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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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(From the Feb. 6, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Western Franciscans elect new Provincial Minister

The Franciscan friars (Order of Friars Minor) of the Province of Saint Barbara have elected their new Provincial Minister, Franciscan Father Melvin Jurisich of Oakland, Calif. Father Mel immediately assumes responsibility for the administration of the Province, which comprises seven western states, including Washington, and missions in four foreign countries.

Father Mel was born and raised in Oakland, where he attended St. Elizabeth High School. Upon graduation in 1961, he enrolled at San Luis Rey College, and graduated in 1966. He studied theology for two years in Santa Barbara and received his Master of Divinity degree in 1970 from the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, Calif. He was ordained a priest in June of 1970.

Since 1988, in addition to performing various pastoral duties, Father Mel has served as Secretary of the Province.

“I am greatly honored and humbled by the confidence put in me by the friars of the Province. I look forward to working with the newly-elected Provincial Council and the friars to deepen our own Franciscan life, as well as expand our collaboration with our lay brothers and sisters,” he said.

Walla Walla Providence Associates mark anniversaries

Four Walla Walla-area Providence Associates were honored recently upon their anniversaries of membership. Mary Jane Fehrenbacher celebrated 15 years as an Associate. Celebrating 10 years were Charles and Mary Ruzicka, and Agnes Mason.

Providence Associates are lay members who share the same charism as the Sisters of Providence.

Fehrenbacher and Mason both belong to St. Patrick Parish, Walla Walla, and the Ruzickas to St. Francis of Assisi, Walla Walla.

Serra Club hosts Ash Wednesday event

Spokane’s Serra Club will hold their annual meeting with Bsihop William Skylstad this year on Ash Wednesday, March 5, at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and Mass.

The evening will include installation of new members: Patricia Connell, Shirley Pantaleo, Tom Crossan, Pat Ryan, Kenneth Spilker, and Evelyn Parisot.

All past Serra members are invited to join present members for the evening. For more information call 926-8540 or 624-1500.

‘Concerned Catholics’ to gather Feb. 10

A group of Catholic laity from several different parishes in the Spokane area met the evening of Jan. 27 in O’Malley Hall at St. Aloysius Parish.

One of the organizers of the meeting, Larry Pember of Colville, said that the group does not yet have a formal title. Nevertheless, the individuals are “concerned Catholics who want to help solve the problems that are now generated in the Church,” particularly in regard to the sexual abuse scandal, he said.

About 40 individuals attended the Jan. 27 meeting.

The group is open to anyone interested. “These are people who are common, ordinary lay Catholics who believe it’s time we can be some help to the priests and to the bishop of our diocese,” said Pember. “We are looking very closely at what was stated in Vatican II about the laity and the laity’s role.”

Pember is Minister of the Secular Franciscan Order in the Spokane area.

Jan. 27 was the group’s third meeting. The next meeting has been scheduled for Monday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Aloysius’s Parish Center, on Boone adjacent to the Gonzaga University campus.

Gonzaga University to host anti-war presentations

Gonzaga University faculty members are hosting a series of anti-war presentations titled “Ain’t Gonna Study War No More: A Chorus Against the War.”

The series began Jan. 30 and continues through March 5. All are free and open to the public. The presentations will take place in Jepson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

The titles and dates of the presentations are as follows:

Wednesday, Feb.12: Roderick Stackelberg, professor of history, will discuss “Why Europe Says No.”

Wednesday, Feb. 19: Theodore Nitz, assistant professor of history and director of international studies, will discuss, “Understanding Iraq.”

Monday, Feb. 24: Pat McCormick, associate professor of religious studies, will discuss “The Churches Against the War.”

Wednesday, March 5: English Associate Professor Beth Cooley and English Assistant Professor Patsy Fowler will present “Anti-War Poetry and Songs.”

The presentations are sponsored by the Gonzaga University religious studies department, the Justice Committee and the women’s studies program.

For more information, call 323-6715.

‘Spirit of St. Patrick’ to benefit St. Margaret Shelter

The sixth annual “Spirit of St. Patrick” party will be held Saturday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane.

Proceeds from the annual event will benefit St. Margaret Shelter, which provides support to homeless women and their children.

Entertainment will be provided by the Angus Scott Pipe Band and the Kelly Irish Dancers. An “Irish feast” will be prepared by Chef Ray Delfino.

Tickets for the evening are $40 per person. For reservations call 358-4254.

Gonzaga University Jesuits have new rector

Jesuit Father Michael Moynahan, a 1968 Gonzaga alumnus, has been named rector of Gonzaga University’s Jesuit community by Jesuit Superior General Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach. The rector is the spiritual and organizational leader for the university’s Jesuits.

Father Moynahan, who returned to his alma mater as assistant professor of religious studies and associate director of the CREDO/Focus programs in 1996, replaces Jesuit Father Scott Coble, who completed a six-year-term this month.

Most recently, Father Moynahan served as dean of the Gonzaga-in-Florence Program.

A member of the California Province of the Society of Jesus, Father Moynahan received a master’s degree in divinity and a licentiate in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Calif. He earned a doctorate in theology and the arts (drama) from the Graduate Theological Union.

Father Moynahan taught theology and religious studies at the Jesuit School of Theology and at Santa Clara University before coming to GU in 1996. As a Gonzaga undergraduate, he was perhaps best known as Professor Henry Higgins in the Gonzaga production of My Fair Lady.

Jesuit Father Robert Lyons, GU associate professor of communications arts and minister of the GU Jesuit community, has been named superior of the Regis Community at Bea House on the Gonzaga University campus.

Father Lyons is a member of the Oregon Province, and has served at Gonzaga for 23 years.


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