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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 April 12, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

New doctorate degree

Father Kevin A. Codd (right), a priest of the Diocese of Spokane and rector of The American College, the U.S. bishops’ seminary in Louvain, Belgium, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation last month in Louvain. The dissertation, titled A Favored Portion of the Vineyard: A Study of the American College Missionaries on the North Pacific Coast, 1857—1907, surveyed the foundational ministries of over 100 missionary priests who served in the Pacific Northwest, Vancouver Island and Alaska during the second half of the 19th century, with special emphasis given to six of the priests who eventually became bishops in the region. Upon completing the defense, Father Codd was awarded both the civil Ph.D. and the ecclesiastical S.T.D. (Doctorate in Sacred Theology) by Prof. Dr. Marc Vervenne (left), Rector of The Catholic University of Louvain. Father Codd, will complete his term as rector of The American College later this year, and after a 1,500-mile pilgrimage on foot from Louvain to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, he will return to pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Spokane. (IR photo from The American College, Louvain)

Teacher of the Year

Steven Carnell, seventh-eighth grade teacher and vice-principal at St. Patrick School, Spokane, has been named Teacher of the Year during ceremonies at the Globe Room at Gonzaga University. Carnell, presently working on his master’s degree at Gonzaga University, is pictured with Dorothy Gallagher, St. Patrick’s principal. (IR photo courtesy of Susan Handwerk)

Catholic Charities Spokane receives financial integrity recognition

For the third year in a row, Catholic Charities Spokane has earned the highest rating possible from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management. Only 12 percent of the charities rated by the organization have received three consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Catholic Charities Spokane outperforms most charities in the U.S. in operating with exceptional financial integrity.

An independent certified public accounting firm, overseen by the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors, conducts an annual audit of Catholic Charities Spokane finances.

Charity Navigator is an independent, non-profit organization that provides information about the accountability, transparency and quantifiable results of charitable organizations. It provides analysis and ratings of over 3,400 charities for free to provide objective, unbiased analytical information on America’s largest charities, allowing individuals and businesses to determine whether donating to those charities is likely to have a positive impact.

Clarkston’s ‘Cinderella’

On March 23-25, some 45 first-sixth graders at Holy Family School, Clarkston, presented the play Cinderella, re-written and directed by Holy Family’s pastor, Father Tom Connolly. Friday was Family Night, Saturday was a dinner theater prepared by the School Advisory Council, and Sunday was a dessert theater prepared by the school’s teachers. The play included three stages, a pumpkin coach with horse, 200 costume changes, and thrilled audiences. Pictured, from left: Wicked step-sister Kari Scharnhorst, step-mother Jesse Russell, Kaylee Pearson as Cinderella, and step-sister Abbey Wright. (IR photo from Holy Family School, Clarkston)

Operation Rice Bowl grant requests sought

Catholic Charities’ Parish Social Ministry Office is seeking applications for Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl (ORB) grants to support hunger alleviation, nutrition and global solidarity projects in the Spokane Diocese.

Over 50 Eastern Washington faith communities took part in Operation Rice Bowl last year, an educational program conducted during the weeks of Lent to raise awareness of hunger issues around the globe. Donations to ORB during Lent have funded Catholic Relief Services’ relief and development projects in 99 countries around the world for 30 years.

Of the ORB donations, 25 percent of the funds remain for distribution within the diocese, in support of local projects addressing hunger, nutrition and global solidarity.

Grants usually are in the $500-$1,000 range. Applicants are asked to submit a one-page proposal on or before May 25, 2007, to the Parish Social Ministry Office of Catholic Charities, P.O. Box 2253, Spokane, WA 99210-2253.

Applications should include a description of the project, with proposed use of funds; the name and address of contact person; proposed beneficiaries, including monthly average number of individuals and households served; location and duration of project; exact amount requested; and evidence of non-profit 501©(3) status

Grantees will be announced in June.

For more information, questions, please contact Scott Cooper, Parish Social Ministry Office at (509) 358-4273 or (800) 831-1209 or at

Field trip to history

Cataldo School seventh graders visited Foley Center at Gonzaga University on March 27 to view the United States Holocaust Museum Exhibit “Fighting the Fires of Hate,” which examines book banning and burning that began with the Nazi Revolution. (See related article, page 14 of this issue.) (IR photo from Cataldo School, Spokane)

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