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 Dec. 1, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

OREGON
Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – Portland’s Archbishop John Vlazny devoted his Nov. 4 Catholic Sentinel article to a reflection on the ministry of deacons, both in Western Oregon and globally. The occasion was the upcoming ordination of four men to the diaconate, and installation into other ministries of another 17 men in various stages of deacon formation. A total of 33 men are in some stage of deacon formation for the archdiocese.

“Most of us benefit from the ministry of deacons in our parishes. But deacons are also involved in a variety of other ministries,” he wrote, including prison ministry, marriage preparation, chaplaincy, and other roles. “It is always important for a deacon to balance ministry with attention to his wife and family,” wrote the archbishop. “Their marriages must be holy and strong. They can be marvelous witnesses for wholesome family life for the rest of us in the faith community.”

There are now 49 deacons serving in the Portland Archdiocese. “Like our priests, we pray that they will grow in numbers, but even more importantly, in holiness,” wrote Archbishop Vlazny.

PORTLAND – More than 700 friends of Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary gathered for the second annual Seminary Benefit Dinner. The attendance was nearly double that of the first dinner, held in fall 2004.

“What a pleasure it is to stand with these wonderful men studying for the priesthood,” said Benedictine Abbot Nathan (Gary) Zodrow, who also serves as chancellor of the seminary. “God’s grace is with us tonight. It is tangible, and we should take great comfort in this knowledge.”

Four men studying for the Spokane Diocese are enrolled at Mount Angel: Deacon Vincent Dao, Kevin Oiland, Luis Rivera, and Gustavo Ruiz.

— Catholic Sentinel (Portland)

PORTLAND — The legalization of assisted suicide is eroding medical advances and decent treatment, said one leader of a coalition of doctors who find the practice troubling.

Dr. Kenneth Stevens, a veteran professor of radiation oncology at Oregon Health Sciences University and vice president of Physicians for Compassionate Care, criticized Oregon’s assisted-suicide law because he said it is devaluing human life and reversing the healing role of physicians.

He and other Oregon doctors who oppose their state’s law say allowing the use of legal lethal prescriptions tends to result in fewer efforts on the part of doctors to find a solution to patients’ distress. “Once a patient has the means to take (his or her) own life, there can be decreased incentive to care for the patient’s symptoms and needs,” Stevens said during a recent panel discussion at the University of Oregon.

– Catholic News Service (Washington, D.C.)

IDAHO
Diocese of Boise

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Three Boise residents were invested recently as members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Oct. 8 at the Catehdral of St. Eugene. Dr. Peter and Janet Angleton, and Dr. Charlyn Belluzzo, were invested by San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath.

Membership in the Equestrian Order is open to Catholics who actively participate in and contribute to the activities and work of their local parish and diocese. New members are nominated by existing members.

There are about 21,000 members throughout the world; 12,000 are in the United States, and of those, 515 belong to the Northwest Lieutenancy, which consists of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, and part of California.

The Order’s main work is the creation, support and maintenance of the education system for the Christian minority in Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories.

BOISE – Bishop Michael Driscoll ordained eight more deacons in October for ministry in Idaho. The eight were the last of 16 deacon ordinations this year for the Boise Diocese.

In his homily, Bishop Driscoll said that deacons are ordained “to help the bishop and priests of a diocese in the ministry of the word, ministry of the altar and ministry of charity…. May they always perform their service with gentleness and concern for others.”

— Idaho Catholic Register (Boise)


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