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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Bishop White Seminary begins another year with welcome-back dinner, new formation director

the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 4, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

Members of the Serra Club of Spokane recently hosted a welcome-back dinner for all new and returning seminarians attending Bishop White Seminary. The barbecue was held at the home of Don and Diane Kelly. The Kellys were assisted by fellow Serrans Mike and Winnie Doohan.

In addition to swimming and eating, seminarians had the opportunity to meet and visit with new members of the Bishop White community. Eight men joined the seminary this year, including four seminarians from the Diocese of Yakima, one seminarian from the Diocese of Juneau, Alaska, and three seminarians studying for the Diocese of Spokane. The seminary is now nearly full and is expected to be completely full by the spring semester.

The Serra Club is a group of Catholic men and women who foster and affirm vocations to the priesthood and Religious life, as well as foster members’ spirituality. Serrans are supportive of Bishop White Seminary in a number of ways. Members host dinners, pray for seminarians, provide financial support, and join the seminary community on a monthly basis for morning Mass followed by coffee and donuts.

Jesuit Father Matthew Gamber has been appointed the new Director of Spiritual Formation for Bishop White Seminary. He replaces Father Leo McKernan, who has taken an assignment as pastor in his home diocese of Scranton, Pa.

Father Gamber is a native of Evanston, Ill., and is member of the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University in Chicago, a Master of Divinity from the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif.

As Director of Spiritual Formation, Father Gamber will assist in the coordination of the seminary’s entire spiritual formation program. This includes preparing spiritual conferences, celebrating Mass and other liturgical functions, providing individual spiritual direction to seminarians and integrating seminarians into the spiritual life of the university campus.

In addition to his service at Bishop White, Father Gamber is also a chaplain with University Ministry at Gonzaga University. As one of the chaplains, he assists with university retreats, liturgical celebrations, and ministry to students on campus.

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