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

IR media critic among presenters at Oct. 30 Catholic Conference

by Jami LeBrun, Inland Register staff

(From the Oct. 21, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Tom Caswell Father Tom Caswell (left), the pastor at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Cheney, will give a workshop at the Catholic Conference titled “Films for Believers, Prayers and Thinkers.” The workshop deals with how to build faith, reflect on moral issues and pray with selected film and television programs.

This year’s Catholic Conference is set for Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Ridpath Hotel in Spokane.

During the course of his workshop, Father Caswell plans to use scenes from classic and current movies to help educate participants on the nature of film and to describe how film can be used to provoke discussion and meditative prayer among viewers.

Father Caswell said that almost every movie has moral and spiritual dimensions that can be used for religious purposes, though some films are better than others. Father Caswell also plans to educate workshop attendants on how film can help viewers find positive aspects of the culture, faith and morality, among other things.

“The keynote speaker is talking about issues of communication and the media, so this is one segment that I can dig deeper into,” said Father Caswell. “She’s talking about it in a broad sense and I’m talking about a narrow aspect of it.”

Father Caswell is using a lectionary series called “Lights, Camera, Faith” as well as a series by Edward McNulty titled “Praying the Movies” to help prepare for the workshop.

Along with pastoring St. Rose of Lima in Cheney, Father Caswell is the Ecumenical Relations Officer for the Diocese of Spokane. His film reviews appear frequently in the Inland Register and the Cheney Free Press. Those reviews are available on the diocesan web site: Communications/media.htm.

Registration for the Catholic Conference is available online as well; visit the diocese’s web site,, click on What’s New, and then on “Catholic Conference October 30, 2004.” Information also is available by calling the Parish Services Office: 358-7311.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Proclaimers of Faith, Prophets to Culture.”

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