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

Maryknoll Sister from Spokane to minister in East Timor

(From the , 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Maryknoll Sister Julia Shideler, formerly of Spokane, will minister in East Timor. (IR photo courtesy of Maryknoll)

At a Dec. 8 Mission Sending Ceremony held at the Maryknoll Sisters’ Chapel in New York, Sister Julia Shideler was called forth to receive her mission cross and commit herself to serving the people of East Timor, her first assignment with the Maryknoll Mission Team in Southeast Asia.

This mission team, a collaborative effort of the Maryknoll Sisters and Lay Missioners, is based in the mountainous region of Aileu. Sister Julia hopes to work with impoverished and neglected women and youth, empowering them through education and literacy to find their own voice and resources.

She also hopes to promote ecological sustainability and to be a compassionate presence and witness of Christian solidarity with the Timorese people.

Sister Julia entered the Maryknoll Sisters in August 2005, received her training in Chicago and made her first profession of vows Aug. 12 at Maryknoll, N.Y. (“Three Religious communities welcome new members,” IR 8/23/07).

Besides Spokane, she also has lived in Bellingham and the San Juan Islands.

During a recent visit to Spokane, Sister Julia received many prayers and support from church communities and others. A member of the L’Arche Community of Spokane offered to help Sister Julia build bridges between her community and disabled people in East Timor. St. Francis Parish on Orcas Island invited her to speak on World Mission Sunday and pledged to help finance her future ministry with Timorese people. Many parishioners from Assumption Parish in Bellingham also promised their mutual support and offered blessings.

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