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 28, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – University of Portland business major Lucy Fleck is the new Miss Oregon. She will compete next January for the crown of Miss America.

Along with the Miss Oregon crown, Fleck received a $10,000 scholarship award.

She won the talent competition with her tap dance routine.

She is quoted as saying she is “incredibly honored to be representing the state of Oregon.”

— Catholic Sentinel (Portland)

PORTLAND – The Sisters of the Holy Names have announced they will combine five provinces – four in the United States, one in Ontario, Canada – into one providence, effective Jan. 1, 2006. The new entity will be known as the U.S.-Ontario Province.

All United States provinces – California, Oregon, Washington, and New York – will be combined with Ontario, for a total provincial membership of 705 Sisters and 355 Associates.

The U.S.-Ontario Province will be headquartered at Marylhurst, Ore., present home of the Oregon Province. Leadership will be provided by seven Sisters serving five-year terms. Elected June 24 were Sisters Emma Bezaire (Windsor, Ontario), Elizabeth Crean (Longwood, Fla.), Jo’Ann De Quattro (Los Angeles, Calif.), Mary Ellen Holohan (Albany, N.Y.), Judith Mayer (Portland, Ore.), Shirley Roberg (Spokane), and Joan Saalfeld, present leader of the Oregon Province, who will serve as Province Team Leader for the new Province as well.

The Holy Names Congregation will now consist of the provinces of Quebec, Manitoba, Lesotho, U.S.-Ontario, and the Mission Sector.

— Washington Province, Sisters of the Holy Names

ST. BENEDICT – By fall 2006, the graduate program at Mount Angel Seminary will be housed in a new Center for Theological Studies.

The construction project is a response to Mount Angel’s 12-year trend in increasing enrollment.

Construction is scheduled to begin next month. The finished facility will include classrooms and faculty office space.

So far, $5 million has been raised toward the $6.5 million cost.

— Mount Angel Letter (St. Benedict)

Diocese of Yakima

COWICHE – St. Juan Diego Parish is the recipient of a $2,000 grant from Oregon Catholic Press, publishers of Today’s Missal, the annual Music Issue, and other liturgical aids.

The parish was chosen from a field of 875 parishes from throughout the United States.

According to John J. Limb, OCP’s publisher, “It is our sincere hope that this grant will help Saint Juan Diego meet the needs they so clearly presented and support their efforts to enhance their community’s liturgy and music.”

— Central Washington Catholic (Yakima)

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE – Jessie Dye, long-time outreach coordinator for sexual abuse victims in the Archdiocese of Seattle, has announced her resignation to pursue other career opportunities.

“We are indebted to Jessie for her years of service and assistance,” said Seattle Archbishop Alex J. Brunett. “She has been a compassionate advocate for victims, who helped champion our pastoral outreach efforts…. (H)er vision for a compassionate response by the church to allegations of child sexual abuse has been a gift to this archdiocese and to the church in America,” he said.

Dye was appointed by Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen, then archbishop of Seattle. She began that work in 1987.

Said Dye, “It has been a privilege to work with the many courageous people who have come forward with their stories and to provide pastoral care to them on behalf of the archdiocese. My transition comes as a result of my own interest in pursuing this work at a national or international level.”

— Catholic Northwest Progress (Seattle)

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