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 June 14, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Seattle

BELLEVUE – The Washington State Knights of Columbus elected their new officers for the fraternal year of 2007-2008 at the State Convention held in Bellevue May 18-20.

Elected to one year terms are State Deputy John L. Walker, Kennewick; State Secretary John M. Wallace, Lakewood; State Treasurer Donald McBride, Richland; State Advocate George H. Czerwonka, Cheney; and State Warden Ed Parazoo, Kettle Falls

  Bishop Carlos Sevilla SJ of the Yakima Diocese is the State Chaplain; Vice Chaplain is Father Wilmar O. Zabala, Richland. Immediate Past State Deputy is Karl A. Hadley.

— Washington State Knights of Columbus

SEATTLE – Jim Thomas, the former Peace and Justice Coordinator for the Spokane Diocese, has been hired as the new director of Adult Faith Formation for Catholic Social Teaching and Family Life for the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Thomas grew up in Chewelah, Wash., and graduated from Gonzaga Prep and Gonzaga University, where he earned a master’s degree in religious studies while working for the Spokane Diocese.

He also worked in secular broadcasting, spent a year as a Jesuit volunteer in Seattle, and worked as a paralegal for a law firm dealing with down-winder litigation.

“Our culture (of consumerism) can easily derail us from taking the time we need to build strong relationships” within the family, said Thomas. “Catholic social teaching is very clear that the family as an institution is a building block of a just and peaceful society.”

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Seattle)

Diocese of Boise

COTTONWOOD – The Benedictine Sisters of St. Gertrude Monastery recently welcomed seven new oblate candidates and inquirers.

Inquiry usually lasts one or two years, followed by candidacy, during which they are mentored by another oblate or a member of the monastic community.

— Idaho Catholic Register (Boise)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – Father John McGrann, a priest of the Spokane Diocese serving in Western Oregon, has received a new assignment: administrator of St. Charles Parish, Portland.

He most recently as ministered as administrator of Holy Trinity Parish, Beaverton.

Father McGrann was ordained for the Spokane Diocese in 1967 after studies at St. Edward and St. Thomas seminaries in Kenmore, outside Seattle. Besides parish ministry, he also served as the diocese’s Director of Family Life.

— Catholic Sentinel (Portland)

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