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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

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(From the July 7, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

IR columnist’s novel receives award

Mary Cronk Farrell, whose “Everyday Grace” column on family spirituality is carried in the Inland Register, was honored recently by the Western Writers of America with a Spur Award for juvenile fiction.

Farrell’s book, Fire in the Hole!, was published last year by Clarion Books. The book details events taking place in Idaho mining districts in 1899.

Her next book is scheduled for publication later this year by St. Anthony Messenger Press.

Meeting the pope

Spokane seminarians Kenny St. Hilaire (center) and Jimmy Peak (right) recently had the opportunity to greet Pope Benedict XVI at an audience in St. Peter’s Square. St. Hilaire and Peak have completed their second year of theological studies at the North American College in Rome. Both men are currently working in local parish assignments for the summer. (IR photo from Bishop White Seminary)

New co-director named for Kateri Northwest

Cecelia Sheoships has been named co-director of the Kateri Northwest Ministry Institute, headquartered in Spokane. She replaces Jesuit Father Tom Colgan. Jesuit Father Richard Mercy remains co-director of the program.

Father Colgan co-founded the program with Father Mercy in 1988. Father Colgan begins studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley this fall, but remains involved in curriculum development and fund-raising for Kateri.

Kateri Northwest Ministry Institute is a lay ministry program for Native Americans. The program takes place once a month from September through May, with as many as 50 urban and rural Native Catholics gathering in central locations to spend two full days in intensive study. Course work includes Scripture, liturgical music, homiletics, prayer, and proclamation of the Word, all of which prepare people to lead Communion Services in the absence of a priest.

The program’s curriculum also includes a wide-range of counseling courses that provide individual and family healing as well as training to provide counseling in their local community.

Kateri is currently offering the program in LaConnor, Wash., and Billings and Great Falls, Mont. At the end of three years, the participants who fulfill course and attendance requirements receive a certificate of completion from Gonzaga University.

Sheoships is a member of the Cayuse-Umatilla tribe in Pendleton, Ore., and is a 1997 graduate of the Kateri Program. While attending the program in Spokane, she commuted from Keizer, Ore., where she worked as the Pastoral Associate at St. Edward Parish. She has studied iconography with Charles Rohrbacher at Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon and with Jesuit Egon Sendler in Meudon, France.

In 2003, she received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts and religious studies from GU. She taught part-time with Kateri for the two years prior to being appointed co-director.

As co-director she will be involved in curriculum development, teaching and fundraising. This fall she will offer counseling, scripture, social analysis, and Catholic social teaching courses.

Junior Achievement honors All Saints teacher

All Saints seventh grade teacher Mike Coyle has been awarded Junior Achievement of Spokane’s Middle Building Teacher of the Year, honoring his commitment to the program and his dedication to his students.

Junior Achievement programs help students learn hands on tools for investing in the stock market, balancing their personal financial and other economic related tasks.

His Project Business Partner, Margaret Jones, presented the award at the school year-end assembly last month.

“After 15 years of doing Junior Achievement in schools, I have a special appreciation for Mike’s talents and accomplishment,” said Jones. “The job he does educating and leading students, his dedication to them, and his open and warm acceptance of representatives from Junior achievement are a step above the already positive norm.”

The Junior Achievement award is given out to one middle school teacher per year in the city of Spokane.

Riding for seminarians

Greg Takisaki (right), a member of the Knights of Columbus Council based at St. John Vianney Parish, Spokane, recently completed a 100-mile bike ride. He solicited pledges for the ride, and by the time he dismounted, he had raised $1,740 for construction of the new Bishop White Seminary. Takisaki’s route took him through the towns of Davenport, Harrington, Sprague, through Steptoe, and back to Spokane. Presenting the check to Father Darrin Connall, Bishop White’s rector, are Takisaki and, at left, Richard Weber, the KC Council’s Grand Knight. (IR photo)

St. John Vianney Parish offers two-day rummage sale

St. John Vianney Parish’s school gym will be the site of a two-day rummage sale Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. both days.

Admission is free; lunch will be available; prices will be low.

For information, call 926-6415 or 926-8216.

‘Dancing through the Decades’

All Saints students Morgan Berriochoa and Mary Condon, along with other seventh grade classmates, performed “Dancing through the Decades” at the end-of-the-year talent show. Students performed dances from different eras, with highlights including a salute to swing, disco and an appearance by Elvis. (IR photo from All Saints School, Spokane)


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