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 Aug. 19, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocese of Boise

JEROME – Holy Cow! St. Jerome Parish, Jerome, raised $80,000 for their church building fund recently with a dairy heifer auction and appreciation prime luncheon at the Jerome County Fairgrounds, June 24.
Boise’s Bishop Michael Driscoll will dedicate the new 800-seat St. Jerome church worship space Aug 29. On the Feast f St. Jerome, Sept. 30, the St. Jerome community will host an open house for the community.
Reed Crozier, Holy Cow! Chairman, said the idea for the event came up last fall during a gathering of members of Jerome Knights of Columbus Council 8780. The Knights thought they might ask a dairyman in the area to donate about an 800-pound heifer. They would take care of it, and then six or seven months later auction off the animal.
Before it was over, 29 heifers were donated, all of which were four to eight months pregnant at sale time.
Crozier said everyone at St. Jerome Parish was very pleased with the success of the project. The Knights are seriously considering doing a Holy Cow! project again next year.
BOISE – Bill and Mary Lou Molitor of Boise have a unique student boarder staying with them this summer – a Hispanic seminarian.
For the months of June, July and August, the couple are sharing their home and hospitality with Jorge Ramirez, a seminarian from Colombia who is studying to be a priest for the Diocese of Boise. Ramírez is one of several young men from Latin America who are living with English-speaking host families in Boise this summer.
“The primary purpose of placing seminarians in households is to give them an opportunity to improve their English skills and learn the American culture and way of living,” said Jairo Restrepo, diocesan vocations director. Although the men have been studying English for at least one year, the “immersion” experience of living in an English-speaking household will provide valuable practice in pronunciation, vocabulary development, and grammar.

– Idaho Catholic Register, Boise

Archdiocese of Seattle

LUMMI NATION – Beating a drum, Jack Cagey led brief processions before and after a special Mass held annually in honor of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the 17th century Northeast Indian woman who may one day be canonized.
Cagey, 70, is a member of the Lummi Tribal Community north of Bellingham. He was joined by members of his tribe, members of other Western Washington tribes, and people from non-Indian communities.
“We honor Blessed Kateri. She set a good example for Native Americans,” said Cagey.
More than 100 people attended the July 14 evening Mass – with more joining the activities following Mass that included tribal drum playing and dancing on the church lawn.

– Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

Archdiocese of Portland

HAPPY VALLEY – With eyes focused on the future of the Church, promoters of a youth retreat center kicked off a $4.5 million fund-raising campaign last month with a daylong concert called Musicfest 2004. Recording artists and other musicians from around the northwest took turns on the stage to help promote the Father Bernard Youth Center on the 12.7-acre site in Happy Valley, southeast of Portland.
Designs project a glassed-in chapel at the center of the complex with two wings extending from either side. Each wing would contain sleeping quarters, dining room, fireside room and meeting rooms. The center is designed to support as many as 60 youth and adult counselors.
Board member Jerry Bitz notes that the facility is located near six Catholic high schools and within an hour’s drive of 50-60 parishes. “We are painfully aware of the need for a retreat center like this. High school groups are renting” from various organizations, he said.
For more information call the Father Bernard Youth Center at (503) 661-1845.

– Catholic Sentinel (Portland)

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