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

Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the Jan. 17, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – Two men, neither of them teenagers, were ordained to the diaconate last month as one more step on the way to ordination as priests.

Deacons Tom Layton and Fred Anthony both spent time in their youth in the Coos Bay area. Both men married and, after careers, entered the priestly formation program at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Wisconsin.

Deacon Layton, 63, worked for the Federal Aviation Administration. Deacon Anthony, 54, was a member of the Air Force for 20 years.

Portland’s Archbishop John Vlazny told the men, “These are not the easiest times to accept a call to ordained ministry in the church.” He encouraged them to embrace the virtue of hope which, he said, “is based on a religious belief that no matter how harsh reality may be today, all will eventually be well and someday, somewhere, there will be the fulfillment of God’s plan.”

PORTLAND – For 20 years now, the Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, or The Grotto, as it is more popularly known, has staged its holiday Festival of Lights, with more than 500,000 lights decorating The Grotto’s 62 acres in Northeast Portland.

“This event has grown from 10 nights in 1988 to 36 nights this year,” said Elizabeth Cebula, a volunteer and one of the Festival’s original board members. “It’s proven not only to be a successful fundraiser for the Grotto, but a way for (the Servite Fathers) to reach out to the community that they serve.”

The Grotto, located at 85th Ave. and Sandy Blvd., welcomes more than 200,000 visitors each year.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

PORTLAND – Three men have entered the Jesuit Novitiate of St. Francis Xavier in Portland.

The men recently completed their Triduum retreat and postulancy, guided by second-year novices.

Novice director is Jesuit Father Tom Lamanna.

— National Jesuit News (Washington, D.C.)

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE – Samuel Green, an English professor and writer-in-residence at Seattle University, has been named the state’s first Poet Laureate by Gov. Christine Gregoire.

Prof. Green is the author of 10 poetry collections, and for more than 30 years has served as editor of a small press which focuses on the work of Washington poets.

The Poet Laureate post is a two-year term. The Poet Laureate builds awareness and appreciation of poetry through public readings, workshops, lectures, and presentations in communities and schools.

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Archdiocese of Seattle)

Diocese of Yakima

YAKIMA – Reach Youth Ministry will no longer be directly affiliated with the Diocese of Yakima. The program now will be part of Catholics in Action, an independent non-profit corporation focusing on youth and young adult ministry.

The change has nothing to do with any dissatisfaction on the part of the diocese. The change is the result of the diocese’s complex insurance liability coverage. “I am very sorry that Reach will no longer have a formal and direct relationship with our diocese,” said Yakima’s Bishop Carlos Sevilla SJ. He said he will continue to offer support and encouragement to the program.

Reach will field three evangelization teams, staffed by young adults age 18-21.

— Central Washington Catholic (Diocese of Yakima)

Diocese of Boise

BOISE – The present financial statement for the Boise Diocese reveals that while the diocese increased its net assets by $137,000, the result of investment returns and a generous bequest, the diocese is spending more than it is taking in. Last year the diocese showed a decrease of $1.36 million.

“We need to be very careful to either increase the sources of revenue or curtail the current expenditures or both,” said Finance Officer Patrick Crisler.

— Idaho Catholic Register (Diocese of Boise)

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