northridge, Calif), Dereth Wright (Spokane), Janet Mooney (Lacey, Wash.), Joanne Boyer (Spokane), Julie Ricking (Toppenish, Wash.), Loretta Troyka (Everett, Wash.), and Mary Ann Lamb (Wapato, Wash.).

Bishop Skylstad among those attending Vocations Congress

Bishop Skylstad is scheduled to be among more than 50 U.S. bishops attending the upcoming North American Vocations Congress, set for next April in Montreal.

The Canadian and U.S. bishops will be taking principal responsibility for the event, consulting closely with the Pontifical Work for Ecclesiastical Vocations in Rome.

In all, more than 1,000 delegates are expected to attend the three-day meeting.

This is Pope John Paul II’s third such regional gathering. The others were in Sao Paulo, Brazil (1994) and Rome (1997).

Utah Trappists invite potential monks to visit

Holy Trinity Trappist Abbey in Huntsville, Utah, has scheduled several retreats designed for men who are contemplating the monastic life.

Retreatants work and pray with the monks and hear vocational conferences given by the monks themselves.

Though the retreats are free, they are extremely popular and reservations are strongly suggested. Dates include the weekends of Sept. 19-23, Oct. 24-28, and Jan. 2-6.

For information call toll-free (866) 548-3463.

FSPA Sisters mark jubilees

Four Spokane members of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration noted significant jubilees of Religious profession recently at St. Rose Convent, La Crosse, Wis.

Celebrating 60 years was Sister Mary Kevin Ferguson. She taught in elementary schools in the West and Midwest for over 40 years. In Spokane she served as a volunteer at the House of Charity as well.

Also celebrating 60 years was Sister Theodora Feulner, now the parish visitation coordinator for the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. He has served as head nurse at the Holy Names Health Care Center in Spokane and worked in health care ministries throughout the United States.

Sister Patricia Gordon, director of Clare Center, is former principal of Marycliff High School and a Spokane native. She also taught in schools and religious education programs in California and Wisconsin. She celebrated her 50th jubilee

The fourth Sister also celebrated 50 years of profession. Sister Eileen Neumann, a volunteer at Clare Center in Spokane, trained in medical technology and worked in that field in Iowa, Idaho, Arizona, Louisiana and Washington. She also worked in detention ministry in Nevada and California.

Father Baronti celebrates 25 years of priesthood in Guatemala

Father David Baronti, a priest of the Spokane Diocese serving in the mission in Guatemala, celebrated his 25th anniversary of priestly ordination this month.

In an Aug. 8 e-mail from Guatemala he reports that plans were being made for a long hike to mark the occasion.

“(A)bout 225 people from the parish will be walking about 60 miles with me to the national shrine at Esquipulus,” he wrote. “The trip will take five days, including two days of busing to the point from which we will begin walking. We will be staying in parishes en route.

“On the day of my 25th anniversary (Aug. 15), we will be in Esquipulus, celebrating Mass. The following Saturday, Aug. 18, we will be celebrating in Ixtahuacán,” the parish where he serves in the Guatemala highlands.

Besides all of his years of priestly ministry, Father Baronti dedicated his year as a deacon to service in Guatemala.

Chapter delegation

Holy Names Sisters from the Washington Province were among those meeting in the General Chapter last month near Quebec City. Those attending were Holy Names Sisters Linda Haydock, Mary Annette Dworshak, Sylvia Jone, Celine Steinberger, Ann Pizelo, Mary Boys, and Cathy Beckley, and Associate Dolores Harris.

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