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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

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

Mardi Gras at All Saints School

Mardi Gras at All Saints School

Beads, beads and more beads were part of the Mardi Gras celebration at All Saints Catholic School on Tuesday, Feb. 25th. Students enjoyed their last “Hurrah” before Lent started by playing games, feasting and having their faces painted. Pictured: Kindergarteners Genevieve Kirsch, Emma Sweatt and Callan Martin take a break from the fun to show off their newly acquired decorations. (IR photo from All Saints School)

Seminarians installed to ministries

Mike Ishida, Father Darrin Connall, and Peter Amah in the Theological College Chapel at The Catholic University of America. (IR photo from the Vocation Office)

Seminarians studying in D.C. installed to ministries

Two seminarians studying for the Diocese of Spokane were installed as Readers in a Mass celebrated last month by Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. The celebration took place in the Theological College Chapel at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Peter Amah was also installed in the ministry of Acolyte during the same ceremony.

Mike Ishida is completing his second year of theological studies and Peter Amah is completing his third year of study.

Both seminarians will return to the diocese this summer for a pastoral assignment.

Also attending the celebration from the Diocese of Spokane were Father Darrin Connall, Director of Seminarians, Vocations Director and rector of Bishop White Seminary, and Father Robert McNeese, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Colville.

GU’s Flannery Lecture: ‘Our Sister Mary: A Feminist/Theological Reading’

Gonzaga University will host its 28th annual Flannery Lecture on Thursday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Globe Room of Cataldo Hall.

This lecture is titled “Our Sister Mary: A Feminist/Theological Reading.” Giving the lecture is Sister Elizabeth Johnson of the Congregation of St. Joseph. Sister Elizabeth is Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University and past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

Besides Fordham, she has taught at The Catholic University of America and St. Joseph College, Brooklyn.

Sister Elizabeth’s most recent book is titled She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse.

The Flannery Lecture is delivered each year by an outstanding theologian, for the purpose of furthering theological conversation at Gonzaga University.

The event is sponsored by the university’s Religious Studies Department, and is free and open to the public.

Regional honors awarded to Gonzaga Prep’s ‘Destination Imagination’ teams

Gonzaga Prep’s two Destination Imagination teams were awarded high honors during regional competition recently.

Under the direction of coach Mike Carroll, the “Plot and the Pendulum Challenge” team won First Place and the DaVinci Award for outstanding creativity, as well as the Renaissance Award for outstanding skills in engineering, design and performance. They will move on to compete at the State Competitions in April.

The “Plot and the Pendulum Challenge” Team Members include sophomores Ann Freeman, Elaine Johnson, and Sarah Mimms; junior Jake Longworth; and senior Hillary Zampich-Gibbs.

The “Destinations in Time Challenge” Team persisted in solving a technically complex problem and won Second Place as well as another DaVinci Award.

Team members include freshmen Chris Clark, Braden Fetz, Dom Metcalf, and Brendan Sowers, and sophomore Pat Michaud.

Spirit of St. Patrick 2004

‘Spirit of St. Patrick’

Pat and Maureen Kirby enjoy a night out at the recent Spirit of St. Patrick Party, held at Mukogawa Commons. This year’s $12,000 raised by the annual event benefits St. Margaret Shelter, a ministry to homeless women and their children. The shelter is sponsored by Catholic Charities. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)

First Communion at St. Paschal Parish, Spokane Valley

First Communion

Third graders at St. Paschal School, Spokane Valley, celebrated Confirmation/First Eucharist with Bishop Skylstad recently. From left: Kendall Heintzelman, Christopher Trudeau and Kylie Heintzelman. (IR photo from St. Paschal School)

St. Gregorios offers inquiry classes

St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Syrian Parish will host a series of inquiry classes on Thursday nights, beginning April 15, at 7 p.m.

The church is located at 2803 N. Lincoln in Spokane.

The classes are designed to provide basic information about the church, as well as serve as adult education.

Topics to be covered include the creed, sacraments, formulation of the New Testament Scriptures, and early Church history.

The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church is the Syrian Church of India, where the faith was established by St. Thomas the Apostle in the first century. By agreement with the Holy See in Rome, the Patriarch in Antioch, and the Catholicos of the East in India, Roman Catholics and Syrian Orthodox may receive the sacraments of Holy Communion, Penance, and Anointing of the Sick in each other’s churches.

For more information, call 325-6432.


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