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 March 1, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocese of Yakima

YAKIMA – Bishop Carlos Sevilla SJ has announced a day-long conference devoted to the life and teaching of Pope John Paul II, set for Saturday, Oct. 13, at Holy Family Parish, Yakima.

The day will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Church at 5 p.m.

Among the speakers will be Bishop Ricardo Ramírez of the Diocese of Las Cruces, N.M., and Sister Sara Butler of the Community of Missionary Servants of the Blesssed Trinity.

Workshops will focus on a number of themes, including the culture of life, the struggle for justice, and pastoral care of immigrants.

No admission fee has been announced as yet.

KENNEWICK – St. Joseph Parish, 520 S. Garfield in Kennewick, will be the site of the 4th annual “It’s About Life” conference on Saturday, March 10, from 1-5 p.m.

Scheduled speakers include Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of Roe vs. Wade, and Barbara McGuigan, host of EWTN Open Line.

Check-in begins at noon. Cost is $30, which includes lunch; students and youth, $10. Tickets at the door, $40.

Reserve space by March 2; call (509) 845-0306 or e-mail

— Central Washington Catholic (Dioccese of Yakima)

Diocese of Boise

BOISE – Bishop Michael Driscoll went before the camera recently to appear in a DVD presentation about the diocese’s annual Idaho Catholic Appeal, the major fund-raiser for the diocese.

The 2007 goal for the Boise Diocese is $2.5 million; the theme, “Doing God’s Work.”

— Idaho Catholic Register (Diocese of Boise)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – Holy Cross Associates, a Catholic volunteer program launched almost 30 years ago in Portland, has decided to disband.

The decision was made during a meeting last summer at the University of Portland. Reasons cited were a lack of focus and a lack of interest.

Holy Cross Associates were not unlike Jesuit Volunteers, living in small communities and working in social service environments, living out the four principles of the program: service, spirituality, simple living, and community.

Fewer members of the Holy Cross Religious community were involved in recent years; the number of volunteers had dropped as well.

The Holy Cross Province plans to investigate and propose new possibilities for collaboration and formation with laity.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

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