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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 23, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Morning Star appeals Court’s decision on personal files

Attorneys for Morning Star Boys’ Ranch filed an appeal to the Spokane County Superior Court’s decision requiring the Ranch to release more than 1,000 personal files of former residents to the plaintiff’s attorneys.

The Spokesman Review, Spokane’s daily newspaper, first reported the issue on Aug. 10, 2007, citing the plaintiff’s desire to comb through the records to discover possible witnesses to the alleged child abuse.

The article failed to report the Ranch’s strong desire to protect the privacy and confidentiality of its former residents and their records.

The plaintiffs are seeking access to personal files, which may contain medical, psychological, psychiatric evaluations as well as social history summary for all boys who resided at the Ranch from approximately 1964-1989. Disclosure of medical records, psychological records, and psychiatric records are protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

“We feel we have a responsibility to maintain the confidentiality of our client’s records,” said Dan Kuhlmann, Morning Star’s acting director. “Our residents and families have a right to privacy which is protected by federal and state regulations and we are doing our best to uphold these regulations and maintain our residents’ trust.”

Sister Mary Joyce Pietsch marks 60 years as a School Sister of Notre Dame

Sister Mary Joyce Pietsch celebrated 60 years as a School Sister of Notre Dame this year.

Sister Mary Joyce was born and baptized in Richmond, Va. She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame convent in Mankato, Minn., in 1944. Sister Mary Joyce made her first profession in 1947 and then began teaching.

From 1953-1954, Sister Mary Joyce taught fourth grade at Holy Family Catholic School in Clarkston, Wash. She then moved to Colton, Wash., where she taught fifth and sixth grade at Guardian Angel School from 1954-1960.

Sister Mary Joyce holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in history from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota. She also earned a Master of Arts in Education from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.

In 1960, Sister Mary Joyce returned to the School Sisters of Notre Dame Provincial House to serve as a provincial secretary for the Mankato Province, a position she currently holds.

Father Coble is new Jesuit superior for Prep

Gonzaga Prep announced the appointment Jesuit Father Scott Coble as the new superior to the Manresa Jesuit community.

Father Coble graduated from Gonzaga Prep in 1965, earned his doctorate in applied mathematics from the University of Washington, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1979 at St. Aloysius Church, Spokane. He has taught at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, and is currently teaching undergraduate math at Gonzaga University.

In addition to his duties for the Manresa community, Father Coble will serve on the Board of Directors for Gonzaga Prep, and is a member of the school’s administrative team. Previously he served as the superior for the Jesuit community at Gonzaga University.


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