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 Oct. 26, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Seattle

LACEY – David Hlavsa, Associate Professor of Theatrical Arts, is the new faculty president at St. Martin University. He will chair the Faculty Senate and represent the university’s 70-member faculty.

Hlavsa has taught at St. Martin since 1989. Besides teaching, he is the author of the new book An Actor Rehearses: What to Do When – and Why, to be published next month by Allworth Press. He also serves as arts writer for the Seattle Repertory Theatre and is a published playwright.

St. Martin University offers 22 majors and six graduate programs.

— St. Martin University (Lacey)

SEATTLE – Gonzaga University School of Law’s Red Mass for the Legal Profession is celebrated each year at St. Aloysius Church in Spokane. This year, the Mass also will be celebrated in Seattle’s St. James Cathedral on Friday, Oct. 27.

Presider and homilist will be Seattle’s Archbishop Alex J. Brunett. Principal concelebrant will be Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, Gonzaga University’s president.

The term “Red Mass” dates back to 14th-century England, where it was celebrated in Westminster Abbey at the beginning of Michaelmas, or the fall term of the King’s Bench. Judges, barristers, and members of Parliament invoked God’s blessing and guidance for themselves and for their profession.

— Gonzaga University (Spokane)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – The Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, more popularly known as The Grotto, will celebrate its annual Christmas Festival of Lights, beginning this year on Friday, Nov. 24, and concluding Saturday, Dec. 30. The nightly display (except Christmas Day, when The Grotto is closed to the public) begins at 5 p.m. and concludes at 9:30 p.m.. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children age 3-12; children 2 and under are free.

The festival includes choral music concerts, spectacular lighting displays, family entertainment (including the puppet show “The Christmas Donkey”), and a life-size Nativity display imported from Ortisei, Italy.

The Grotto is located at NE 85th Ave. and Sandy Boulevard. For more information, consult the web site:; or call (503) 261-2400. Tickets are available beginning Nov. 20.

— Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother (Portland)

CROOKED FINGER – Around 100 Catholic youth from throughout the mid-Willamette Valley are expected to gather on Saturday, Oct. 28, for an historic 12-mile pilgrimage from the chapel in Crooked Finger to the town of Mount Angel, where a new parish youth center awaits them.

The Father Bernard Sander Youth Center is named for a Benedictine priest of Mount Angel Abbey, long involved with various forms of ministry to young people, particularly as an educator.

Once at the Center, the pilgrims will pray, participate in Eucharistic Adoration, and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Sunday will find the youth walking once again, up the hill to Mount Angel Abbey for prayer with the monks.

Organizing the pilgrimage is Anne Marie Le Chevalier, youth minister at St. Clare Parish, Portland. “A lot of teenagers play sports five days a week for two or three hours per day. I want to show them they can use their body to honor God,” she said.

Diocese of Baker

BAKER CITY – Baker’s Bishop Robert Vasa led an all-day training session for five lectors and 34 acolytes last month at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral.

The adult lay ministers traveled from throughout the Baker Diocese – about the eastern two-thirds of the State of Oregon – for the opportunity to hone their skills under the guidance of their bishop.

They were officially instituted into their ministries during Mass the next day.

— Catholic Sentinel (Portland)

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