Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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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

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(From the April 10, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Sisters launch new web site

The Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters have launched what they are describing as a “new and improved” web site.

The site features weekly prayer reflections, news, an option to submit prayer requests or register for a retreat, and an online gift store.

Walla Walla schools earn competition honors

A recent math contest in Walla Walla found the team from Assumption School taking second place out of 14 entrants. The Assumption group consisted of five fifth graders, with one alternate, and three fourth graders, with one alternate.

Fifth graders were Annie Erickson, Kyle Konen, Sean Long, Shane Roach, Andy Swinnerton, and alternate Katie Konen. Fourth graders were Natalie Crum, Kyle Lindgren, Eddie Moran, and alternate Anna Morton.

Voice of the Faithful sets meeting dates

The Spokane chapter of Voice of the Faithful, dedicated to helping “the hierarchy in solving some major problems that have occurred within our Church,” will be meeting April 14, April 28, May 12, and May 26.

Meetings are held in St. Aloysius Parish’s O’Malley Hall, 330 E. Boone Ave. in Spokane, at 7 p.m.

All “concerned Catholics” are invited to attend.

Deacon Joseph Sullivan to be ordained a priest next month

Deacon Joseph Sullivan, completing theology studies at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon, will be ordained a priest for the Diocese of Spokane on Friday, May 30, at 7 p.m. in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane.

A reception will follow the ordination liturgy.

Deacon Sullivan also studied at Bishop White Seminary, Spokane, and did pastoral work at St. Charles Parish, Spokane.

Holy Names schools alumni to gather

On April 26 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane, there will be a reunion for all alumni taught by the Sisters of the Holy Names.

For information, call 328-7470, or send an e-mail.

The convent is located at 2911 W. Fort Wright Dr.

Proud paraders

Students from St. John Vianney School, Spokane, took part in last month’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Spokane. Proudly displaying their school’s banner are, from left, Jamie Belknap, Mary Miller, Joel Brooks and Becky Ryan. (IR photo from St. John Vianney School)

Human rights honor awarded to GU institute

Bob Bartlett (left), Director of Multicultural Education at Gonzaga University, and Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, Gonzaga’s president, display the Civil Rights Award. (IR photo from Gonzaga University)

Gonzaga University’s Institute for Action Against Hate is the recipient of the 2002 Civil Rights Award from the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations and Human Rights Education Foundation. The annual award is given to a person or group best exemplifying the values put forth by the Task Force.

The award was received on behalf of the entire board by Bob Bartlett, chair of the Board of Advisors and director of multicultural education at Gonzaga; Shepard; Ken Stern, American Jewish Committee, New York City; James Beebe, Gonzaga professor; Raymond Reyes, associate academic vice president for diversity at GU; George Critchlow, Gonzaga School of Law associate professor; and Gloria McMillan, consultant to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles.

Tony Stewart, longtime human rights activist, lauded the Institute for its efforts in addressing and confronting hate through educational and scholarly programs, through the publication of its Journal of Hate Studies, and through its past and future conferences.

The award plaque quotes the late Robert F. Kennedy: “Each time a man strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope ... that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression.”

Bishop’s talk marks 40th anniversary of peace encyclical

Bishop Skylstad will speak on Blessed Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in Terris (“Peace on Earth”) on Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at the Jepson Center at Gonzaga University.

The encyclical was published Holy Thursday, 1963. Its opening words: “Peace on earth, which all men of every era have most eagerly yearned for, can be firmly established and sustained only if the order laid down by God be faithfully observed.”

The presentation is co-sponsored by Pax Christi of Spokane, and by Gonzaga University, as part of its speakers series titled “Catholicism for a New Millennium.”

Discussion will follow.

The event is free and open to the public.

Prep senior honored for service

Teresa Fredericks, a senior at Gonzaga Preparatory School, was the recipient of the Ignatian Service Award earlier this month. The Ignatian Service Award honors students who best represent St. Ignatius of Loyola’s spirit of community service and giving to others. She was nominated for the award by Neil Kempen, director of Community Service at Gonzaga Prep.

“More than anyone I know Teresa loves foreign languages,” said Kempen. “What is amazing to me is the fact that she has shared her love for languages with a large number of people. Not only did she take the initiative to set up and teach a French class at the Boys and Girls Club, but also she has worked with two different English as a Second Language classes.”

Her other activities include catechism at St. Thomas More Parish’s youth group, working with adults in English as a Second Language classes, and was a National Merit Semifinalist.

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