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 April 7, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Sharing faith

Cataldo sixth grader Farin Nikdel (right) recently did a presentation for her class on her Muslim religion. She dressed classmate Victoria Heutmaker in her traditional prayer garment called the Hajba. Farin is holding a copy of the Quran and a framed saying in Arabic. Farin and her fourth-grade sister Bianna have lived in the United States all their lives. (IR photo from Cataldo School)

Evangelist/author to facilitate events at Otis Orchards parish

Jim Murphy, author and evangelist, will facilitate two evenings of teaching and worship with the theme “Come – Worship: Now is the time to give your heart” at St. Joseph Parish, 4521 N. Arden Rd. in Otis Orchards. The evenings are sponsored by the Inland Empire Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Murphy’s presentations will take place Monday and Tuesday, April 18 and 19, from 7-9 p.m.

Murphy is the author of 17 Steps Toward Better Communication With Your Teen. He is known for his 18-month trek across the United States, on foot, carrying a six-foot wooden cross.

Refreshments and babysitting will be available. A free will offering will be accepted to help defray expenses.

Informational flyers and brochures are available at Kaufer’s Religious Supplies and at many area parishes. Call (509) 448-9736, 255-9619 or (208) 773-5131 (Idaho) for more information.

Donations needed for benefit garage sale

The All Saints School cheerleaders and athletic committee are asking for donations for their upcoming garage sale, set for Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Peter Church, off Freya between 18th and 19th.

Donations of furniture, knick-knacks, books, toys, and other items (but no clothing donations, please) are especially needed.

Donations can be left at either school office – 3510 E. 18th Ave., or 1428 E. 33rd Ave. in Spokane, or may be dropped off the day of the sale, from 8-10 a.m.

For more information, call 456-4688.

Good Friday prayer

Students from Guardian Angel-St. Boniface School participate in a Walk of the Stations on Good Friday. The interparochial school draws students from St. Gall Parish, Colton, and St. Boniface Parish, Uniontown. (IR photo from Guardian Angel-St. Boniface School)

New acolytes

Four seminarians studying for the Diocese of Spokane were installed as acolytes at the North American College in Rome on March 15 by Bishop Brian Farrell LC, the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. All four Spokane seminarians are finishing their second year of theology studies; all four will return to Spokane this summer for a pastoral assignment. Kenny St. Hilaire, Lucas Tomson and Jimmy Peak will be assigned to a local parish; Matthew Nicks will be taking part in the Supervised Hospital Ministry for seminarians at Sacred Heart Medical Center. Pictured, from left: Matthew Nicks, Kenny St. Hilaire, Lucas Tomson, and Jimmy Peak. (IR photo from Bishop White Seminary)

Providence Sister celebrates 100th birthday

Sister Jane Dufault, a native of Gaspe, Quebec, and a Sister of Providence for 82 years, celebrated her 100th birthday in Spokane recently, surrounded by well-wishers.

Asked how she has managed to live so long, she responded with a smile and a finger pointed skyward. “He’s the boss,” she said.

Sister Jane was born Aurora Dufault in 1905. She and her older sister, Marie Amadee, were raised by their grandmother and both entered the Sisters of Providence in their late teens. Sister Marie Amadee died in 1991 at the age of 91.

Sister Jane entered the novitiate at the Providence Motherhouse in Montreal in 1923 and made first profession in 1924. She was assigned to the former St. Ignatius Province in the West the following year and served in ministry in Missoula, Great Falls and St. Ignatius, Mont. Her duties were varied, including nursing and kitchen work, and Sister Jane considered herself “a jack of all trades.”

She retired to Mount St. Joseph in Spokane in 1976.

Benefit party

Catholic Charities’ Spirit of St. Patrick party last month raised over $20,000 for the homeless women and children of St. Margaret Shelter. After dinner, music, and Irish dancing, a former St. Margaret resident told the story of how she came to the shelter, what she learned there, and how she is moving forward with her life. The highlight of the evening was the live auctioning of a Gonzaga basketball signed by the current men’s team members. Pictured are event chairwomen Donna Merkeley, Maggie Randall, and Janie Slater. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)


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