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


‘Here I Am, Lord,’ campaign garners wide support from parishioners

by Daniel Inman, for the Inland Register

(From the March 18, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Joe Neville, regional campaign director, and Father Jack Krier, pastor of St. Anne Parish in Medical Lake, listen as Bishop Skylstad addresses a parish reception last month at St. Anne. (IR photo from the Campaign for the Education of Seminarians)

The "Here I am, Lord, Send Me" campaign is making great progress in reaching its goal of raising $10 million to support the education of seminarians.

The $10 million goal breaks down this way:
• $4.5 million to add to the endowment for the education of seminarians.
• $1 million for operational expenses for the seminary.
• $3 million for the construction of a new Bishop White Seminary.
• $1.5 million for the 2004 Annual Catholic Appeal.

As of Wednesday, March 10, the campaign office has received pledges and gifts totaling $4,122,084 from 1,574 gifts. This represents 41 percent of the overall goal of $10 million, from less than 6 percent of diocesan families.

Block I of the campaign, which was held September through December of 2003, included 10 parishes in the southern region of the diocese. The total goal for Block I parishes was to raise $992,000. At press time the parishes raised $1,092,256 – 110 percent of their goal.

Currently the campaign is now in the Spokane parishes with goals totaling $6,386,651 from 29 parishes. As of March 10, the campaign office has received gifts and pledges totaling $1,901,268 for Block II parishes, from 462 pledges.

Commitment weekend will be March 20-21 in the Block II parishes.

Please pray for the continued success of the campaign.

(Inman is Executive Director of the “Here I Am, Lord,” campaign.)


Block I Parish Update
Sorted by percentage of goal
As of March 10

Parish • Goal • Pledge Total • Percentage of Goal • Percentage of Participation
St. Joseph, Dayton
• $20,497 • $58,660 • 286% • 45%
St. Gall, Colton • $50,000 • $84,871 • 170% • 69%
St. Patrick, Colfax • $106,135 • $169,347 • 160% • 56%
Holy Rosary, Pomeroy • $66,214 • $96,015 • 145% • 50%
St. Joseph, LaCrosse • $16,913 • $24,241 • 143% • 45%
St. Boniface, Uniontown • $50,000 • $57,641 • 115% • 61%
St. Francis,Walla Walla • $135,564 • $145,061 • 107% • 40%
St. Mark, Waitsburg • $31,615 • $27,855 • 88% • 51%
Sacred Heart, Pullman • $219,125 • $183,295 • 84% • 23%
Assumption, Walla Walla • $296,718 • $245,240 • 83% • 33%
Totals: $992,780 • $1,092,256 • 110% • 39%


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