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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Around the Diocese: Oct. 25, 2001

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(From the Oct. 25, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

Spokane Cemeteries Director elected to national board
Dennis Fairbank, Director of Cemeteries for the Diocese of Spokane, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Cemetery Conference. He will represent the Conference’s Western Region of the United States and Western Canada.
The election occurred last month at the organization’s national meeting in Anaheim, Calif.
Fairbank presently manages two cemeteries for the diocese. A third, on Spokane’s south side, is in the planning stages.
Fairbank has worked for the Spokane Diocese since 1991. Before that he was employed by the Archdiocese of Seattle’s cemeteries.
The National Catholic Cemetery Conference represents some 7,000 Catholic cemeteries.

Distinguished graduate honored
Dick Anderson, a member of the Class of 1956 at St. Patrick School, Spokane, was honored recently as one of the school’s distinguished graduates. The award honors graduates who have put into practice the values and ideals learned in Catholic elementary school. Among Anderson’s works was establishment of a scholarship at the school in the name of his deceased mother. Presenting the award was the school’s principal, Dr. Randall Wallace.

CCHD collection up 17.6 percent
Father Robert J. Vitillo, executive director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, recently informed the Spokane Diocese of good news: the diocese’s 2000 contribution to CCHD was up 17.6 percent over the year before.
CCHD is the U.S. bishops’ anti-poverty effort, funding organizations which attack the root causes of poverty in the United States.
“Your partnership is essential to helping us break the cycle of poverty in this country,” Father Vitillo wrote. “We can end poverty, but only if we face it together.”

Assumption potluck dinner hosts seniors
Assumption’s Home and School Association, along with students, hosted an annual potluck dinner last month, with senior citizens of the parish as honored guests.

GU theater presents Shakespeare comedy
William Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona will be presented by Gonzaga University’s theater department for two weekends, Oct. 25-27 and Nov. 1-3.
Performances are in Russell Theatre on campus at 8 p.m., except on Oct. 27, which is a 2 p.m. matinee performance.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and are available at the theater’s box office from 3-6 p.m., Monday-Friday.
The classic has been set in the era of Big Bands and World War II, complete with swing dancing. Director is Assistant Professor Kevin Bradshaw.

Bosnian couple to share stories of faith, conversion during All Souls Day at St. Charles
St. Charles Parish is offering a day-long observance of First Friday and All Souls Day on Friday, Nov. 2.
The day begins with Mass at 8 a.m., followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 8:30 a.m.
The rosary and Litany of the Blessed Virgin will be prayed at 5:30 p.m., followed by testimony by Pat and Nancy Latta; Benediction at 7:30 p.m.; and refreshments at 7:45 p.m.
The Lattas are a Canadian couple who underwent a conversion experience and moved to Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina eight years ago.

Fun run logs laps, pledges
Students at St. Mary School, Spokane, took part in a Fun Run recently. The participants logged in 9,365 laps around the gym earlier this month in an effort to raise $26,000 for the school.

Local applications sought for national Scout leadership program
The National Catholic Committee on Scouting(R) will present its fifth high adventure leadership program for mature Catholic Scouts and Venturers July 13-28, 2002.
The program will be held at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. It will include typical Scouting activities such as hiking, leadership training, and spiritual formation with morality, values, faith and Scripture.
Cost of the program is $500, plus transportation to New Mexico. Applications are being accepted by the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting (DCCS).
Applicants should be 15-16 years of age, mature, with physical stamina needed to backpack the high country of New Mexico. The DCCS will provide some financial assistance to diocesan representatives.
Applications and information are available from Joe Schmitz, chairperson of the DCCS. Call him at (509) 747-7499.

Tri-Cities Prep senior receives scholar recognition
Elaine Vega, a senior at Tri-Cities Prep, has been named a scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP).
The NHRP is a College Board program providing national recognition of exceptional academic achievement by Hispanic high school seniors.
She is one of 4,200 students nationally recognized as scholar or with honorable mention.
The school’s principal is Jesuit Father Tom Bunnell.

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