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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 Aug. 3, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

New St. Mary Medical Center president named

Following a nationwide search, Steve Burdick has been selected as the new president of St. Mary Medical Center, Walla Walla. He begins his new duties Sept. 18.

He also will serve as chief executive of the Southeastern Washington Service Area for Providence Health & Services, the system of which St. Mary is a part.

Burdick currently is the administrator at Providence Centralia Hospital, in Centralia, Wash.

“I’m honored to be selected to serve the staff and physicians in doing their jobs of healing,” Burdick said. “I believe that’s what leadership does – serves others to assist in the provision of care. St. Mary Medical Center carries a great legacy as a regional hub for health care. I’m looking forward to joining the team.”

Cathedral’s anniversary celebration begins with free meal

To kick off its 125th Anniversary, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane, will serve a special meal to the transient community on Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

The meal will be accompanied by bands playing bluegrass music throughout the day.

The public is invited to come and join in fellowship with our guests.

Dominican Sister Peggy Haimerl celebrates jubilee

Dominican Sister Peggy (Dominice, Margaret) Haimerl celebrated her 50th jubilee of Religious life on July 23.

Mass was celebrated at the Dominican Center, Spokane, followed by a luncheon Mukogawa Fort Wright Center with family members and her Dominican Sisters.

Sister Peggy’s home parish is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. She graduated from Marycliff High School in 1953 and entered the Kettle Falls Dominicans – later the Spokane Dominicans, now the Sinsinawa Dominicans – in 1954. She made her first Religious profession Aug. 6, 1956, as Sister Dominice.

Her ministry has been dedicated to elementary education. In the Diocese of Spokane, Sister Peggy taught at Assumption, Spokane, for 20 years, and St. Patrick, Spokane. She also taught in the Diocese of Helena, and ministered at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, Spokane. Currently, she lives in community at the Dominican Center, Spokane, and ministers as the finance officer.

Morning Star supervisor honored by Marine Corps League

Tim Rubertt, a supervisor at Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, was presented the prestigious national Marine Corps League “Distinguished Citizen – Gold” award in ceremonies at the Washington Marine Corps League convention in Yakima earlier this summer. At the same gathering he was sworn in as Commandant of the League’s Department of Washington (State), which includes several detachments across the state.

Rubertt is Supervisor of Morning Star’s Bosco House for older boys. He was praised for his service to Veterans and children, notably his years of work helping oversee Spokane’s annual Christmas season Toys for Tots program.

Last year he was named a recipient of the League’s “Chapel of Four Chaplains” honor.


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