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 Nov. 16, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocese of Boise

BOISE – Marge and Fred DiLorenzo have been named the new interim directors of Nazareth Retreat Center, Boise.

The two have been long-time supporters of Nazareth’s retreat ministry. “We just fell in love with this place,” said Fred, a retired mechanical engineer.

Marge, former owner of a gymnastics center in Idaho Falls, said Nazareth is “a gift…. Being retired, I have been able to spend time with the Lord and discern what he is calling me to do. I would like to be a part of facilitating other people finding out about Nazareth and assisting them to come to this place of prayer and time with the Lord.”

One of their goals: to network with the retreat ministries at St. Gertrude Monastery, Cottonwood, and Ascension Monastery, Jerome, to share speakers, functions and ideas to the benefit of all.

CASCADE – Bishop Michael Driscoll dedicated the new St. Katharine Drexel Church in Cascade last month. Some 300 people filled the building to capacity for the occasion.

St. Katharine was canonized in 2000 by Pope John Paul II. Her ties with Idaho include founding St. Joseph Indian School in Slickpoo.

— Idaho Catholic Register (Diocese of Boise)

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE – Jesuit Father Pat Twohy has ministered to the Indian communities of the Northwest for over 30 years. Most of his time has been spent in smaller communities in Western Washington.

He will continue ministering, but has moved his work to urban Indian populations in the Seattle-Tacoma area.

“I felt a calling inside my heart to be closer to the struggles and joys of Native peoples living in the cities,” he said.

His official new assignment is as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Mt. Virgin Church, Seattle. From there he will minister to the Indian population in Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup and Auburn.

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Archdiocese of Seattle)


PORTLAND – Some 22 missionary priests from Africa now serve parishes and hospitals in Oregon. They are evenly divided between the Archdiocese of Portland and the Diocese of Baker.

“Whatever the church needs, we go to help,” said Father Columbua Chukwudi Anukanti of Southwestern Nigeria who now ministers in Bend, in the Baker Diocese.

“For me, it is a challenge of growth,” said Father Augustine Manyama of Tanzania, a chaplain at Providence Portland Medical Center. “When we mingle with people of other places and other cultures we come to know ourselves.”

“In Tanzania, the churches are full and people are taking part, clapping hands,” he said. “Here, many parishioners do not even sing, and some people are being paid to sing. It seems odd to me.”

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – Archbishop John Vlazny presided at the Rite of Consecration to a life of virginity for Regina Dibb at St. Cecilia Church, Beaverton.

Through the rite, a woman renews her resolve to live in perpetual virginity for God, and is recognized as a person dedicated to Christ.

Dibb was born and educated in Thailand. She is the general manager at T. Scandia Motors, Inc., Tigard, Ore., a family-owned business.

She has been in formation for three years, working with a mentor and a spiritual director. “My heart has yearned for a deeper and more fervent love of Jesus,” she said.

There are about 150 consecrated virgins in the United States, about one-tenth of the number world-wide.

The women live their lives in the world, not separate from it. They wear no special habit or clothing, use no titles, and are not members of Religious communities or institutes. They dedicate themselves to lives of prayer for the Church.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

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