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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

Around the Diocese

the Inland Register

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

Retired San Francisco archbishop to speak at GU next month

Archbishop John Quinn, retired archbishop of San Francisco, will speak on “Shaping a New Kind of Papal Government: A Permanent Synod” on Monday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m. in the COG on the Gonzaga University campus.

His lecture is sponsored by the Diocese of Spokane, Gonzaga University, and Catholic Charities’ Parish Social Ministry Office.

Archbishop Quinn was ordained for the Diocese of San Diego in 1953. He was named an auxiliary bishop of that diocese in 1967, and became bishop of Oklahoma City and Tulsa in 1971. When Oklahoma City became an archdiocese later that year, he was its first archbishop. He moved to San Francisco in 1977.

Archbishop Quinn is the author of The Reform of the Papacy: The Costly Call to Christian Unity. The book, published in four languages in addition to English, was his response to Pope John Paul II’s invitation to the bishops of the world in the pontiff’s encyclical That They May Be One, addressing issues of Christian unity.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Golfing for a good cause

Jack Louie, 
Abbot Adrian ParcherThe Knights of Columbus of St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane, held their annual golf tournament earlier this summer. The event raised some $11,000, which Knight Jack Louie, Jr., presented in the form of an oversized check to the parish’s pastor, Benedictine Abbot Adrian Parcher. (IR photo from Dean Loberg)

Poetry is king

Kenn Nesbitt at St. Aloysius SchoolChildren’s poet Kenn Nesbitt visited St. Aloysius School last spring as part of the second grade’s annual Authors Week. During the week different authors are invited to come and share with the students their love of writing. The students themselves share and display their own works. Pictured with Nesbitt (crowned, center) are students Lauryn Grossman (left) and Scott Rowland (right). (IR photo from St. Aloysius School)

St. Augustine Parish continues concert series

The fourth season of “Music at St. Augustine” concerts begins next month with a program performed by James Tevenan, the parish’s organist and music director, and Larry Jess, principal trumpet for the Spokane Symphony.

Their concert is set for Wednesday, Sept. 10, at St. Augustine Church, on the corner of 19th and Bernard in Spokane.

Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted.

Parish celebrates building centennial

On Sunday, Sept. 7, friends and parishioners of St. Joseph Parish, 1503 W. Dean in Spokane, will celebrate the church building’s centennial.

The event will include an 11 a.m. Mass in English and Spanish. Tours of the building will be available from 1-3 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

Records indicate construction began in 1903; the completed structure was blessed later that year.

New storage

Knights erect 
shedThe Knights of Columbus at Holy Family Parish, Clarkston, contributed their time and energy to erecting a new storage shed at Austin Manor, one of Catholic Charities’ senior housing facilities. Pictured: Jack Nichols and Jim Beirl examine the roof alignment, with the inside help of Roman Peine. (IR photo from Wes Clizer)

Optimists Club supports Transitions programs

The Optimist Club of Downtown Spokane recently presented a check for $8,375 to the Transitions programs – among them, the Women’s Drop-In Center, Miryam’s House, and the Transitional Living Center. The check was presented at a thank-you picnic for Transitions volunteers and supporters.

The Friends of Transitions have themselves raised some $12,000 this year to help support the programs, which assist women.

The Optimists’ check was the result of a fund-raiser golf tournament last spring at Qualchan Golf Course.

Reconstructed Educare

St. Mary School Educare reconstructionThe Educare at St. Mary School, Spokane Valley, got a facelift this summer thanks, in part, to the efforts of seventh grader Evan (left) and alumnus Bryden Tucker. The new look will include carpeting, fun painting on the walls, and result in more floor space and increased visibility for caretakers and teachers. (IR photo from St. Mary School, Spokane Valley)

Volunteers needed for SpokaneWorks

SpokaneWorks pairs individuals with people who are attempting to make the transition from welfare to work. The SpokaneWorks volunteers help mentor and empower those making the life-changing move. Volunteers are needed for a variety of options; among them: transportation, tutoring adults and/or children, telephone reassurance, and teaching life skills.

Volunteer training is ongoing. For information, call 325-7674, or e-mail

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