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 May 18, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Seattle

LACEY – Dr. Douglas M. Astolfi has been inaugurated as the eighth president of St. Martin University. He succeeds Dr. David R. Spangler.

Holy Cross Father Edward A. Malloy, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, delivered the keynote address. Delegates from 50 colleges and universities from around the country attended.

Dr. Astolfi joined St. Martin from St. Leo University in Saint Leo, Fla., where he was academic vice president. He began his academic career as a history professor and has a doctorate in history from Northern Illinois University.

About 1,100 students are enrolled on St. Martin’s main campus and about 600 more in programs at the university’s extension campuses.

— St. Martin University press release (Lacey)

SEATTLE – Archbishop Alex J. Brunett presided at a Mass April 22 honoring 150 years of the presence of the Sisters of Providence in Western Washington.

He praised the Sisters for their remarkable accomplishments over the years. “Words cannot express how much we as a state and we as a Church owe to your ministry and dedication. We rejoice in your presence and thank God each day that you will continue to be a living sign of the spirit of God among us.”

Mother Joseph and four other Sisters arrived at Fort Vancouver, Washington Territory, on Dec. 8, 1856, after a 6,000-mile journey from Montreal. In time, Mother Joseph would design and build more than 30 hospitals, schools and homes for orphans and the elderly throughout the American West.

“There is still much to do,” Archbishop Brunett told the Sisters. “In the spirit of Mother Joseph, I know you will be up to the task.”

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Seattle)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – Archbishop John Vlazny’s letter to all 390,000 Catholics in the archdiocese provided an update and context for recent developments in the church’s Chapter 11 Reorganization.

He talked about the signs of hope in the church, including the archdiocese’s high number of seminarians, thriving Catholic schools, assistance to the vulnerable, and continued preaching of the Gospel.

As in Spokane’s Chapter 11, Portland’s judge ruled against the church regarding the property of the estate, telling the archdiocese that canon law was incorrect and that parishes belonged to the archdiocese. That appeal continues.

The archbishop also announced a $1 million budget reduction at the archdiocese’s administrative offices and ministries.

“I am concerned about the effect of these cuts, not only on those whose jobs will be affected, but also on all those who depend on services and programs that may no longer be available,” he wrote.

Exactly where those cuts will come has yet to be determined.

PORTLAND – Teaching can be hazardous.

Fortunately for Michael Wendt of Jesuit High School, Carrie Dunn and Kohle Kreitzberg were on hand when he went into cardiac arrest during class on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Dunn performed CPR while Kreitzberg sprinted for the automatic external defibrillator in the upper hall.

Wendt recovered enough to return to his classroom two months later.

The two students will be honored as this year’s Youth Heroes by the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross during the organization’s 2006 Breakfast of Champions.

MEDFORD – Jackson & Perkins, the world-renowned rose company, has developed a hybrid tea rose and named it in honor of Pope John Paul II.

The rose was chosen by the Vatican. It is pure white, described as “luminous” by the company.

“Pope John Paul, a man of peace and compassion, was one of the most revered leaders of our time.… (The rose will) pay homage to his far-reaching impact upon the people of the world,” said Jackson & Perkins’s president, Bill Williams.

— Catholic Sentinel (Portland)

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