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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

the Inland Register

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

The well-dressed fun runner

Ryan Gregory and Nina Wizner, eighth graders at St. Mary School in Spokane Valley, display this year’s Fun Run shirt. This year’s theme is “Leave Your Mark.” The design and theme were a collaborative effort by this year’s 8th grade class and school parent Katherine Waxman, who provided her expertise in graphic design. The class started last spring to develop ideas for the theme and t-shirt logo. Ryan and Nina’s designs were selected. Students earn a shirt by writing 10 sponsor letters and can wear it on predetermined free dress days prior to Fun Run. This year’s Fun Run is Wednesday, Oct. 10. (IR photo courtesy of St. Mary School)

Women Religious host United Nations discussions

The local Leadership Conference of Women Religious will host three discussion sessions on the impact of women Religious on the actions of the United Nations, in Seattle; Marylhurst, Ore.; and Spokane. Spokane’s gathering, which includes dinner, is set for Friday, Nov. 2, from 4-8 p.m. at the Convent of the Holy Names.

Discussion points will include the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at the United Nations, the role and achievements of women Religious, and breakout workshops on such issues as human trafficking, the Middle East, and HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Presenters include Holy Names Sister Catherine Ferguson, coordinator of an NGO consortium of 15 Religious communities; Sister Suzanne Golas of the Sisters of St. Joseph, an NGO representative; and Dominican Sister Lucianne Siers, director of the Religious Orders Partnership.

There is no charge for community members and associates; $15 for non-LCWR Region XV members and associates. Registration is required by Oct. 19. In Spokane, call 474-2300, or e-mail

Fair Trade festival is Oct. 27 at St. Thomas More, Spokane

St. Thomas More Parish, 505 W. St. Thomas More Way, is the site of a Fair Trade Festival, featuring handicrafts and food items from around the world, on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fair Trade organizations follow certain principles, including a fair and living wage for the worker, transparency and accountability in production and marketing, community building, gender equity, safe working conditions, no child exploitation, and concern for the environment, while supporting some of the world’s most economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the U.S. bishops’ overseas relief and development agency, has been supporting Fair Trade for over a decade with its Work of Human Hands Handcraft sales and Fair Trade coffee and chocolate programs (“Fair Trade chocolate supports justice for farmers, workers world-wide,” IR 9/13/07). Food and crafts from CRS partners will be available for sale along with many other items from a variety of fair trade vendors including Mexican pottery, Guatemalan weavings, skin care products from West Africa and crafts from Asia and the Holy Land.

For more information, call (509) 684-5742.

Inchelium parish awards 2007 scholarship

The Parish Council of St. Michael Parish, Inchelium, has announced that Simhaykin Jack has been awarded the $500 Lee Leferink Scholarship for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Simhaykin Jack is a freshman at Spokane Falls Community College. She plans to pursue a degree in anthropology. Simhaykin graduated from Inchelium High School with honors in May of this year.

The Lee Leferink Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the life of Lee Ann Leferink, a talented and brilliant student and parishioner of St. Michael. The scholarship is awarded annually to a Colville Indian Reservation student, age 15-21.

For more information about the Lee Leferink Memorial Scholarship or to make a donation to the scholarship fund, please contact Joe Sehnert at St. Michael Parish, Box 122 Inchelium, WA 99138; phone: (509) 722-4592; e-mail jsehnert@

Spokane Symphony to present Verdi’s ‘Requiem’

On Friday, Oct. 19, the Spokane Symphony will perform Verdi’s Requiem, with the Spokane Symphony Chorale and soloists Angela Maria Blasi, Jan Wilson, Roy Cornelius Smith, and Nmon Ford.

The symphony is under the direction of Eckart Preu; the Chorale is directed by Dr. Lori Weist.

The Requiem, a musical setting of the Latin Funeral Mass, was first performed in 1874. The exhilarating music embodies every nuance of human emotion and is one of the most powerful concert pieces ever written. Johannes Brahms, not given to complimentary speech, said simply, “Verdi’s Requiem is the work of a genius.”

Tickets range from $17 to $39 and are available Monday through Friday from 9:30-5 p.m. at the Spokane Symphony Ticket Office at 818 W. Riverside, by calling (509) 624-1200, or online at Tickets are also available on weekends and evenings, with a service charge, at 325-SEAT, 1-800-325-SEAT.

After Oct. 15, the Symphony ticket office will be located in the Fox Theater, 1001 W. Sprague in Spokane.

Exhibition celebrates Gonzaga University’s 120th anniversary

A special exhibition of photos, clippings, and memorabilia will be on display in the Special Collections Reading Room of Gonzaga University at the Foley Center Library through Jan. 29, 2008.

The exhibition details the development of the university from its roots as a small rural college. Among the highlights:

• Manuscript copy of 1881 letter from the citizens of Spokane Falls asking Jesuit Father Joseph Cataldo to build a college.
• Original leather-bound register with the names of the students who attended the first year.
• 1903 Cadet Corps Officer hat.
• 1922 Band hat.
• Jesuit Fathre Art Dussault’s (Mr. Gonzaga) Athletic Sweater from the 1920s.
• World War II Distinguished Flying Cross from a GU alumnus in the V-5 Naval Program.
• Freshmen beanie from 1954
• Presidential Medallion from 1974 inauguration of Jesuit Father Bernard Coughlin as president of the school.
• Film of a 1935 football game against Washington State Cougars; Campus Days 1952, 1953, 1954, and 1955; and dedication of the Crosby Library in 1957.

The exhibition, located in the Cowles Rare Book Library on the third floor of the Foley Center Library, is free and open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. In addition to this exhibition, there is an accompanying digital history of Gonzaga. The online digital history can be viewed online:

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