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

Around the Diocese

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(From the March 1, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Four students from Gonzaga Prep were among the more than 20,000 individuals participating in the March for Life Jan. 22 in Washington, D.C. (IR photo courtesy of Shannon Kestell)

G-Prep students attend DC March for Life

Four Gonzaga Prep seniors – Shannon Kestell, Maddi Baird, Colleen Anderson, and Peter Fransk – attended the National March for Life in Washington D.C., in January. The trip was made possible through the generous response of many individuals who read about the pro-life group’s efforts at Prep.

Besides seeing some of the important landmarks of the city, the group created a banner for display during the Jan. 22 march. They attended pro-life workshops with international participants, performed community outreach, and took part in the youth Mass for life.

“Our banner attracted many people throughout the march,” said Kestell, “including a group of students from (Gonzaga University) who couldn’t believe we had come so far” to participate in the march.

“We wanted to thank all of those who, through their prayers, support, and generosity helped us attend the March,” said Kestell. “The March for Life was a very worthwhile and powerful experience, and the four of us feel very blessed that we were able to go. We couldn’t have done it without all of the help and support we received, and we are very grateful.”

AmeriCorps volunteers needed at House of Charity

The House of Charity, 32 W. Pacific Ave. in Spokane, ministers to the homeless of downtown Spokane, through food, shelter, counseling, a wintertime sleeping program, and more.

The House is seeking AmeriCorps volunteers to assist in this ministry, with a commitment of 10.5 months.

Volunteers should be 18-25 years of age; college degree preferred. Training, including work in Aikido, a Japanese martial art, provided. Successful candidates may begin Sept. 4, Sept. 17, Oct. 1, or Oct. 16.

For more information about the House of Charity and the AmeriCorps positions, e-mail or call Michael Cain:; 509-624-5133, ext. 301.

‘Prophetic way of life’ to be explored March 3

A workshop titled “Theological Reflection and Social Analysis for a Prophetic Way of Life” will be presented Saturday, March 3, at Providence Auditorium, 20 W. 9th Ave. in Spokane.

Presenting will be Ursuline Sister Maria Cimperman and Jesuit Father Jim Hug. She is a moral theologian; he is president of the Center of Concern in Washington, D.C.

The workshop is designed to create deeper understanding of, and develop responses to, immigration and environmental justice issues, and is sponsored by the Religious Formation Conference (RFC). Cost of the workshop is $50 in advance for RFC members, $85 in advance for non-members; $60 at the door for members, and $95 for non-members. Lunch is included.

For more information, check the web site, or call (509) 576-7984.

Catholic Daughter honored with surprise party

Catherine Wasson of Court #196 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas was honored recently with a surprise 90th birthday party, Mass, and blessing at St. Francis Xavier Church, Spokane.

Among those gathered were relatives from throughout the state, friends and fellow parishioners, and members of the Catholic Daughters.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is an organization dedicated to participation in the religious, charitable, and educational apostolates of the Church. Court #196 is the oldest in the state; it was founded in 1903. (IR photo from the Catholic Daughters of the Americas)

High schools receive substantial grants

Two of the Catholic high schools serving the Spokane Diocese are recipients of recent grant monies.

Gonzaga Prep, Spokane, received a $63,166 grant from the E.L. Weigand Foundation of Reno, Nev. The money will be used to equip foreign language classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and furnishings.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation of Seattle has awarded $500,000 to Tri-Cities Prep, Pasco, to expand classroom facilities in order to meet increased enrollment, and increase the endowment fund to support financial assistance for students.

Last year’s freshman class doubled in size from previous years. The school aims to increase enrollment by 46 percent over the next five years.

Building construction is scheduled to begin this coming July, with classrooms ready for occupancy for the 2008-09 school year.

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