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 April 12, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

DONEGAL, Ireland – Well, it’s a start.

This month, artist Brendan McGloin will display what he’s completed so far: the upper piece of what will one day be a four-ton, 14-feet-tall stone replica of the Cross of the Scriptures at Clonmacnoise, Ireland.

The commission comes from Portland’s Ancient Order of Hibernians. When completed, the work will stand in Mount Calvary Cemetry, Portland.

The sculpture will travel by ship from Belfast to Portland. The piece will function as a memorial to the Irish who came to the United States, especially Oregon, during the great famine of the 19th century.

McGloin expects to travel to Portland this summer to complete the sculpture.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

PORTLAND – The Society of Jesus will hold its 35th General Congregation in Rome beginning January 2008, attended by some 250 men representing every Jesuit province in the world.

Among them will be Jesuit Father John Whitney, provincial of the Oregon Province.

Named as Elector, to accompany him to the General Congregation, is Jesuit Father Patrick Lee, Vice-President for Mission at Gonzaga University. Named as substitutes are Jesuit Fathers Thomas Lamanna, novice director of the Jesuit Novitiate of St. Francis Xavier in Portland, Ore., and Gerald Cobb, Professor of English Literature at Seattle University

— National Jesuit News (Washington, D.C.)

PORTLAND — It could be called the ultimate “green” bean — a coffee bean that promotes peace, fair trade, education and organic stewardship. MadreMonte is a company that promotes 100-percent Colombian organic coffee and is linked with the Colombian Jesuits who have been helping Colombian farmers for the past 42 years. The U.S. company was co-founded by Jesuit Father Bill Watson of Portland and Jesuit Father Joe Aguilar of Colombia.

MadreMonte sells its coffee — highest-quality Colombian and completely organic — for $11 for a 12-ounce bag. It is available only through the company’s Web site,, to keep costs down and maximize profits for investing in programs that advance sustainability.

– Catholic News Service (Washington, D.C.)

Diocese of Helena

HELENA – In a recent column for The Montana Catholic, Mo Wosepka, executive director of the Montana Catholic Conference, reflected on the use of capital punishment.

“Fifteen or 20 years ago … I was a ‘fry ’em’ kind of guy. They did the deed; they need to pay the price. That was before I started working with the poor and the homeless. It was before I watched how the courts treat poor people…. The prisons are full of poor people. They are not all necessarily innocent, but most are poor….

“We must acknowledge that conversion experiences do happen to inmates. We must all be given the chance to change our lives…. Conversion comes in God’s time, not ours.”

— The Montana Catholic (Diocese of Helena)

Archdiocese of Seattle

DES MOINES – Seattle’s Archbishop Alex J. Brunett was among the more than 700 individuals who gathered for the archdiocese’s annual Junior High Rally at highline Community College Pavilion earlier this month.

The archbishop celebrated Mass for the group and visited with the participants.

The theme of the celebration was “God Online.” Keynote speakers included University of Washington football player Jake Locker.

The event is “really growing each year,” said Karla Danson, events coordinator for the archdiocese’s Office of Youth and Young Adults.

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Archdiocese of Seattle)

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