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 Aug. 2, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE – The Cathedral of St. James celebrates its centennial this year.

The first St. James Cathedral was located in Vancouver, Wash. The diocese was known in those days as Nesqually. In 1903 Bishop O’Dea applied to transfer the See to Seattle.

The Cathedral parish was established in Seattle in 1904; the cornerstone was laid in 1905; in September 1907, the Vatican gave permission to move the Cathedral from Vancouver to Seattle, and on Dec. 15, the doors of the new cathedral opened for the first time.

Rector of the Cathedral since 1988 is Father Michael Ryan.

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Archdiocese of Seattle)

OLYMPIA – Following funeral services July 10 at St. George Byzantine Catholic Church in Olympia and July 11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lacey, one of the first married Episcopal priests to be ordained a Catholic priest under a special Vatican provision was buried July 13 in Langlois, Ore.

Father Peter Dally, who became an Eastern Catholic priest in 2001, died July 6 at his home in Olympia due to complications of multiple myeloma. He was 79 and, in his retirement, had assisted at St. George.

Ordained an Episcopal priest in Corvallis, Ore., in 1953, Father Dally and his family – including wife Mary and their four children – were received into the Catholic Church in 1981.

In 1983 the family moved to Tulsa, Okla., at the invitation of now-Archbishop Eusebius J. Beltran of Oklahoma City, who at the time was bishop of Tulsa. Father Dally was ordained in 1985 at Holy Family Cathedral and spent most of his ministry in Tulsa working in pastoral care at local hospitals and in several parishes.

Father Dally was given permission by Byzantine Bishop William C. Skurla of the Eparchy of Van Nuys, Calif., in 2001 to serve as an Eastern Catholic priest. The priest and his wife returned to the Pacific Northwest.

Throughout his 54-year ministry, Father Dally actively promoted understanding and brotherhood among all Christians and frequently quoted the biblical admonition “That they all may be one that the world might believe.”

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

Archdiocese of Portland

ST. BENEDICT – Benedictine Father Michael (Brian) Mee, formerly a priest of the Spokane Diocese before joining Mount Angel Abbey, has received a new assignment in that community: procurator. The assignment includes such varied responsibilities as supervising finance, facilities, human resources, information technology, and food service. He also will serve as the secretary-treasurer for the Mount Angel Abbey Corporation, and a member of the Senior Council, the Executive Directors Council and the Abbey Foundation of Oregon.

Also at the abbey, Benedictine Father Edmund Smith, who served for a time as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Othello, Wash., is now director of the abbey’s retreat house and its programs.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

GREENWICH, England – One of the Catholic Church’s best-known English liturgical musical composers, Bernadette Farrell, has been successfully recovering from a yearlong fight with breast cancer.

Farrell, 50, composer of more than 80 popular compositions, including “Christ Be Our Light,” “Unless a Grain of Wheat” and “God Beyond All Names,” recently received negative results from a series of tests designed to determine if the cancer was still in her body. She will continue follow-up treatments for at least another five years with regular checkups.

“She’s coping pretty well with the side effects of the medication on which she remains and is hoping to be back at work full time in the autumn,” said her husband, Owen Alstott, 60, former publisher of Oregon Catholic Press, now known as OCP. The couple, parents of 10-year-old Joanna, live in historic Greenwich.

Farrell’s music has been a part of liturgical celebrations for years. OCP continues to publish her work through its various products, including its annual Music Issue.

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

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