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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Around the Diocese: July 4, 2002

by the Inland Register

(From the July 4, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

Father MacMahon scores hole-in-one during Serra golf tournament

Some 82 priests, seminarians and Serra Club members participated in the club’s annual golf tournament, June 12 at Esmeralda Golf Course.

The annual priest-Serra tournament saw a hole-in-one this year, scored by Father Pat MacMahon, pastor of the parishes in Davenport, Reardan, and Harrington. Father MacMahon also scored the low gross.

Parish conducts summer food drive for children out of school

St. Peter Parish, Spokane, sponsored a summer food drive recently. Among those helping with the project were Camp Fire Kids Germaine Lunsford, Savannah Lunsford, Jacob Lunsford, Emily Lunsford and Carmen Richardson. They were also assisted by the preschool children and first and second grades. The food will be distributed to those in need.

Chaplain named for St. Vincent de Paul Society

Father Gene Tracy, pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Spokane, has been named the new spiritual advisor for the Spokane District Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Father Tracy succeeds Jesuit Father Tony Lehmann, who held the post for 19 years before his death last March.

Father Tracy has been a long-time supporter of the work of the Society. He recently was named Chaplain of the Year by the Spokane Police Department.

Bishop’s Medal awarded to Tim and Sally Quirk

Tim and Sally Quirk were the recipients of this year’s Bishop’s Medal, recognizing individuals who have had an impact on the church in the Diocese of Spokane, particularly in the work of Catholic Charities.

Bishop Skylstad made the presentation during the Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Charities earlier this year.

During the presentation, Bishop William Skylstad said he wanted to recognize a couple who demonstrate the prophet Micah’s challenge of, “Acting justly, loving tenderly and walking humbly with their God.”

The Quirks have extensive involvements in a number of projects which help build a stronger community in Eastern Washington. Tim Quirk is a long-time member of the Catholic Charities Board and the Housing Board of Directors. Sally works with the annual Christmas Bureau and also helps children learn English as their second language.

Students Dig Assignment

All Saints School fifth grader, Marty Lorenz, got a first-hand lesson in geology as he and his classmates dug for garnets in Idaho during a recent school field trip. Knee-deep in silt, mud, gravel and gems, the students put into practice what they had learned in recent weeks about finding the rare gems. The site is located outside St. Maries, Idaho and is one of only two places on earth that star garnets are found (the other is in India).

Serra chaplain’s book proceeds benefit seminarians

The late Jesuit Father Tony Lehmann was chaplain of the Spokane Serra Club for some 12 years before his death last March.

During that time he contributed a short spirituality column to the group’s newsletter. Before his death the columns were gathered, edited, and printed as the book For the Spirit – the title of his column.

Copies are available for sale from the Serra Club, with proceeds benefiting seminary education. Cost is $10; write to Serra, P.O. Box 414, Spokane, WA 99201-0414.

The Serra Club is dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood and Religious life and to the spiritual development of its membership.

Morning Star honors Bishop Skylstad

Morning Star Boys’ Ranch bestowed its Skylighter Award on Bishop Skylstad at a recent awards dinner. The award recognized the bishop’s “prayerful and generous support of the children and youth of Morning Star Boys’ Ranch.” Making the presentation was Father Joe Weitensteiner, director of MSBR.

Paulist will keynote Catholic Conference

Paulist Father John Hurley will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Catholic Conference, scheduled for Oct. 19 in Spokane’s Ag-Trade Center.

Besides his address, Father Hurley will present two workshops: “Journey toward the Fullness of Life: A Report on the National Study on the Implementation of the RCIA in the United States” and “Reconciliation: A Time to Listen ... A Time to Heal.”

Registration forms will be available this fall.

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