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 July 5, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Catholic Daughters’ May crowning

Charlotte Batchelor (left), Catholic Daughter of the Year for Court 196, crowned the Blessed Mother at a ceremony during the group’s May meeting. She has been a member of the organization for about 10 years, and has served as the Recording Secretary, and coordinates various social events. She also volunteers at Holy Family Hospital, and with the Spokane Police Department. (IR photo from the Catholic Daughters)

Deacons elected to leadership posts

Deacon John Riherd, of the Spokane Diocese, has been ministering in the Portland Archdiocese since moving to Western Oregon.

Deacon Riherd recently was elected president of that archdiocese’s Deacon Conference. He will serve a three-year term.

In Spokane, Deacon Eric Meisfjord was elected chairman of the Deacon Council. Deacon Scott Brockway was elected vice chairman/secretary. They began their terms at the conclusion of the Council’s June 9 meeting, and will serve for one year.

Gonzaga Prep schedules reunion weekend

Gonzaga Prep will host its annual reunion weekend July 20-22.

Friday, July 20 is the multi-year event on campus, from 6-10 p.m., for the classes of 1997, 1987, 1982, 1977, 1972, 1967, 1962, 1952, and 1947. Over 400 people are expected.

The class of 1957 will hold a separate reunion on July 13-15.

Many classes also are planning separate events for Saturday, July 21.

All classes are invited to a Reunion Mass on Sunday, July 22 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of the Three Companions, on the Gonzaga Prep campus.

For more information contact the Gonzaga Prep Alumni Department – (509) 489-6302, or e-mail

Syrian Orthodox Church hosts August conference

St. Gregorios Syrian Orthodox Church in Spokane will host a weekend conference, “To the Ends of the Earth,” Friday-Sunday, Aug. 17-19.

Keynote speaker is Fredericka Mathewes-Green, a wide-ranging author on Orthodox Christianity. She will speak at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park, 303 W. North River Dr. in Spokane on Friday at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the entire weekend conference are $40 per person; $35 for students; $115 for a family of four; $25 for additional children. Mathewes-Green’s presentation only is $10 per person. Checks should be made payable to St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, 2803 N. Lincoln St., Spokane, WA 99205, no later than July 31 for the weekend; for the keynote presentation only, please register no later than Aug. 12.

Those desiring to stay at the hotel should contact the hotel directly. Providing the name of the conference will qualify for special conference rates.

Colville golf scramble to benefit seminary

Proceeds from a four-person golf scramble at Colville’s Dominion Meadows Golf Course, sponsored by the Colville Knights of Columbus Council, will benefit Bishop White Seminary in Spokane.

The July 21 event is limited to the first 144 entrants. Entry information and payment must be received by July 14.

The $70 fee per person includes green fees, lunch, a prize fund, and a donation to Bishop White Seminary.

For information, call 738-4949, or e-mail

Recognizing service

At the June 11 Catholic Charities Board meeting, Judy Hudson was thanked for her 10 years of service as the Board’s treasurer. During her tenure on the Board she also served on the relocation committee for St. Anne Children and Family Center, worked at the Christmas Bureau in various capacities, and chaired the Finance Committee, in addition to doing other tasks too numerous to mention. Hudson was a key component in completing construction of four new Catholic Charities facilities over the years: the House of Charity, St. Margaret Shelter, Bernadette Place, and St. Anne. The board gave her a plaque and a stuffed dog wearing a Catholic Charities softball jersey in recognition of her great service. She was the recipient of the Bishop’s Medal in 2005, highlighting her devotion to those served by Catholic Charities. With Hudson is Dr. Rob McCann, Catholic Charities’ Executive Director. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)

St. Aloysius Gonzaga medal awarded

Tim Welsh and Frank Etter are the recipients of this year’s St. Aloysius Gonzaga Medal, Gonzaga Prep’s highest honor. The two men, graduates of the school, are partners in Garco Construction, and have supported Prep through construction projects and scholarships. The men also contribute extensively to dozens of Spokane community programs and to the Catholic Church. Pictured: Frank Etter, Tim Welsh, and Bishop Skylstad at the dedication of Prep’s new chapel in April of this year. (IR photo from Gonzaga Prep)

Spokane Serrans elect first woman president

Winnie Doohan has been elected the first woman president of the Spokane Serra Club. She was installed May 24.

Guests included Msgr. James Ribble, a former club chaplain; John Roberts, president 50 years ago; and a number of visitors from Serra Clubs throughout the state, including Tri-Cities, Tacoma, and the SnoKing Club from outside Seattle.

Serra is dedicated to the fostering of vocations to the priesthood and Religious life, and to the spiritual growth of members.

The club was founded in Seattle. Spokane’s club was the second formed, 70 years ago. The first president was Emmett Hennesey.

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