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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Around the Diocese

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(From the May 19, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

GU names new vice president of mission

Father Pat Lee SJ Jesuit Father Pat Lee, a member of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, has been named the new vice president of mission for Gonzaga University. He begins work this month.

Father Lee replaces Jesuit Father William Watson, who stepped down from the post last October to take a new position at the headquarters for the Oregon Province for the Society of Jesus in Portland as assistant to the Provincial for the Colombia-Oregon Mission.

Father Lee holds degrees in psychology, philosophy and guidance and counseling from GU, as well as a master of divinity degree from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology and a doctorate private school administration from the University of San Francisco.

Father Lee will be working with the other university vice presidents “to create effective mechanisms to ensure the Jesuit, Catholic and humanistic nature of the university – informed by its unique mission – is underscored and made manifest,” according to a university press release.

He also joins the school’s religious studies department as a member of its faculty.

New deacons

Peter Amah and Mike Ishida were ordained deacons for the Spokane Diocese on April 16 at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Both men are completing their third year of priestly formation at The Catholic University of America in Washington. Deacon Ishida will spend the summer ministering in St. Patrick Parish, Spokane; Deacon Amah, at St. Charles, Spokane. Ordaining the men was Bishop Kevin Farrell, auxiliary bishop of Washington D.C. Representing the Spokane Diocese at the ordination were Father Darrin Connall, rector of Bishop White Seminary and Vocations Director for the diocese, and Father Eugene Tracy, pastor of St. Charles Parish, Spokane. (IR photo from Bishop White Seminary)

St. Joseph Family Center celebrates 115 years

The Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia have been a vital resource to Spokane for the past 115 years. On Saturday, May 21, from 1-4 p.m., St. Joseph Family Center will host a free ice cream social to thank all who have contributed or had a connection to the organization. The social will be held at St. Joseph, 1016 N. Superior St. in Spokane; it is free and open to the public.

Besides ice cream, there will be games and activities for children, live music, displays relating the history of St. Joseph, and tours.

St. Joseph Family Center is currently a non-profit, non-resident counseling, spirituality and wellness facility sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. The center offers individual, couple, group, child and family therapy, as well as support groups and healing arts programs.

The Center’s mission is to foster the development of the whole person, to promote growth within the family, and to help create a healthy community.

Mass for grandparents

Cataldo students celebrate their grandparents at the annual Grandparent Mass. Father Bob McNeese, pastor of St. Augustine Parish, poses with Cataldo pre-school three-year-olds before processing in to the annual Mass. Cataldo is an interparochial school, supported by the parishes of St. Augustine, Sacred Heart, and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. (IR photo from Cataldo School, Spokane)

Doula program seeks ‘mother mentors’

The Childbirth and Parenting Alone (CAPA) Program of Catholic Charities is currently looking for volunteers who would like to participate as mentors to young, single, pregnant women for the Doula Project (“Doula Project offers experience, support to young, single mothers,” IR 4/7/05). A doula supports and encourages a single parent through the prenatal, birthing, and early parenting experiences.

Doulas make a one-year commitment to spending two hours a week with their young mother. Volunteers must be a parent, have a high school education or GED, and be at least 26 years old.

Applications for Doulas are now being accepted; training will begin this fall. For more information call the CAPA Doula Project: 325-7667.

Appeal contribution

Spokane’s St. Augustine Parish held a children’s coin collection recently in support of the Annual Catholic Appeal. The collection brought in $185.40. Presenting the results of the collection to Bishop Skylstad are, from left, Ryan Andrade and Olivia Fouts. (IR photo from St. Augustine Parish)

Seminary to benefit from KC golf outing

Colville’s Knights of Columbus Council 12273 is hosting a fund-raising par 3 golf tournament on Saturday, July 9, at Colville’s Dominion Meadows.

Entries must be paid by June 29; the tournament is limited to the first 144 paid entrants.

A spaghetti dinner at Immaculate Conception Parish will follow.

Cost of the event is $100 per person, which includes green fees, dinner, the prize fund, and a $60 donation to Bishop White Seminary. Addition dinner-only guests are $7 each.

Mail registration to: E. Broadhurst, P.O. Box 723, Kettle Falls, WA 99141. Make checks payable to Knights of Columbus.


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