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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

Around the Diocese

the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 21, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

‘A Taste of the Spiritual Exercises’ at Gonzaga Prep next month

Gonzaga Prep, 1224 E. Euclid in Spokane, is offering “A Taste of the Spiritual Exercises,” on Saturday, Sept. 6, 9-11 a.m. in the Chapel of the Three Companions.

The session will offer what is described as “a brief taste” of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. According to the Jesuits’ Oregon Province web site, the exercises “present a formulation of Ignatius’s spirituality in a series of prayer exercises, thought experiments, and examinations of consciousness – designed to help a retreatant (usually with the aid of a spiritual director) to experience a deeper conversion into life with God in Christ, to allow our personal stories to be interpreted by being subsumed in a Story of God.”

Saturday’s exercises are designed to assist participants in opening their hearts “to intimacy with God with the goal of spiritual freedom; freedom to freely choose a mutual relationship with God that manifests itself in your everyday choices.”

Neither reservations nor RSVP are required. For more information, call Barry Barfield, Director of Campus Ministry, 509-483-8511, extension 411, or e-mail

Catholic Charities’ St. Margaret Shelter wins Family Strengthening Award

Catholic Charities’ St. Margaret Shelter, an emergency and transitional shelter for homeless women and their children and mothers with high-risk newborns in Spokane, has won Catholic Charities USA’s 2008 Family Strengthening Award, including $25,000.

The annual awards program, which has been made possible by the generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, aims to recognize and award exceptional programs that take a holistic approach to providing services that support healthy family relationships, work to improve a family’s overall financial situation, and enhance the community where the families live.

“St. Margaret Shelter is one of the most innovative programs in the Catholic Charities network working to strengthen families and reduce poverty in America,” said Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA. “By connecting low-income parents to the supports and opportunities that they need to be economically stable, this wonderful program is helping families build a better life, and ultimately, a stronger community in Spokane. We need more programs like St. Margaret’s if we are going to cut poverty in half by 2020,” said Father Snyder.

“The families we work with come from a variety of backgrounds, but all are headed by women,” said Dr. Rob McCann, executive director of Catholic Charities Spokane. “Some of them are coming from incarceration or treatment facilities, some are fleeing domestic violence, and others are living in their cars. Many of the mothers and / or their children are struggling with mental health, addiction, and / or physical health issues.”

St. Margaret provides much more than a roof over a family’s head. It strives to improve a family’s self-sufficiency and economic condition by providing case management, tutoring, parenting classes, and life skills and job training. Once families leave the shelter, many supportive services continue.

Arrows of Light

In the Arrow of Light Ceremony, Cub Scouts graduate to Boy Scouts. The Arrow of Light Award is the highest honor for a Cub Scout. This summer, three Cub Scouts from Pack 258 at Spokane’s St. Patrick School Boy Scouts in Troop 258. They are, left to right, Aiden Nett, Sean Lyonnais, and Alex Kassa. (IR photo from St. Patrick School, Spokane)

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