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

New St. Anne Children and Family Center blessed and dedicated

Story and photos by Jami LeBrun, Inland Register staff

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

Preschoolers concentrate on the task at hand: applying (safety) scissors to cutting the ribbon on the new facility. (IR photo)

St. Anne Children and Family Center celebrated the Oct. 4 grand opening of its brand new facility with a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11. About 150 members of the Spokane community attended the half-hour long ceremony which was followed by tours of the new facility and refreshments in the indoor play area.

Bishop William Skylstad welcomed the dedication attendants.

“This is really a proud day for Catholic Charities as we move from the long-standing tradition of the old St. Anne’s building to this new building,” said Bishop Skylstad. “This is a wonderful collaboration between Catholic Charities, Sacred Heart Medical Center and Gonzaga University to serve this important need in our community. This facility employs all the latest technology for safety, learning and childhood development. This is a new beginning for St. Anne’s.”

Donna Hanson Donna Hanson (pictured at left), Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities, introduced and thanked the many people who put countless hours of effort into making the new facility a reality.

“There is a Biblical statement that ‘Without a vision, the people perish,’” said Hanson after the ceremony. “The Catholic Charities Board and St. Anne Relocation Committee gave their hearts and hands in bringing the vision to reality. The new facility is the culmination of their six-year dream.

“Catholic Charities has operated St. Anne since 1943. Thanks to all of our donors, it is designed to be here for another 100 years. We are deeply grateful to all who so generously participated,” she said

Garco Construction Company principals Tim Welsh and Catherine Rider, and Architect Ann Martin put the final cornerstone of the new building into place in the entryway. A class of pre-school children from St. Anne cut the ribbon.

The collaboration between Catholic Charities, Sacred Heart Medical Center and Gonzaga University brought representatives from all three entities to the joyful occasion of the dedication.

“(This facility) is a gift for Gonzaga University students in the School of Education,” said Sue Weitz, Vice President for Student Life at Gonzaga University. “This is not only good for the children in Spokane, but also good for our students. Having all these Catholic agencies work collaboratively helps us strengthen our faith in the community.”

Karen Orlando, Coordinator of Special Events and Volunteers for Catholic Charities, points out some of the new building’s features to visiting guests. (IR photo)

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