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 31, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Seattle

LACEY – St. Martin University mourned the loss of its president-elect, Bryan M. Johnston of Salem, Ore., who died suddenly June 7 at home. He was to have taken office July 1.

Serving as interim president will be Dr. David Spangler, who served as the school’s president from 1984-2005.

SEATTLE – Stephen Thomas Cavit, Composer in Residence for the Cathedral of St. James, was awarded a Northwest Regional Emmy Award for musical composition/arrangement last month. It is the fourth win for Cavit from the regional chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The award was given for his work for the Public Television series Community Stories.

Cavit is the Cathedral’s first composer in residence. He has worked with the children of the Cathedral’s Scola Cantorum to produce the CD Receive the Song, and with the Cathedral’s choir to premier his work And It Filled the House, which combines traditional Pentecost chants with electronic soundscapes.

SEATTLE – A group from Western Washington joined other pilgrims from around the world for World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, earlier this month.

At least eight parishes in the archdiocese sent delegations to World Youth Day, despite rising travel costs and the 8,000-mile trip.

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Archdiocese of Seattle)

Archdiocese of Portland

SALEM – The Serra Club now has a chapter in the Salem-Keizer area.

Serra International is dedicated to the spiritual growth of its members, and fostering vocations to the priesthood and Religious life. The club began in Seattle; Spokane was the second club chartered.

The chartering ceremony for Salem took place at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, with Auxiliary Bishop Kenneth Steiner presiding.

PORTLAND – The Portland Archdiocese gathered its youth ministers recently for a retreat on the Oregon Coast.

Around 20 youth ministers came together for the retreat, directed by Mike Patin of Lafayette, La., and Michael Horace of the archdiocese’s Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.

The retreat focused on prayer, Sabbath, rest, and reinforcing visions of ministry.

PORTLAND – A brother and sister team has been honored with one of the first achievement awards given by the Coordinating Committee to End Homelessness.

Holy Cross Father Richard Berg and his sister, Mary Sue Richen, spent 20 years ministering to the poor and frail of downtown Portland. Father Berg established the Macdonald Center, which provides assisted living care to dozens of low-income Portlanders. His sister has been part of the ministry from the start, especially in terms of activities that promote communal life.

“If it weren’t for this place, there would be 54 people on the street in pretty bad shape,” said Marylee King, Macdonald Center’s program director.

PORTLAND – The names of general contractors building a controversial Planned Parenthood site in Northeast Portland are being kept secret for the moment.

Although eventually she must know the names eventually, for the time being, the Portland city official in charge of the land deal would just as soon not know the names.

“I have not asked, because I have many people asking me and some of them take the names of the people involved in the project and make a lot of trouble,” said Sara King, who oversees urban renewal in the district for the Portland Development Commission.

— Catholic Sentinel (Portland)

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

HAYS – St. Paul Mission School was gutted by fire June 15.

Although no one was injured, damage was extensive, caused by arson. Two 15-year-old boys were charged with burglary, theft, and arson in the incident.

The future of the school is still under consideration. St. Paul served some 80-90 students, from kindergarten through sixth grade.

— The Harvest (Diocese of Great Falls-Billings)

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