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 Dec. 7, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocese of Baker

BEND – The head of the Baker Diocese’s Youth Ministry office has left the area after five years of ministry to Eastern Oregon Catholics.

Gary Gaudreau has accepted a position with the Diocese of Madison, Wis., where he will serve as head of youth ministry and director of a national movement that brings stories of saints to young people, the “Dead Theologians Society.”

Madison’s Bishop Robert Molino wants the program in all of his parishes.

Besides Gary’s ministry, his wife, Toni, led the Baker Diocese’s pro-life office until last September.

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – St. Pius X Parish in Northwest Portland was the site of the third Archdiocesan Pastoral Assembly. The gathering brought together more than 300 leaders of some 112 parishes in Western Oregon.

The assemblies were first held in 2000, designed as an “advisory tool” for Archbishop John Vlazny and the wider archdiocesan church. The assemblies now focus on three areas of pastoral priority: multicultural church, youth and young adult ministry, and faith formation at all levels.

“To keep the church rolling, and to keep our people hopeful, leadership bears a significant responsibility,” said Archbishop Vlazny. “Where is leadership for this church in western Oregon? It’s right here in this room!

“We are here because God wills that we be here, to serve our sisters and brothers at God’s request,” he said. “And we are confident that good will ultimately triumph over evil, that war will succumb to peace, that justice will thrive, because that’s how God wants it to be.”

ST. BENEDICT – Cardinal William Levada, former Archbishop of Portland, visited Mount Angel Seminary last month to bless the school’s Annunciation Hall, the newly completed theology hall.

The 25,000-square-foot building includes six classrooms, as well as office space for the theology faculty. The structure also includes a new mosaic of the Annunciation icon written by Benedictine Brother Claude Lane, who wrote the Spokane Diocese’s Millennium Icon.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE – Archbishop Alex J. Brunett has begun hosting a call-in radio show on KBLE 1050-AM, titled The Archbishop’s Hour. Co-hosted by Dr. Tom Curran, the program airs the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 4-5 p.m.

Broadcasts began Oct. 26, originating in the archdiocese’s Catholic Center offices. Rebroadcasts take place every other Thursday at the same time, and on Saturdays at noon. The programs can be heard via the Internet at

“This sort of show allows for dialogue, and that’s very important,” the archbishop said during the initial broadcast. “Life is made up of dialogue.”

Air time is donated by the station’s owner, Ron Belter. “I take my hat off” to the archbishop “for making such a bold move,” said Belter.

— Catholic Northwest Progress (Archdiocese of Seattle)

Diocese of Yakima

YAKIMA – Bishop Carlos Sevilla SJ recently wrote about immigration legislation in the Central Washington Catholic.

In an article titled “We are all immigrants,” he wrote, “Because of the significant moral implications of any legislation regarding immigration, I am concerned that the debate not become a cause for division within our diocesan church.”

YAKIMA – REACH Youth Ministry has named a new executive director, Dan Barleson.

Bartleson comes to the position with 15 years of experience as a youth minister, as a parish youth coordinator and music ministry leader, and youth retreat leader.

The coming year will see REACH youth retreats focused on the sacraments, conversion, and the power of prayer.

— Central Washington Catholic (Diocese of Yakima)

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