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

Around the Diocese

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(From the Nov. 15, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

New DCCW officers, new plans

The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) recently elected Erica Corrales (left) and Kristie Didier as the new president and vice president, respectively. Both women are members of St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Eltopia. The new officers plan a membership drive and an overall revitalization of the organization. The DCCW acts as a liaison between the diocese and its parishes, promotes unity and spiritual growth, and fosters leadership. (IR photo courtesy of the DCCW)

Women Religious host ‘Twilight Retreat’

The communities of women Religious in Spokane are hosting a Twilight Retreat on Friday, Dec. 7, from 6:30-11:30 p.m. at the Convent of the Holy Names, 2911 W. Fort Wright Dr. in Spokane.

The Sisters invite single Catholic women age 18-35 to participate in what is described as “quiet time for finding God in the ordinary, in Scripture, in our universe, in our hearts.”

They request that participants RSVP by Dec. 1 by contacting Holy Names Sister Anne Bosserman – (509) 328-7470, ext. 123, or by e-mail:

Serra convention

Members of the Tri-Cities Serra Club were among the participants in Serra’s regional convention in Portland, Ore., last month. The convention featured entertainment by seminarians of the Portland Archdiocese, and Mass celebrated by Portland’s Archbishop John Vlazny. Serra is dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood and Religious life, and encouraging the spiritual growth of its members. Standing, in back, is member Jim Toth, and Father John Birk, the club’s chaplain. Seated in front, from left, is president Joan Toth, Celene Petersen, and Richard Petersen. (IR photo courtesy of Father John Birk)

Hospice founder honored by Providence Sisters

Karen Bell, a pioneer in the hospice movement in the State of Oregon, has been chosen by the Sisters of Providence to receive the 2007 Mother Joseph Award. Since the mid-1980s, Bell has been manager/director of hospice and palliative care services for Providence Home and Community Services in Portland.

The annual award is given to a person who “exemplifies the values and courage of Mother Joseph,” the first provincial superior of the Sisters of Providence in the West. It will be presented Nov. 30 at Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, Ore.

Her nominators wrote that Bell “envisioned and built ... a hospice program that today cares for 500 terminally ill patients every day.” Moreover, for decades she has been an advocate and a leader for comprehensive, accessible, high-quality hospice care.

Distinguished visitor

Bishop Skylstad had a special visitor on Halloween: Ben Franklin. The statesman, inventor and scholar reported that although not a papist himself, he was “impressed” by the bishop. (IR photo by Mitch Finley)

Sister Madonna Buder a 2007 ‘Hero of Running’

Runner’s World magazine has included Sister Madonna Buder of the Sisters of Christian Community in its list of the 2007 Heroes of Running. The honored runners have gone above and beyond, defying expectations, breaking barriers and leading future generations of runners.

Sister Madonna followed her first calling in life and became a Religious in 1953. At age 49, she was encouraged by a priest to start running. In the years since, she has trained for and powered through more than 300 triathlons, including 34 full Ironmans. In 1996, she completed an Ironman in 14:27:14 – fast enough to break the world record for 65-69-year-olds. She then became the oldest women to finish the Kona Ironman World Championship, at age 75 in 2005, a title she repeated in 2006.

In May of this year, Sister Madonna suffered a triple fracture of the ulna and a single fracture of the radius when another biker crashed into her during California’s Wildflower Triathlon. Eight weeks after her fracture, she won her age group at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship.

In recognition of their commitment and contribution to the sport of running, Runner’s World will host a gala event honoring the 2007 Heroes of Running on Nov. 3 in New York City.

Service information station

Catholic Charities employees have been attending service fairs, at which students have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer at the agency of their choice. Many students are required to perform a set number of hours of community service, and the programs of Catholic Charities benefit from the students’ time and energy. Recent fairs have been at Gonzaga University, Whitworth College, and both of Spokane’s community colleges. Employees who attend the fairs get a chance to learn about other Catholic Charities programs as well as about other agencies in Spokane. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)

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