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 Sept. 13, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

OREGON
Archdiocese of Portland

ST. BENEDICT – Mount Angel Abbey hosted its 36th annual Bach Festival this summer. The three-day event again sold out, drawing participants from Oregon, California, Washington, and British Columbia.

The event features gourmet picnic baskets and wines, served on the lawn between musical performances in the abbey church and Damien Center. Performances included works by Bach, Mozart, Poulenc, Copland, and Gershwin.

The abbey celebrates its 125th anniversary in October.

TROUTDALE – Camp Howard celebrated its 55th year of operation with a record-breaking attendance for the summer of 2007.

According to Sister Krista von Borstel, director of the archdiocese’s Catholic Youth Organization, the summer camp program “leaves kids with a great memory of the outdoors,” with the hope that the campers “will also come home a better person for what they have experienced.”

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

PORTLAND – Discouraged by developments in Iraq, a committee at one Portland Catholic parish is about to launch a faith-based initiative toward peaceful resolutions.

At St. Juan Diego Parish in September, parishioners will be able to take the Assisi pledge, a statement made by 200 religious leaders at a 2002 meeting in Italy convened by Pope John Paul II. The meeting took place in Assisi, Italy, the home of St. Francis, who is often evoked because of his life of nonviolence and efforts for peace.

The pledge says, in part, “We commit ourselves to proclaiming that violence and terrorism are incompatible with the authentic spirit of religion.”

The organizer of the St. Juan Diego project says a desire for moving past warfare in Iraq is becoming more and more mainstream and a great many parishioners would be ready to take the pledge. He plans to have a Spanish translation and hopes the idea of the pledge will spread to other parishes.

“Individuals I have met at various social justice groups sense the need for another direction and want to invite fellow parishioners to journey with them,” said John Kingery, a member of the parish’s peace and justice committee.

“Talking with others outside of social justice groups, I see and hear that same desire,” he said.

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

IDAHO
Diocese of Boise

BOISE – Setting the tone for a series of statements by community leaders, Bishop Michael P. Driscoll of Boise called on Catholics and “all people of good will” to work on eliminating poverty in Idaho. The bishop issued a statement, read by diocesan chancellor Sister Arlene Ellis, a member of the Society of Sisters for the Church, at a press conference last month at the Catholic Charities of Idaho office.

The press conference, which included statements from Catholic Charities, Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho, Easter Seals/Goodwill and the School of Social Work at Boise State University, was a response to a July 25 report called “Kids Count” by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The report, citing 2005 data, says that 14 percent of Idaho’s population lives in poverty; the statistic for the country is 13 percent. It also shows that 36 percent of the state’s single-parent households with children live in poverty and 9 percent of married couples with children do. Nationwide, those figures are 33 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

WASHINGTON
Archdiocese of Seattle

LACEY – St. Martin Benedictine Abbey is offering vocational discernment retreats in October and November.

Participants work and pray with the abbey monks.

There is no cost, but space is limited. For information, such as exact dates, call 1-800-221-1807.

— St. Martin Abbey, Lacey


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