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 July 3, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

ST. BENEDICT – Benedictine Father Bernard Sander, long-time seminary educator and administrator, as well as a champion of lay spirituality, died last month at the age of 89.

He was born in Tillamook, Ore., and entered the Benedictine community of Mount Angel in the late 1930s. He served the community’s seminary as a rector, spiritual director, and teacher for many years of his priestly ministry.

Father Bernard also served as Guest Master and director of the abbey’s Retreat House, and also helped establish and guide a summer spirituality conference tailored specifically for families. He was oblate director as well.

“It’s natural for husbands and wives to learn to apply the Rule of St. Benedict to their family lives,” he said during a 2001 interview. “I’m personally convinced that it’s such a source of beautiful and simple spirituality that it’s very useful.”

PORTLAND – For 95 of their 150 years, the Paulist Fathers have staffed St. Philip Neri Parish n Southeast Portland.

As part of the celebration of its 150 years of ministry, the Paulists in Portland celebrated an anniversary Mass last month at St. Philip Neri. Portland’s Archbishop John Vlazny was the principal celebrant of Mass.

PORTLAND – Jim Buck, Executive Director of the Oregon School Personnel Association, has been chosen as Board President of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO).

Buck is a member of St. Henry Parish, Gresham, Ore.

EMO is a statewide association of Christian denominations, which sponsors ministry, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, environmental projects, and public policy advocacy.

“We’re not called to perfection in this life, but I believe each of us is called to both holiness and to wholeness as one people on this one Earth,” he said. “We can’t achieve this alone, which is why we have church and organizations like EMO.”

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE – The Mother Joseph Province of the Sisters of Providence was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Seattle University during commencement exercises on June 15.

The university recognized the Sisters “for their compassionate service and commitment to social justice.”

Pictured: Providence Sister Shirley Smith (center) is congratulated by Phyllis Campbell, chair of the Seattle University board of trustees, after accepting an honorary doctorate from Jesuit Father Stephen V. Sundborg, president of the university. Sister Shirley accepted the award on behalf of the Sisters of the Province. (IR photo by Kevin Casey, courtesy of the Sisters of Providence)

— Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province

Diocese of Helena

CONRAD – The Helena Diocese will conduct its two-year Program of Formation for Lay Ministers (PFLM) at St. Michael Church, Conrad. The program was last offered in 2002-2004 in Valier, completed by 30 individuals from 10 different parishes.

PFLM provides “a formative foundation in Catholic pastoral theology for adults,” for those either involved in parish ministry or interested in becoming involved. Participants attend eight education weekends per year for two years.

— The Montana Catholic (Diocese of Helena)

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