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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


‘Fundamentals of the Faith’ returns for adult education in October

by Bonita Lawhead, Inland Register staff

(From the Aug. 21, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Fundamentals of the Faith, an adult education program for Spokane city parishes, will start its fourth year come October. The first session is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 8, at St. Aloysius Church, 330 E. Boone, Spokane, and will continue for four weeks.

The program is held weekly during the fall, and is based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This year’s theme: “Church.”

Parish pastors, lay leaders, teachers and others are asked to give presentations on a particular aspect of the theme. This year’s line-up includes Father Charles Skok from Spokane’s St. John Vianney Parish; Dr. Terri McKenzie; Jesuit Father Michael Moynahan; and Father Mike Savelsky, pastor at Assumption Parish, Spokane.

Father Skok is retired but continues to serve at St. John Vianney. He has been a pastor, teacher and also served as chancellor for the diocese. He often gives workshops and seminars for conferences and other events. He will speak on “The Mystery of the Church.”

McKenzie is the vice-president for Student and Instructional Services at Spokane Community College. Prior to SCC she was at Gonzaga University seven years, directing several leadership programs for lay ministry. She has had 25 years’ experience in pastoral work, including religious education. Her topic is “The Church – People of God.”

Father Moynahan teaches theology at Gonzaga University and is the rector of Jesuit House in Spokane. He was president of Gonzaga University in Florence, Italy, and returned to Spokane last January. He will talk about “The Marks of the Church.”

Father Savelesky is the pastor at Assumption Parish and a frequent guest lecturer. He is a former rector of Bishop White Seminary, a former editor of and current columnist for the Inland Register, and taught at Gonzaga University for several years. Title of his presentation is “Hierarchy, Laity and Consecrated: Listening to the Same Drummer.”

Each session begins with a prayer service, followed by the presentation. This is customarily followed by a question and answer period and small group discussions.

Betty Newstrom, director of the diocese’s Parish Services Office and Bishop’s Secretary for Evangelization, credited Msgr. James Ribble, rector at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, for the idea that sparked Fundamentals of the Faith. “We had a discussion about adult education,” she said, “and how we might draw a larger group.”

The concept proved popular. Response to the program has “been great,” said Newstrom. About 250 people register; about 175 attend each week. Newstrom coordinates the program with the help of a planning committee that decides the topics and speakers.

The program is open to all interested adults. Cost is $20 per person, $30 per married couple. For more information or to register, call the Parish Services Office, (509) 358-7311.


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