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

Around the Diocese

the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 19, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Mitch Pacwa, Father Robert Spitzer SJ

TV visit

Cable’s Eternal Word Television Network recently welcomed Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer (right), President of Spokane’s Gonzaga University, as its guest on the program EWTN Live, hosted by Father Mitch Pacwa (left). They discussed Father Spitzer’s work at GU and his upcoming series, Suffering and the Love of God, scheduled for spring 2005 on EWTN. The series is based on Father Spitzer’s newest book, to be published within the year by Ignatius Press. (IR photo from EWTN)

Father Thomas Doyle CSC

Holy Cross priest returns to Northwest

Holy Cross Father Thomas Doyle, a native of Colville, has returned to the Pacific Northwest as Executive Assistant to the President of the University of Portland.

Father Doyle will work closely with the university’s president, the recently inaugurated Holy Cross Father William Beauchamp.

For the past year, Father Doyle has been working as a research associate at the Harvard Business School. He was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1998.

Clarkston school benefits from Weigand grant

Holy Family School, Clarkston, recently received a grant totally $168,240 from the E.L. Weigand Foundation of Reno, Nev. The grant will fund technology upgrades at the school, including an outreach plan and computer labs.

“Holy Family School members will be learning at a rapid rate in many forms of technology, while being based in 83 years of value-based, strong Catholic tradition,” said a press release from the school. “We appreciate the E.L. Weigand Foundation Board of Trustees’ confidence in Holy Family School.”

The Foundation supports programs and projects of organizations in the fields of education, health and medical research, civic and community affairs, arts and cultural affairs, and public affairs.

Providence Sisters offer ‘twilight retreats’

The Sisters of Providence will host the first in a series of nine monthly twilight retreats for women in Spokane next month.

The evening session is planned for Sunday, Sept. 26, at Mount St. Joseph in Spokane. The evening includes dinner.

The theme of the event is “Twilight Retreat: Journey to Your Life-Choice.” It begins at 4 p.m. and concludes at 9 p.m.

For information, call (509) 474-2323, (509) 965-0913, or e-mail Sister Clare Lentz:

Engaged Encounter weekends planned through 2005

Engaged Encounter weekends have been scheduled through October 2005 at St. Gertrude Monastery in Cottonwood, Idaho.

Weekends are set for Jan. 7-9, March 11-13, and October 7-9, 2005. For information or reservations, contact Steve and Donna Brearly, P.O. Box 283, Deary, ID 83823; (208) 877-1139.

GU offers professional writing workshop next month

Gonzaga University’s Continuing Education program is offering a Professional Writing Skills Workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 14 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.), and continuing Wednesday, Sept. 15 (9 a.m.-noon). Teaching the workshop will be GU nursing professor Susan Norwood, associate dean in the School of Professional Studies.

Cost is $199; registration ends Sept. 1. For information and registration, check the web site,, or call (509) 323-3575 or (800) 986-9585.

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