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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Regional Report: Oct. 25, 2001

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

Archdiocese of Portland
NEWBERG — The saints are marchin’ in. On Oct. 31, St. Peter Parish hosts an All Hallows Eve party with children invited to come as saints. One popular depiction, according to organizers, is St. John the Baptist with his head on a platter.
REDMOND — St. Thomas More Parish plans to build a new Catholic church and school. But there will be an addition: a retirement home will also be included in the plans.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

BILLINGS — Becky and Jeff Davis of Billings met when both were Jesuit Volunteers. One of the lessons they learned as Volunteers was to live simply, and Becky Davis took that to heart. She leads a seven-week program in the diocese called “Voluntary Simplicity,” helping participants learn ways to reduce the lure of materialism. The program comes through Global Village in Billings.
— The Harvest, Great Falls

Diocese of Helena

MISSOULA — Youth from St. Francis Xavier Parish raffled a quilt to help earn money to help send representatives to World Youth Day in Toronto next summer. The group raised $1,143.
— The Montana Catholic, Helena

Archdiocese of Seattle

CENTRALIA-CHEHALIS — Dr. Manuel Roco, a retired surgeon, takes an annual trip to his native Philippines, not for a vacation but to work, operating on people too poor to see a physician. Dr. Roco was honored recently, selected as one of five recipients of the 2001 Living Asian American Pioneers Award, sponsored by the Seattle-based Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation. Dr. Roco founded the Society of Philippine Surgeons in America in 1972 with about 20 other physicians. They began Medical Missions to the Philippines in 1985 with a team of surgeons and others operating on several hundred patients a week.
SNOQUALMIE — The youth group at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish will sponsor a free monthly dinner in the parish hall for anyone who’s hungry. The 30 kids, in grades six to eight, will offer the dinner through May. If demand warrants, they will offer the dinner more frequently. The group was inspired when they heard dentist Steve Albright of St. Anne Parish talk about his volunteer work in other countries.
— The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

Diocese of Yakima

KENNEWICK — Msgr. Desmond Dillon, 86, noted 60 years of priesthood. The priest, who is nearly blind, lives at St. Joseph Parish. Among his numerous accomplishments: he founded six St. Vincent de Paul stores, he developed the first formal campus ministry program in the diocese, he organized or helped organize refugee programs for Cuban children and Vietnamese families, and he was the diocesan director for Hispanic affairs. His parish honored him with a celebration in June.
YAKIMA — Over 200 young people attended the REACH Conference and Discipleship Week held June 15-22. Keynote speaker was Brian Kraut, youth minister from St. Pius X Parish in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Participants came from as far away as Virginia Beach, Va.
— Central Washington Catholic, Yakima


BOISE — A Hispanic women’s group called the Hermanas Unidas de Santa Maria (Sisters United Through St. Mary’s) won an award for being the largest team in the Religion Category Sept. 22 at the Women’s Fitness Celebration. Forty women comprised the group. They walked five kilometers in the celebration’s fun run. The group is already planning for next year’s event, hoping to retain their title.
—The Idaho Register, Boise
LEWISTON — Actor-producer Leonardo DeFilippis will present Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Monday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. The 90-minute live stage production is currently on a national tour. Maximilian is the story of a Catholic priest who gave his life in exchange for another man’s at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Admission is a free-will offering.

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