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 May 1, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

OREGON
Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – The Oregon Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against two priests accused of sexually abusing a boy in the 1950s.

The suit named Benedictine Fathers Clement Frank and Louis Charvet, both now deceased.

The attorney representing the plaintiff said an appeal is possible.

Since 1950, the Portland Archdiocese and its insurers have spent more than $100 million to settle abuse cases. It is unknown how much has been spent by Religious orders serving Western Oregon Catholics.

ST. BENEDICT – Mount Angel Seminary presented its highest honor, the Lumen Gentium Award, to Portland Archbishop John Vlazny during the annual Appreciation Dinner last month.

The citation said that the Catholics of Western Oregon had been “inspired by his preaching and edified by the graceful way he presided at the liturgy. It took even less time for them to be put at ease in his presence.”

The citation expressed particular gratitude for the archbishop’s service to the diocese during the painful years of the abuse crisis and resulting Chapter 11 Reorganization.

“He was innocent of wrongdoing in conjunction with the cases. And yet, due to his office, he was forced to assume the heavy burden … There must have been plenty of occasions for worry and tears, but in public there was always the joy and hearty laughter that kept all of us going.”

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

MONTANA
Diocese of Helena

MISSOULA – Some 22 adults representing 13 parishes in Western Montana received certificates last month, marking completion of the Helena Diocese’s Program of Formation for Lay Ministers (PFLM).

The program provides a theological foundation for adults who seek to serve the Church in non-ordained ministry. Some already serve in parishes; others participate in order to deepen their understanding and appreciation of their faith.

HELENA – As the old school building was demolished, the cornerstone, laid nearly 100 years ago, was opened to reveal some fascinating treasures from the early days of St. Helena School, located near the Cathedral of St. Helena.

The cornerstone included a small box filled with items from June 1908. Among the objects: a copy of the Catholic Calendar and Home Magazine; a program for commencement exercises from the cathedral schools; and the June 16, 1908 edition of the Helena Daily Independent newspaper.

HELENA – The Diocese of Helena announced a $12 million capital campaign under the theme “from age to age.”

The campaign funds will be allocated to several aspects of the Church, including $2 million for the care of senior status priests, $1 million for priestly formation and development, and $4.3 million for youth ministry and young adult faith formation support.

— The Montana Catholic (Diocese of Helena)

WASHINGTON
Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE – Archbishop Alex J. Brunett has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Tyson as interim Catholic schools superintendent, effective July 1.

“This interim appointment will give us more time to continue the search for a superintendent of schools,” wrote the archbishop in a letter last month to pastors, educators, and others.

Bishop Tyson will succeed Sister Joyce Cox of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, superintendent since 2004. She is the new retreat director at the archdiocese’s Palisades Retreat and Faith Formation Center in Federal Way, Wash. She will also continue her role as the archbishop’s Delegate to Religious and Delegate for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.

Bishop Tyson knows the archdiocese’s Catholic schools system from personal experience. He attended Blessed Sacrament and St. Alphonsus schools, and graduated from Bishop Blanchet High School, all in Seattle.

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Archdiocese of Seattle)


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