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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

Cardinal Dulles to visit Spokane seminary

The seminarians and staff at Bishop White Seminary, Spokane, are anticipating a visit by Jesuit Cardinal Avery Dulles on Sept. 24.

Cardinal Dulles is the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University in New York. He is the author of several books, including The Craft of Theology, The Holocaust, and The Theology of the Church: A Bibliography.

The cardinal will be in Spokane to give the homily for the Red Mass at Gonzaga University and will join the seminarians for lunch on the same day. The students at Bishop White are preparing for the cardinal’s visit by reading his theological reflections on priesthood contained in his recent book, titled The Priestly Office. (CNS photo from Catholic Press Photo)

St. Paschal student wins DAR essay contest

Sarah Marie Bechtolt, an eighth grader at St. Paschal School in Spokane Valley, has been chosen the national winner of the seventh-grade level American History Essay Contest for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

The contest’s assigned topic was to write an interview with two of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Sarah’s seventh-grade teacher, Jennifer Mercer, had instructed the class on the temper of the 18th Century and the complaints against the king leading up to the Declaration of Independence, as part of their social studies curriculum.

Spokane Garry Chapter DAR sponsored Sarah. Her entry won at both the regional and state level before being chosen the top essay by the national DAR committee. She has been awarded a medal and a check, and she is already researching for this year’s contest, which is open for all fifth through eighth graders. This year’s essay topic is “A Letter from Valley Forge: Winter, 1777-1778.”

Sarah is the daughter of Richard and Stephanie Bechtolt. (IR photo from the Daughters of the American Revolution)

‘Mother Joseph’ Build

(Photo) Habitat for Humanity celebrated the success of its “Blitz Build,” in which five houses were completed in a 10-day period earlier this summer. Construction of two of those houses was due to the fundraising and donated volunteer hours of the people of Providence – Providence Services, Providence Services Eastern Washington, the Sisters of Providence, and the Providence Associates. The Providence project was called the “Mother Joseph Build,” in honor of Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart, the foundress of the Sisters of Providence in the West. Providence Sister Rosalie Locati paid a visit to the site, portraying Mother Joseph in habit and tool belt, to encourage the efforts of the Providence volunteers. (IR photo from the Sisters of Providence)

Othello parish debuts new web site

Sacred Heart Parish in Othello has posted its own site on the web.

The bilingual web site boasts color photos from the parish, schedules, and information about the new pastor, Father Miguel Mejia Diaz.

Father Mejia has created web sites for each of the parishes where he has served as pastor or administrator, including Dayton, Waitsburg, and Pomeroy.

New theology students

Michael Ishida and David Kuttner begin their theology studies this at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Spokane. The two men spent the last academic year in the pre-theology program at Bishop White Seminary and Gonzaga University, where they studied theology and philosophy, engaged in pastoral work, and began their formation process toward priesthood. Ishida is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii. He worked as a cardiac nurse in Seattle before entering the seminary. Kuttner is a Spokane native, a member of St. Thomas More Parish and former teacher of students with special needs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education. (IR file photos)

DCCW to meet Oct. 2 at Cathedral

The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will hold its fall meeting Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane.

Registration for the event begins at 9:30 a.m.

The meeting will include Mass, concelebrated by Bishop Skylstad and Father Eugene Glatt. Father Glatt is moderator of the DCCW.

Reservations should be made no later than Sept. 23; call 487-3685 for information and reservations.

Tri-Cities Serrans ‘adopt’ seminarians

(Photo) The Tri-Cities Serra Club members have each agreed to offer spiritual support to seminarians studying for the Spokane and Yakima dioceses. Members pray for and correspond with their seminarians, offering encouragement and support during priestly formation. At right is club member Father John Birk and seminarian Pedro Bautista-Peraz. (IR photo from Father John Birk)


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