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

Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the June 12, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Seattle
OLYMPIA — A 75-mile pro-life hike was held June 12 in Olympia, following an hour of adoration in St. Michael Church that began at 7:30 a.m. Hikers stopped along the way to pray at exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, as well as outside abortion clinics. Five men were to hike the entire distance but participants could join for any part of the four-day event. Purpose of the hike was to offer “prayer and sacrifice for the sanctity of life.” Hikers hoped to visit with people along the way about the sanctity of life.
OAK HARBOR — The Catholic Daughters of the Americas added a new Court, its 20th, based at Oak Harbor. The Court was officially established May 4 at St. Augustine Parish by state-level officers of the group, the first court to be started since 1999. It began with 40 charter members, 10 more than expected.
—The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle
LACEY, Wash. – Benedictine Abbot Neal Roth (left), who has served as spiritual leader of St. Martin Abbey and chancellor of Saint Martin’s College since his May 1993 election, was reelected to his position in an abbatial election by the monastery May 23.
Benedictine Abbot Timothy Kelly, president of the American Cassinese Congregation of the Order of St. Benedict and a monk at St. John Abbey, Collegeville, Minn., presided over the election. St. Martin Abbey, which has 41 members, belongs to the congregation.
Abbot Neal is the eighth abbot to serve St. Martin since the monastery officially became an abbey in 1914.
The son of the late Gregory and Anne Roth, he was born in Seattle and grew up in Tieton, near Yakima. He received his high school diploma from Marquette Preparatory High School in 1957, then earned his bachelor’s degree in English/education from St. Martin College in 1965. He went on to complete a master’s degree in English education at the University of Portland and a master of divinity degree from Mount Angel Seminary, Oregon. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1974.

Diocese of Yakima
COWICHE — Jesuit Bishop Carlos Sevilla blessed a building in Cowiche March 25 that once was a gym and is now St. Juan Diego Church. The new church will serve a growing number of Catholics in both Cowiche and Tieton. Cowiche is about 15 miles west of Yakima. The parish had formerly been called St. Peter the Apostle.
Thirty-one men and 33 women made separate Cursillo weekends at St. Peter Retreat Center during the winter. Bishop Sevilla was among the men making the Cursillo, a lay movement in the Catholic Church to bring adults into a closer relationship with Christ.
— Central Washington Catholic, Yakima

Diocese of Boise

COEUR D’ ALENE — More than 30 laypersons in Idaho are members of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites. The Coeur d’Alene Order first began meeting in 1999 with members coming from as far away as Thompson Falls, Bonners Ferry, and Spokane. The Order holds an annual retreat, conducted by Carmelite priests, to which all Catholics are invited. The group meets on the second Saturday of each month at the St. Thomas Center library. Persons who would like more information can call 208-765-2930.
— The Idaho Register, Boise

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND — Another of Benedictine Brother Claude Lane’s icons will begin a pilgrimage. The icon which depicts Mary as the inspiration for spreading the faith was displayed at St. Mary Cathedral in May. Then it travels through the archdiocese. Archbishop John Vlazny asked Brother Claude to reflect the focus on transforming the world and invited others to faith. The icon will be a central image in a convocation and liturgy in June 2004.
— The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

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