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

Around the Diocese

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(From the Oct. 2, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Blessed Mother Teresa’s Feast Day

On Friday evening, Sept. 5, the Missionaries of Charity at St. Patrick School, Spokane, celebrated the feast day of their foundress, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Following Mass, there was a reception and a viewing of a movie about the life of Blessed Mother Teresa. The feast day ceremony was preceded by a nine-day novena. The Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, were the special guests. (IR Photo courtesy of St. Patrick School, Spokane)

Walla Walla student takes third place in national college film contest

Carl Canwell, a mass communications major at Walla Walla University in College Place, Wash., is the third-place winner in The Christophers’ annual video contest for college students.

The Christophers is an organization founded in 1945 which uses mass media to encourage individuals to make a positive difference in the world: that “it is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”

Canwell’s short film is titled “The Gospel,” a parable whose story of a young man’s life-changing encounter with a stranger is told entirely without dialogue.

GU president’s Life Principles program to be presented in Bellevue

Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, president of Gonzaga University, will be among the speakers at the 2008 Healing the Culture Conference and Expo Nov. 6-8 at the Hilton Bellevue.

The purpose of the conference is to offer training in the Life Principles curriculum, which was created by Father Spitzer. The program offers a philosophically-based, rational model for pro-life education.

Saturday evening Mass will be celebrated by Seattle’s Archbishop Alex J. Brunett. Among the speakers are Fox News commentator Wesley Smith and U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

The conference fee is $189 for registration before Sept. 30. Registration after September 30 is $229. Participants who complete all six plenary sessions and two workshops can receive Life Principles Course Certification. For more information or to register, log onto or call (425) 481-6563.

Queen of Peace cemetery opens

The Board of Directors of the Catholic Cemeteries of Spokane and Dennis Fairbank, the Director of the Cemeteries, are happy to announce that Queen of Peace Cemetery has opened.  On Friday, Sept. 12, the cemetery staff completed the ninth transfer of remains to the grounds of Queen of Peace. “These nine burials mark the beginning of this new witness of faith on the part of the Catholic community in Spokane,” said Msgr. John Steiner, co-Vicar General of the diocese.

The cemetery is located next to Immaculate Heart Retreat Center. “The spiritual tradition of the Retreat Center is now linked to the faith and hope of our traditions of the burial of the dead,” said Msgr. Steiner. “For those now laid to rest in this sacred ground and for all those who will share in that destiny, we join in the prayer of faith. May they rest in peace!”

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