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 Feb. 23, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE – Seattle’s Archbishop Alex J. Brunett dedicated a recent edition of his column for The Catholic Northwest Progress to a reflection on vocations to Religious life.

“Some may wonder if Religious life is essential to the life of the Church. Others may even ask whether vocations to consecrated life remain an option that Catholics should consider in the discernment of their own vocations today….

“Men and women Religious have made an irreplaceable contribution to the spread of the Gospel through the establishment of orphanages, schools hospitals, elder-care facilities and other institutions. Today, however, perhaps the greatest gift of those with vocations to consecrated life is their willingness to offer a living witness of love in opposition to the prevailing values of society.”

BREMERTON – Sally Merriwether, former principal of Assumption School, Spokane, is one of 12 regional winners of the 2006 Dr. Robert J. Kealey Distinguished Principal Award, sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association. Merriwether is now principal of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Bremerton.

Working in Catholic education “started out as a job, and became a ministry,” she said. Working as a teacher in a Catholic school renewed her faith as well. “I loved going to Mass every Friday with my class,” she said.

Even 30 years after entering the Catholic education field, “I can’t think of a day I’ve been bored,” she said. “The day flies by.”

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Seattle)

Diocese of Boise

BOISE – St. Mary School, Boise, has started a new collaboration with the “Lawyers in the Classroom: Partners in Education project.

Janis Dotson is one of 67 Idaho lawyers who have partnered with various schools to conduct law-related classroom presentations this school year. She has visited St. Mary as a guest speaker for the recent Constitution Day assembly and for Bill of Rights Day in December. She will be presenting again in May, for Law Day.

Dotson is a staff attorney at the U.S. District Court. For one of her presentations, on the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution (regarding unreasonable searches and violations of privacy), she divided a seventh-grade class into two teams of debating lawyers. Each side was given the same set of facts in a case, and then given the opportunity to make their argument, bolstered with legal citations and opinions.

BOISE – The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist has launched a $3 million capital campaign to fund a number of needed maintenance and structural enhancement projects.

This November is the centennial of the laying of the Cathedral’s cornerstone.

“Those who came before us created and maintained the Cathedral,” said Father Henry Carmona, the Cathedral’s rector. “It’s now our turn to do the same for our future generations.”

— Idaho Catholic Register (Boise)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – Catholic Charities in Portland is in the process of buying the former headquarters of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, after the Society’s financial reorganization which also saw the closure of its thrift stores in Portland in 2004.

Charlie Burt, acting executive director and finance director for the Society, said the property sale comes from a board decision to refocus on the core mission: helping the poor.

The Society will relocate to a more efficient site. Catholic Charities will raze the existing buildings on the 2.9 acre property in southeast Portland and erect a new central office complex for its ministries, as well as affordable and low-income housing units.

A 1.1 acre parcel across the street was purchased in 2004 by Catholic Charities. That land will be used for a 50-unit complex of affordable housing.

Diocese of Baker

LA PINE – Holy Redeemer Parish hosted its 10th annual Valentine spaghetti dinner, this year on Feb. 10. Entertainment was provided by saxophonist Tom Albro.

— Catholic Sentinel (Portland)

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