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

Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the June 10, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE – Archbishop Alex J. Brunett used his “From the Archbishop” column in the May 13 edition of The Catholic Northwest Progress to discuss creation of “an institute dedicated to protecting children from sexual abuse and exploring new methods for treating victims.”

“My hope is that a Child Sexual Abuse Institute will build on what U.S. bishops have already accomplished,” he wrote. “This institute will assist professional organizations representing ministers, teachers, counselors, coaches, families and youth groups to protect children from abuse before it happens. It will also underwrite research into better methods for healing the wounds of those who have experienced abuse.

“My hope,” he wrote, “is that the rest of our community will join with us in support of this initiative and trust in the promise that ‘for God all things are possible’ (Mt 19:26.”

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Seattle)

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

GREAT FALLS – It was 100 years ago that Pope Pius X created the Diocese of Great Falls, Mont. The Catholic community of Eastern Montana will gather to celebrate the anniversary with a series of events scheduled for June.

Guests for the weekend’s celebrations include Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles; Archbishop John Vlazny of Portland, Ore.; Archbishop Timothy Dolan of Milwaukee, Wis.; author Kathleen Chesto; and Father Bob Stoeckig, chancellor and vicar general of the Diocese of Las Vegas, Nev.

The diocese became Great Falls-Billings in 1980.

A prayer service Friday evening, June 11, begins the festivities, which conclude Sunday afternoon, June 13, with a 2 p.m. Mass at the Four Seasons Arena.

Initially, the Diocese of Helena encompassed all of Montana. The new diocese was created May 18, 1904; the first bishop of Great Falls, Bishop Mathias C. Lenihan, was installed Nov. 5, 1904.

Diocese of Helena

HELENA – The Diocese of Helena’s Native American Outreach Ministry hosted a “Loving Forgiveness” healing service in April at Our Lady of the Valley Parish.

The altar was adorned with American Indian symbols and included aspects of inculturation such as unique music, a smudging ceremony, and a presentation on “the four directions prayer,” explained by Tom Stiff Arm of Great Falls, a long-time member of the Kateri Northwest Ministry Institute.

— The Montana Catholic (Helena)

Archdiocese of Portland

MOUNT ANGEL – The Benedictine Sisters of Queen of Angels Monastery will offer a week-long opportunity to experience life in their community in July.

“Experience Monastic Life” will be held July 3-10 at the monastery, located in downtown Mount Angel, about 45 miles southeast of Portland. The week is open to single Catholic women age 18-50 who are interested in the call to Religious life. Participants will join in community prayer and experience other aspects of community life.

The Mount Angel Benedictine Sisters sponsors Shalom Prayer Center and St. Joseph Shelter, and co-sponsors the Womens’ Intercommunity AIDS Resource.

For information, call or write: Sister Marietta Schindler OSB, 840 S. Main St., Mount Angel, OR 97362; (503) 845-6141; email

Diocese of Boise

MERIDIAN – Father John Cusick of the Archdiocese of Chicago talked about Catholic hospitality during a session at Holy Apostles Church last month.

Hospitality, he said, embodies the ways of Jesus – direct, personal, inviting, and always making people feel welcome and accepted. In short, “It’s everything,” he said.

One step in the right direction: “Do Sunday well,” he said. “(A)nd that includes preaching, gracious hospitality, and music.”

– Idaho Catholic Register (Boise)

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