Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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(From the Oct. 5, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)
During the Back to School Barbecue Sept. 13, participants had the opportunity to purchase tickets allowing them to throw pies at Father Tom Connolly, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Clarkston; Sharon Clizer, Holy Family’s principal (pictured); or the school’s fifth grade teacher, John Edmundson. The School Advisory Council’s project brought in some $135. (IR photos from Holy Family School, Clarkston)
Catholic Business and Professional Women of Spokane in conjunction with the St. Vincent de Paul Society are sponsoring a Benefit Fashion Show and Tea to raise funds for an educational scholarship for Catholic Women.
The event, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, from 1-3 p.m., will be held in the main dining room at Rockwood Lane Retirement Home, 221 E. Rockwood Blvd. in Spokane. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased in advance from any member of the Catholic Business and Professional Women of Spokane organization.
For more information, call (509) 939-2206, (509) 954-3247, or 534-0039.
Vilma Franco, 27, a native of El Salvador, will make first profession of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as a Sister of Providence at a 7 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Oct. 7, in the chapel of Mount St. Joseph, 9 E. 9th Ave. in Spokane.
Concelebrating the Mass will be Bishop William Skylstad and Jesuit Father Michael Cook. A reception will follow.
Taking vows, which makes formal her commitment as a Sister of Providence, follows several months of living in the Spokane novitiate. Prior to that, Sister Vilma spent a canonical year in Chile, exploring the depth of her call to vowed life.
She first met the Sisters of Providence in 2000, when Providence Sister Fran Stacey moved to her neighborhood in the community of Angela Montano. “I observed the work that Sister Fran did with the people of my community and was moved by it,” Sister Vilma said. While assisting with youth ministry, Vilma expressed a desire to become a Sister and was encouraged by Sister Fran to pray and explore this call.
She participated in the Sisters of Providence pre-candidate program in San Salvador, and attended the University of Central America (UCA), a Jesuit university in San Salvador.
One of her dreams is to return to El Salvador to do pastoral and parochial work in her community. She also would like to work with promoting vocations.
“I will go wherever Providence leads me,” she said. “I am grateful that I am in a wonderful community that will support and help me through this journey.”
There are some 180 Providence Sisters in the Mother Joseph Province, which includes Washington.
Holy Names Sister Anna Keim, who served as a probation officer and taught Spanish at Gonzaga Prep High School, professed her first vows on Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Convent in Spokane.
Sister Anna, 36, was born in Twin Falls, Idaho. After moving to Spokane, she attended Whitworth Elementary School, Northwood Junior High, and Mead High School.
She earned a B.A. in Communication Studies with minors in Spanish and German from Eastern Washington University in Cheney. After graduation, she worked as a bilingual prison corrections officer for two years and a probation officer for five years. At Gonzaga University in Spokane, she earned a Master’s in Teaching degree, and then taught Spanish for three years at Gonzaga Prep High School.
It was at EWU that Kay Raley, her campus minister, first encouraged her to take a look at Religious life. “I wasn’t ready at the time to seriously look at it,” Sister Anna recalled. She sought spiritual direction from Holy Names Sister Mary Garvin and volunteered with the Holy Names Sisters in Wapato, Wash., working with Latino children for two summers in the Diocese of Yakima.
As a novice, she spent a year studying theology and volunteering with refugees in Windsor, Ontario. Her mission year was in Alameda, Calif., where she studied theology, volunteered as an immigrant advocate, volunteered at a safe house for sexually exploited teen girls, and put together a presentation on human trafficking which she took to several high schools.
This fall, Sister Anna will be living in Alameda, Calif., where she teaches Spanish part time at Holy Names High School in Oakland.