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 April 28, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocese of Boise

COTTONWOOD – Sister Clarissa Goeckner was elected as the 13th prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, Cottonwood, April 6, 2005. The Rite of Installation is set for June 11, 2005.

Sister Clarissa Goeckner OSB Upon her election, Sister Clarissa said she was “stunned and overwhelmed,” but also that she is “challenged and empowered, loved and supported by each member of this community.”

She was born May 22, 1939, in Keuterville, Idaho, to Andrew and Ann Enneking Goeckner. She was raised in Keuterville and attended St. Joseph School, Cottonwood; Keuterville Public School; and St. Gertrude Academy before entering the monastery in 1957. She made her final profession in 1961.

She holds masters’ degrees in school administration, religious education, and life transitions counseling.

She has served as a teacher and campus minister, and in 1989 she was appointed sub-prioress at the monastery. While serving in that capacity she taught outreach classes and served as adjunct faculty member for Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston.

In 1993 she became the Coordinator of Children’s and Family Catechesis for the Diocese of Boise. She held that position until 2004, when she was appointed by Bishop Michael Driscoll to serve as the Director of the office of Catholic Education Ministries for the Diocese.

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – An editorial in the April 8 edition of the Catholic Sentinel, Oregon’s Catholic newspaper, observed that “it seems to us that the time of the pope’s death directs us to another striking hallmark of his leadership. It is particularly fitting that our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, should enter the eternal kingdom during the Octave of Easter. He was our ‘Easter Pope’ from the very beginning. In his first homily, he spoke the words of the Risen Christ: ‘Be not afraid!’ And then he showed us the meaning of those words in a rare and distinctive way.”

Diocese of Baker

SISTERS – Different parishes marked the death of Pope John Paul II in different ways. One unique fashion: St. Edward the Martyr Parish, Sisters, invited everyone to a memorial hike in the Metolius River watershed on April 10, in honor of the late pontiff, who was well known as an avid outdoorsman and hiker.

— Catholic Sentinel (Portland)

PORTLAND — More than 50 U.S. parishes received a total of more than $120,000 to enhance their music, liturgy and worship experience in the latest round of grants from the OCP Parish Grants program, begun five years ago by Oregon Catholic Press.

Portland Archbishop John G. Vlazny, president of the publishing company’s board of directors, said the grants program extends the company’s commitment to service and charity outside Oregon.

“For years, OCP has served the needs of parish communities through its music and liturgy publications, providing no-fee clinicians and other assistance,” the archbishop said. “The parish grants are another way for the company to show it considers parishes as true partners, not merely customers.”

All U.S. Catholic parishes are eligible to apply for grants up to $5,000, whether or not they subscribe to the company’s worship programs. The deadline for the next round of grants is June 30.

“We’re very pleased with the response and the positive impact our grant program has on parishes around the country,” said John Limb, publisher. “Even though we’re a not-for-profit, we’re a successful company due to the support we’ve received from churches. We love giving back to the communities that have helped us spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

– Catholic News Service

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