Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Regional Report

the Inland Register

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

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE – An international delegation of Anglicans and Roman Catholics convened May 16 to release a joint statement of understanding on the place of Mary in the doctrine and life of the Church.

The document, titled “Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ,” represents the first major agreed statement by a formal international dialogue between two Christian world communions on this important aspect of Christian faith.

The statement draws together the fruits of five years of work by the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), a dialogue officially sponsored by the Anglican Consultative Council and by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. As the work of ARCIC, the text is not an authoritative declaration by the Roman Catholic Church or the Anglican Communion. With its publication, the statement will be offered for study and evaluation by the churches.

The release was hosted by Seattle Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett, Catholic co-chair of ARCIC, joined by his Anglican co-chair, Archbishop Peter Carnley, Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia.

— Archdiocese of Seattle Communications Office

TACOMA – The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia are hosting a Women’s Vocation Discernment Day on May 22 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The day is open to women age 18-35.

Beverages will be provided, but participants should bring a sack lunch.

For more information, contact Sister Christine at, or call 253-475-6167.

— Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

Diocese of Helena

POWER – It’s said that when we sing, we pray twice.

Loretta Toeckes O’Day’s prayers are almost uncountable, then. O’Day has been providing organ music for Guardian Angel church for some 78 years.

She started playing the pump organ in the church loft in 1927. The reason: she had taken a few piano lessons, and the former organist had moved. She’d never actually played an organ before, let alone a pump organ.

Her ministry continued through the years – no, the decades – except for a brief period when she attended Commercial College in Great Falls, studying to become a bookkeeper.

And while she has been constant as an organist, the same can’t be said of the instruments. She’s now on her fourth organ at Guardian Angel.

— Montana Catholic (Helena)

Diocese of Boise

COEUR D’ALENE – Deacon Gary McSwain, director of religious education at St. Pius X Parish, Coeur d’Alene, has been appointed Director of Deacons for the Diocese of Boise.

Deacon McSwain was ordained 13 years ago in the Diocese of Sacramento, Calif. He has served in Coeur d’Alene for the last 9 years.

— Idaho Catholic Register (Boise)

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