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Bishop’s Medal awarded to Father Stan Malnar during annual Catholic Charities dinner

the Inland Register

(From the May 22, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Skylstad presented the Bishop’s Medal to Father Stan Malnar MD. (IR photo from Catholic Charities Spokane)

Over 170 guests celebrated the 29th annual Bishop’s Dinner at the Spokane Club on May 2. A fundraiser for the 15 programs of Catholic Charities, the formal event includes a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, followed by a four-course gourmet meal.

Dr. Rob McCann, Catholic Charities Executive Director, thanked attendees for having “given Catholic Charities such a special place in your hearts and souls for so many years.” He outlined some of the agency’s accomplishments over the past year, which included building LEED gold-certified housing in Pasco for agricultural worker families, and keeping the House of Charity open all year long.

He also spoke of goals for the next year, including raising funds for the remodeling of Catholic Charities’ new “home” at the corner of 5th and Division.

Bishop William Skylstad spoke of his profound gratitude for the work of Catholic Charities and those who support it. He mentioned that during Pope Benedict’s recent trip to the United States, the Holy Father continually expressed the theme of hope, of wanting to know how the Church can help people be better. This is also the theme and the work of Catholic Charities, said Bishop Skylstad.

Bishop Skylstad presented the Bishop’s Medal, an award given annually to someone who has served the Diocese of Spokane by offering significant gifts of time, talent or treasure to Catholic Charities. This year’s recipient was Father Stan Malnar MD, whose ministry includes medicine as well as the priesthood.

In characteristic fashion, Father Malnar immediately turned the glory onto others, mentioning the inspiration of Donna Hanson and many significant people in his past, many of whom were present at the event, who had helped him to offer others the healing light of Christ, including the recipients of that service. He expressed his appreciation for having been invited into the lives of others. “We are here for other people’s journey,” Father Malnar said.

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