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

Around the Diocese

the Inland Register

(From the Sept. 8, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

DeSales teaching veteran retires

Leo Lapke Leo Lapke, who devoted 22 years of his education career to teaching at DeSales Catholic School, Walla Walla, retired last June.

Lapke is a graduate of Carroll College, Helena. He later earned a counseling degree from the University of Pittsburgh and administrative credentials from Eastern Washington University.

After serving a stint in the Army, he taught at St. Gertrude Academy, Cottonwood, Idaho; Serra Catholic, Salem, Ore.; seven years at Marycliff High School, Spokane; and tutored at Morning Star Boys’ Ranch. He also taught at Wapato Junior High before moving to Walla Walla and DeSales, where he has served as a principal, teacher, and finally counselor.

Evangelist returns to Spokane for workshops at Assumption Parish

Jim Murphy Evangelist Jim Murphy will be returning to the Spokane area for presentations at Assumption Parish Sept. 28 and 29, from 7-9 p.m.. His appearances are sponsored by the Inland Empire Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

The workshop theme is “You are my beloved. Come let me give you my love,” from the Old Testament’s Song of Songs. Wednesday, Sept. 28, will focus on “You are my beloved,” and Thursday, on “Come, now is the time to worship.”

Murphy, who lives in Michigan, hosts a weekly television program, The Choices We Face.

A free-will offering will be accepted.

Assumption is located at 3624 W. Indian Trail Rd. in Spokane. For information in Spokane, call (509) 448-9736 or 255-9619; in Idaho, call (208) 773-5131.

Chaplains in training

Seminarians studying for the Diocese of Spokane spent part of their summer learning the role of hospital chaplain at Sacred Heart Medical Center. At left is Daniel Wathen, studying for the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Mont. Spokane seminarians are Gus Ruiz, Matthew Nicks, and Kevin Oiland. The group was supervised by Chaplain Joan Balenzano. (IR photo from Sacred Heart Medical Center)

Pullman parish hosts day for youth

Sacred Heart Parish, Pullman, is sponsoring a youth day, featuring APeX Ministries.

The day starts at 10 a.m., and concludes with Mass at 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided; cost is $10 per person, but there will be no ticket sales at the door.

Event participation is limited to 100.

APeX Ministries consists of nationally-known youth ministers Gene Monterastelli and Brad Farmer of Washington, D.C. The two have been reaching out to youth in 40 states and Canada since 1996.

For more information, call 332-5312. To check out APeX Ministries, visit their web site:

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