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 July 31, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Victim requests confidentiality regarding settlement

As part of settlement of a claim of sexual abuse, the Diocese of Spokane is honoring a confidentiality agreement requested by the plaintiff.

The plaintiff believes that divulging details of the settlement would only lead to further emotional and psychological harm, exacerbating damage already suffered by the plaintiff.

As part of its consistent effort to promote healing and reconciliation with victims of abuse, the Spokane Diocese has agreed to the plaintiff’s confidentiality request. To do otherwise would truly be an act of “re-victimizing the victim,” said Father Steve Dublinski, vicar general of the diocese.

News report clarified

A news story in the July 23, 2003 edition of the Spokesman-Review, Spokane’s daily newspaper, reported on the Spokane Diocese’s settlement of a sexual abuse claim. (See item above.)

As part of that report, the SR reprinted a list of priests who have been named as defendants in sexual abuse suits, identifying them as “men who have served as priests in Spokane.” Included in the list of Spokane Diocese priests was Dominic Doyle, a Jesuit, not a priest of the diocese.

The same paragraph referred to Ronald Lane Fontenot as “a former Spokane priest.” Fontenot, a priest from Louisiana, was never a priest of the Spokane Diocese.

An e-mail to the Spokesman from Father Steve Dublinski, vicar general of the Spokane Diocese, provided corrected information. A correction in the SR’s “Accuracy Watch” column in the July 23 edition failed to clarify the situation for readers.

Golf tournament

This team of golfers won the annual Serra Club of Spokane golf tournament for members of the clergy, diaconate and Serra this summer. From left, are Mike Yates; Father Richard Semple, former pastor in Oroville and Tonasket; and Al Stadtmueller. Father Ralph Schwemin, though not pictured, was the fourth member of the team. The men had the best overall average score among the eight foursomes in the tournament, held at Esmeralda Golf Course. A dinner at Mary Queen Parish followed the golf outing. (IR photo from Paul McNabb)

Franciscan Sisters celebrate jubilees

More than 200 Franciscan Sisters gathered at Our Lady of Angels Convent in Aston, Pa., last month to to celebrate and give thanks for the years of commitment of 34 women Religious celebrating 70, 50, and 25 years as members of the Sisters of St. Francis.

The 34 jubilarians currently minister in 11 dioceses in 10 different states, as well as in Ireland.

Sister Mary Jane Yassick, celebrating 50 years, is Hospitality Minister at St. Joseph Family Counseling Center in Spokane. She previously taught at St. Charles School in Spokane.

Three other jubilarians also ministered in the Spokane Diocese.

Sisters Gabriel McAvey and Marie Inez Gonzalez, golden jubilarians, both served at St. Charles School, Spokane. Sister Rosalia Cizewski, diamond jubilarian, served at St. Charles School, as well as Shriners Hospital, St. Joseph Day Care Center, St. Joseph Children’s Home, and Clare House.

New novice for Providence Sisters

Jessica Taylor, 31, will make first profession of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as a Sister of Providence in a liturgy at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, in the chapel at Mount St. Joseph, 9 E. Ninth Avenue, in Spokane.

The ceremony will be held during the Religious community’s Provincial Chapter, a gathering of Sisters and Providence Associates from Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana and El Salvador.

Jessica is the daughter of Glenn and JoAnn Taylor of Burien. She graduated from Highline High School in Burien in 1990, then received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and special education at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.

As a candidate to the Sisters of Providence, she served in ministry as a sign language teacher at La Salle High School in Yakima. As a novice, she has been a volunteer at the Women’s Drop In Center in Spokane, a ministry she will return to after her profession.

Jessica will become one of 185 women who are vowed members of the Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, California and El Salvador. The province also includes two candidates in El Salvador, one novice in Spokane, and two Sisters awaiting transfer into the province in Spokane.

Out to the ball game

St. Paschal School, Church and Educare, Spokane, recently had a night at the Spokane Indian ballpark together. There was great community support with this fun night. Picture is the school’s newly appointed princial, Rick Pelkie, enjoying the game with St. Paschal School fifth grader Tim Vierow. (IR photo from St. Paschal School, Spokane)

Tekoa parish celebrates centennial of church

Sacred Heart Parish in Tekoa celebrated the 100th anniversary of its church June 29. Making the centennial extra special were the six parish young people who received the Sacraments of Initiation during Mass.

Kayler Dub, Devon Flock, Nicole Zimmerman and Zachary Zimmerman, and Jade Bogenreif were confirmed and received First Eucharist. Andrew Good was confirmed.

Bishop William Skylstad was celebrant, assisted by former pastor Father John Birk. The two were each presented with a commemorative centennial plate.

Nearly all the parish attended the Mass, making for a full house. A history of the parish was presented, covering the years since the 75th anniversary party held in 1978.

The parish began in 1898, with a small church built by the first resident pastor, Father Amschwand. The church was moved to its present location in 1903.

A reception followed Mass.

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