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Around the Diocese: Aug. 1, 2002

by the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 1, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

Franciscan Sisters mark jubilees in Pennsylvania

Several Franciscan Sisters who ministered in the Spokane Diocese marked jubilees of profession recently at Our Lady of the Angels Convent in Aston, Pa.

Celebrating her diamond jubilee was Sister Bernard Weisser, a former teacher at St. Charles School, Spokane.

Three celebrated golden jubilees. Sister Emma Holdener also taught at St. Charles; Sister Ellen Mary Meskill ministered at St. Joseph Children’s Home. Sister Henry Wyatt taught at St. Charles and worked at what was then known as St. Ann Baby Home.

Pasco priest among those attending regional Marriage Encounter convention

Father John Birk (right) of Pasco, Wash., was among those attending the regional Marriage Encounter convention held last month in Portland, Ore. With Father Birk is a former schoolmate from Quigley Seminary in Chicago, Archbishop John Vlazny, Archbishop of Portland. Father Birk reports that some 115 couples attended, along with seven priests, Archbishop Vlazny, and Bishop Skylstad. (IR photo from Father John Birk)

Spokane Sister elected to leadership role

Sister Patrice Lavin, director of St. Joseph Family Center in Spokane, has been elected to a six-year term as Congregational Minister of her community, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.

Sister Patrice holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Loyola College, Maryland, and a master’s degree in formative spirituality from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. She is a native of Baltimore who entered her Religious community in 1970.

Also elected to the leadership team from the Northwest was Sister Jeanne Patrice Nisley, the vice president for mission at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, Ore.

Groundbreaking work in Walla Walla

St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Walla Walla, held groundbreaking ceremonies recently for its new parish hall.

On hand for the project’s beginning were, in the photo, from left, Mike Fazzari, the project contractor; Father Pat Kerst, pastor; and Sister Sharon Bongiorno, pastoral minister and a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. The parish is hoping for a November completion date. (IR photo from St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Walla Walla)

Retired Canadian bishop to lead workshop in Spokane

Bishop Remi De Roo, retired bishop of Victoria, B.C., will lead a workshop, “Hope and Challenge After Vatican II,” on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, on the corner of 34th and Perry in Spokane.

Bishop De Roo was one of the participants in Vatican Council II. He served the Victoria Diocese for 37 years and was frequently outspoken on a number of issues. In an interview before his retirement, cited by Catholic News Service, he said, “I speak the truth as I see it, and I don’t feel that I should be less inhibited because I happen to be a bishop.”

The workshop is open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken to cover travel expenses.

Patriotic group

Educare students at St. Mary School, Spokane, got all dressed up to celebrate Independence Day this summer. The students enjoyed a July 3 barbecue preparatory to the nation’s birthday party. Pictured, standing, from left, are Wendy Gregory, Joey Belknap, Brandon McSwain, Ryan Gregory, Markus Janson, Eric Holden and Mattnew Pretz. In front, holding hand-made (and legal) not-really-fireworks is Evan Tucker. (IR photo from St. Mary School)

Parish welcomes new pastor; Mass schedule changes

St. Patrick Parish, Spokane, has been busy welcoming its new pastor, Father Dan Barnett, whom the parish shares with St. Francis Xavier Parish.

St. Patrick has modified its Mass schedule. Weekdays, Mass is celebrated at noon on Tuesday-Thursday, 8:45 on Friday, and 8 a.m. on Saturday, followed by Reconciliation from 9-10:30 a.m.

Weekend Masses are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Cardinal to preach at GU’s annual Red Mass

Gonzaga Law will host its annual Red Mass on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 5 p.m. at St. Aloysius Church, 330 E. Boone Ave. in Spokane, adjacent to the GU campus.

Presiding at this year’s Mass is Bishop Skylstad. Homilist will be Jesuit Cardinal Avery Dulles, a theologian and professor at New York’s Fordham University. He is the author of several theological books and articles and is a consultor to the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine.

The tradition of the Red Mass dates back to 14th-century England, marking the beginning of the judicial season.

A reception will follow the Sept. 24 Mass.

Providence Sister now a U.S. citizen

Providence Sister Lang Tran, a probationary transfer into the Mother Joseph Province of the Sisters of Providence, was sworn in as a U.S. citizen July 9 at the Spokane County Courthouse.

She is a native of Vietnam, where she entered the Providence community in 1969. she came to the United States in 1996 and applied to transfer to the Mother Joseph Province in 2000.

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