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

Luncheon raises over $46,000 for Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, St. Anne Children and Family Center

the Inland Register

(From the , 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Dan Kuhlmann (left) and Dr. Rob McCann presented Caring for Kids retiring co-chairs Denise Greco and Terri Caferro with plaques naming rooms at Morning Star Boys’ Ranch and St. Anne Children and Family Center in honor of the two women. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)

The Spokane Convention Center was filled with 450 eager listeners at the 11th annual Caring for Kids Luncheon on Sept. 18. Held to benefit St. Anne Children and Family Center and Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, the event was emceed by Dan Kleckner and Dana Haynes of KHQ television.

As part of the event, KAYU-TV produced a video montage of testimonials by people who have benefited from the two agencies.

The guest speaker was former CNN photojournalist Linda Schaefer, who went to Calcutta to photograph the work of Blessed Mother Teresa. Schaefer spoke of her encounters with the beatified nun, who required her to be a part of the ministry to the poorest of the poor before she could photograph it.

Schaefer immersed herself in the houses for lepers, orphans, and the dying run by the Sisters of Charity. Later she was allowed to record those scenes she felt best conveyed the heart of Blessed Mother Teresa’s work. Each guest at the l uncheon received a copy of Schaefer’s book Come and See: A Photojournalists’ Journey into the World of Mother Teresa.

Schaefer also addressed the media’s recent revelations about the nun’s work, explaining that Blessed Mother Teresa was on a “positive journey, one that she welcomed – not a journey of darkness, but a journey of faith.” She quoted Msgr. John Essess, who perhaps knew Blessed Mother Teresa best: “The world will never understand Mother Teresa because the world did not understand Jesus. They were not of this world.”

Terri Caferro and Denise Greco, co-chairs of the Caring for Kids luncheon for the past 11 and 10 years, respectively, have now stepped down from those roles. The two women presented with plaques recognizing their years of gracious and dedicated service, and Dr. Rob McCann, Catholic Charities’ Executive Director, announced that one of the toddler rooms at St. Anne has been named in their honor.

Dan Kuhlman, Acting Director of Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, reported that the “special request room,” where boys are allowed to spend time watching television or playing games when they have earned the privilege through good behavior, has also been named in honor of the two women.

The 2007 Caring for Kids Luncheon raised over $46,000. Cumulatively, the event has raised $371,565 in 11 years.

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