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

Religious congregations cooperate in vocations efforts

the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 4, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Seven women Religious gathered in Spokane for a planning session on encouraging vocations. From left are Sister Kathleen Reynolds of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Benedictine Sister Janet Barnard, Patricia Novak of the Franciscan Sisters of Philadelphia, Sharon Bongiorno Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Holy Names Sister Anne Bosserman, Providence Sister Maria Cleto, and Marcia Kay LaCour of the Poor Clares. (IR photo courtesy of Sister Anne Bosserman)

On Aug. 30, seven Sisters from various Religious congregations serving in the Spokane Diocese met at the Poor Clare Monastery in North Spokane for a “beginning-of-the-year” planning meeting.

Benedictine Sister Janet Barnard, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Sharon Bongiorno, Holy Names Sister Anne Bosserman, Providence Sister Maria Cleto, Poor Clare Sister Marcia Kay LaCour, Franciscan Sister of Philadelphia Patricia Novak, and Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word Kathleen Reynolds are all involved in Vocation Ministry for their communities.

Along with Father Darrin Connall, the Diocesan Vocation Director, the group has worked the past few years to raise awareness and build a culture of discernment where young people can find support in their search for where God might be leading them. This is inclusive of all vocations: single life, married life, ordination of priests and deacons, and Religious consecration.

Among the activities for this academic year are Busy Person Retreats for students at Gonzaga University and Washington State University, involvement at the Diocesan Youth Celebration in March, and two Twilight Retreats for young women on Dec. 7 and Feb. 22. The core components of these evening retreats include presentation on the theme, prayer and reflection time, creative activity, and sharing.

For more information, contact Sister Anne Bosserman (509) 328-7470 ext. 123

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