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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Two awarded Bishop's Medal

the Inland Register

(From the May 20, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

John Traynor, Bishop Skylstad

Above: Bishop Skylstad congratulates Dr. John Traynor and (below) Cathy Nemmert. The two were honored with the Bishop’s Medal for service to the diocese through Catholic Charities. (IR photos from Catholic Charities)

Cathy Nemmert, Bishop Skylstad

The 24th annual Bishop’s Dinner, to benefit the programs of Catholic Charities, was held on May 7, 2004, at The Spokane Club. Guests enjoyed a champagne reception, six course gourmet dinner and “Chair-ity” Silent Auction.

The Bishop’s Medal is awarded annually in recognition of an individual, volunteer, or donor for significant contributions of time, talent or treasure in the Diocese of Spokane on behalf of Catholic Charities.

This year’s recipients are Dr. John Traynor and Catherine Nemmert.

Traynor, the former president of Gonzaga Prep, has created service learning opportunities wherever he has gone. First as a teacher, then as a principal, and finally as President, his entire career has been seeking to engage the next generation in being “men and women for others.”

Currently he serves as a Board member of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association.

Whether it was the food drive, adopting families for the holidays or being there when a job needed to be done, Traynor has been glad to oblige.

Traynor, who said that he is “incredibly grateful” to receive the medal, said that he believes in Catholic Charities because of “the first question that’s always on their mind: How can we help this person (or group, or parish) live their life the way God meant it to be?”

The second individual recognized this year, Catherine Nemmert, has also been a partner in creating service learning opportunities.

She has been active in the Social Concerns committees of both St. Peter and Sacred Heart parishes. She has served as the Parent Coordinator for Cataldo Catholic Schools’ Community Service Project. She also spent a decade serving on the Boards of Holy Family Adult Day Center and Aging and Long Term Care for Eastern Washington.

Chairing the Catholic Charities Board at a crucial time, she provided the leadership in moving the organization ever closer to the parish and the empowerment of people to bring about social change in their hearts, families, communities and world. Her untiring enthusiasm and commitment to service of God’s people both locally and globally is deeply appreciated.

Nemmert said that she feels receiving the Medal is a “tremendous honor” and that she feels the best way to characterize Catholic Charities is as “a family caring for one another.”


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