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

Parish ministry day

the Inland Register

(From the Nov. 16, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Approximately 160 parish ministers came together Oct. 28 at St. Thomas More parish hall, Spokane, to celebrate Catholic life in Eastern Washington. The Diocesan Ministry Gathering invited catechists, youth ministers, prison ministers, and social ministers to come together in lieu of the usual annual fall Catholic Conference, normally organized by the diocese’s now-closed Parish Services Office. Sponsored by Catholic Charities Spokane, the event featured Bishop William S. Skylstad’s exegesis of Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical Deus Caritas Est (“God Is Love”). Other highlights included a question-and-answer period with Bishop Skylstad, who entertained questions about issues ranging from the bankruptcy to the social calling of Catholics to recent changes in Church policy. Ministers had opportunities to gather in interest groups to discuss topics particular to their ministries. Parish Social Ministry Scott Cooper noted, “The event was positive and intended to focus on all of the good work being done in parishes by committed people at a time when headlines about the diocese are often troubling. We were very pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to the diocesan family.” (IR photo from Catholic Charities)

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