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 July 7, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE – The Sisters of Providence are inviting women age 18 and older to a summer vocation discernment weekend Friday-Sunday, Aug. 19-21, at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. The weekend’s theme is “Living the Vowed Life as Consecrated Religious.”

The residence is located at 4800 37th Ave. SW in Seattle.

The retreat begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday with registration and Evening Prayer, and ends with lunch at noon on Sunday.

There is no charge; the event includes meals and lodging.

For information, contact one of the Vocation Offices of the Sisters of Providence: Spokane – (509) 474-2323, or Seattle – (206) 923-4028.

Diocese of Baker

BEND – Bishop Robert Vasa walked away from a late-night rollover of his SUV. The SUV, on the other hand, was destroyed.

The night of June 11, Bishop Vasa swerved to avoid a deer, lost control, swerved again to avoid an oncoming vehicle, and his white Tahoe flew off the highway, careened down a steep, brush-covered and rock-studded embankment, hit a boulder, flipped over on its roof, and finally came to rest, upside-down, in a shallow creek running parallel to the highway.

“Then,” said the bishop, “the ride was over.”

He suffered a little soreness after being suspended upside-down by his seat harness, but otherwise has experienced no ill effects – in his words, “Praise God.”

— Catholic Sentinel (Portland)

Archdiocese of Portland

MOUNT ANGEL – The Benedictine Sisters of Queen of Angels Monastery are hosting a week-long opportunity to explore monastic life July 9-15.

The week is open to single Catholic women age 18-50 who are interested in the call to Religious life. Participants will join the Benedictine Sisters for community prayer, and experience other aspects of life in the monastery.

The Mount Angel Benedictines offer several possibilities for affiliation, including vowed membership, an oblate program, and volunteer opportunities. The community sponsors two main ministries: Shalom Prayer Center and St. Joseph Shelter. They also co-sponsor the Women’s Intercommunity AIDS Resource.

For information or registration, contact Benedictine Sister Marietta Schindler: 840 S. Main St., Mount Angel, OR 97362; (503)845-6141; or e-mail General information about the Benedictines of Mount Angel can be found on the web site

Diocese of Helena

HELENA – Bishop George Thomas marked the first year of his service to the people of Western Montana with a reflective interview in the pages of his diocesan publication, The Montana Catholic.

“The greatest gift (of the past year) has been my interaction with the priests and people on their own turf,” he said.

“I can give you an example. Most recently, I was at Dupuyer. I just reveled in the hospitality the people showed and the pride they have in maintaining the beauty of a mission church. People are deeply invested in the life of their parishes and missions, and they have expressed that through warm hospitality, through on-site tours, through their parish councils and beautifully celebrated liturgies.

“(The Diocese of Helena) is a pace-setting church in terms of collaborative ministry. I don’t feel that I’m carrying the burdens of the community alone as a result…. The Diocese of Helena isn’t lacking in outstanding leaders.”

— The Montana Catholic (Helena)

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