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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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(From the May 18, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Dominican Sister marks 60th jubilee

Dominican Sister Julianne Josten, of the Sinsinawa Dominicans, will celebrate her 60th jubilee next month.

A Mass marking the event will be celebrated at Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Mound, Wis., on June 4.

Sister Julianne will be one of 12 Sinsinawa Dominicans celebrating their 60th jubilee year.

She was raised in Sioux Falls, S.D. She holds degrees from Edgewood College, Madison, Wis., and Dominican College, San Rafael, Calif.

Her ministerial life has been dedicated to teaching, including five years at St. John Vianney School, Spokane.

Sister Julianne also taught in the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, among others.

She is now retired and living at the Sinsinawa Dominicans’ Motherhouse in Sinsinawa.

Umbdenstock chosen to lead American Hospital Association

Rich Umbdenstock of Providence Health and Services has been chosen as the president of the American Hospital Association. He succeeds Dick Davidson, whose retirement is effective Jan. 1, 2007.

Umbdenstock has been a leading figure in Spokane Catholic health care for many years. He was president and CEO of Providence Services for more than 10 years prior to the creation of Providence Health and Services. He helped create Inland Northwest Health Services, a community collaborative.

He presently serves on the boards of the Catholic Foundation and the Spokane Chamber of Commerce. His past service includes work with the boards of Gonzaga Prep, Group Health Northwest, and the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education in Spokane.

Morning Star to host football day camp June 17

Boys age 7-17 will have an opportunity this summer to sharpen their football skills with the help of NFL and college players and coaches.

Morning Star Boys’ Ranch will offer its one-day All-Star Football Skills Camp on Saturday, June 17, at Ferris High School in Spokane.

Among the coaches scheduled to provide instruction are former Seahawks coach Solomon Bates, Gonzaga Prep head coach Dave Carson, and Bill Doba, head coach at Washington State University. Players include 14-year NFL veteran Mark Rypien, who led the Washington Redskins to a Superbowl win in 1991; Mark Schlereth, an ESPN NFL analyst who played 12 years in the NFL; and Ken Simonton of the Detroit Lions.

Cost is $50 per camper, which includes a t-shirt and lunch.

Space is limited; please register by June 3. Call Morning Star for more information: 448-1411. Proceeds from the camp help support Morning Star’s programs.

G-Prep chapel named in honor of Jesuit companions

Construction will begin this summer on the new chapel at Gonzaga Prep, Spokane, but the name has already been announced: “The Chapel of the Three Companions,” celebrating the lives of Sts. Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier, and Blessed Peter Faber.

Jesuit Father John Whitney, provincial of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, announced the news last month.

Catholic Daughters celebrated

Mary Louise Schneider (left) and Patricia Baertlein were honored with anniversary pins for their long-time membership in the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Mary Louise Schneider, Spokane Valley, received her 55-year pin. She is a former state regent of the Catholic Daughters. Patricia Baertlein received her 50-year pin. She is former regent of Court 196. The pins were bestowed during 196’s March 21 meeting. (IR photo courtesy of Mary Alice McGinn)

Local chapter of American Business Women’s Association honors retired priest

Father Joseph M. Weitensteiner, who earlier this month announced his retirement as director of Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, has been honored by the Spokane Falls Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.

At an April 25 banquet, the organization announced that Father Weitensteiner had been named its Business Associate of the Year, its top honor for non-members.

According to ABWA president Pam Stevens of Landau Associates, the honor is “presented to someone who supports the values of the American Business Women’s Association and who has made a difference in the lives of members and the community.”

Father Weitensteiner was the Ranch’s first counselor in 1957. He left MSBR to study for the priesthood, and returned, as director, after his ordination in 1966.

Morning Star is a residential home for boys ages 10-17 facing troubled lives. Since opening its doors in 1957, the Ranch has been home for nearly 1,300 boys.

For information on Morning Star, persons can visit its web site: www.morningstarboysranch.org.

Reader’s theater presentation to benefit West Central ministry

Spokane’s West Central Ministry Players will present a reader’s theater adaptation of the comedy Over the River and Through the Woods on Sunday, May 21, at 2 p.m.

The production is staged to benefit Our Place Community Ministries, an ecumenical assistance agency supported by several church communities of various denominations. St. Joseph Parish, Spokane, is among the communities which assists Our Place.

Our Place provides emergency food, hygiene supplies, and clothing to those in need in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood.

Area ministers and residents will perform all the roles in the production.

Tickets are $15; admission includes a light refreshment buffet. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door; advance tickets can be purchased by calling 328-0176 or 323-7487.


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