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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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‘Called and Gifted’ workshops set for Jan. 26 and 27 in Spokane

by Mitch Finley, Inland Register staff

(From the Jan. 18, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26 and 27, area Catholics will have the opportunity to attend a workshop designed to help individuals engage more fully in the mission to which each person has been called by the Holy Spirit.

Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Catherine of Siena Institute is a program of the Western Province of Dominican priests. The Institute aims to help parishes form Catholics for their mission in the world. One way the Institute does this is with its Called & Gifted Workshop. According to the Catherine of Siena Institute’s website (, every Catholic “has been called by Christ (in his or her baptism) to a unique mission, and every (Catholic) has been gifted by the Holy Spirit in order to be able to answer that call.”

Father Daniel Barnett, pastor of St. Patrick and St. Francis Xavier Parishes in Spokane, scheduled this Called & Gifted Workshop after the success of earlier ones in the Spokane area. The workshop will be held Friday, Jan. 26, at St. Patrick Parish, 5021 N. Nelson St., from 7-9 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 27, at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 545 E. Providence Ave., from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There is no registration fee, however a free will offering will be taken up on Saturday.

Father Barnett first learned of the Called & Gifted Workshop about six years ago, from a Dominican priest who was one of his seminary professors in Rome. “The teachers for the workshop,” Father Barnett said, “are myself, and Judy Leach, our youth minister for St. Patrick and St. Francis Xavier Parishes, and Sharon Moore, from the Catherine of Siena Institute, who lives in Seattle. Sharon and I have been trained to give the Called & Gifted Workshop. There has been quite a bit of training involved.”

Ed Sinclair, of St. Patrick Parish, has attended “two or three” Called & Gifted Workshops. “I was very impressed with it,” Sinclair said. “I’ve been to a lot of workshops over the years, and the Called & Gifted Workshop is very well rounded and balanced in its approach. It was freeing in a lot of ways. It allowed me to not only say ‘yes’ more often to things that I’m good at, but it freed me to say no to things that just aren’t up my alley.”

“Many people have a sense that something is missing” in their lives, said Father Barnett, “or maybe they are in transition. Many people are looking for a better understanding of why they are here, and what the meaning of their life is. They know it, but they can’t put their finger on it, and they’re trying to live their faith, and they want to live it better. They don’t want to just live it inside the church building, they want to figure out what God wants them to do in the world.”

Father Barnett said that the Called & Gifted Workshop helps anyone, “but it especially helps people in transition, looking for a job, or changing schools, or changing majors. It helps people who wonder what they are called to do. Very often in people’s lives there is a bit of unrest, an unsettled feeling that is really a clue that they are called to something greater. What the Called & Gifted Workshop does is give them an understanding of the Catholic’s vocation in the world, and the dignity of that, and the difficulty, and the grandeur, and the scope of it – which is huge – and the importance of it. Also, it gives each person an understanding of the tools that God has given him or her to accomplish that mission in the world, and how to use these gifts for the good of others and for the world.”

Father Barnett encourages registration in advance due to limited space at both locations. To register or for more information call St. Patrick Parish, (509) 487-1325, or St. Francis Xavier Parish, (509) 487-6363.

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