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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


October 23, 2008

by Father Tom Caswell, for the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 23, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

From Vol. 16, No. 11, of the Inland Register

Fifty Years Ago: Oct. 24, 1958

New Walla Walla High School Planned

Bids on Up-to-Date Structure will be Opened on October 28

With the date of the opening bids on the proposed new Central Catholic High School at Walla Walla, Wash., set for Oct. 28, the first step will be taken toward providing for students in the area the modern school building designed by the Spokane architectural firm of Culler, Gale, Martell, and Norrie.

The new school – which will feature an ultra-modern chapel of tinted ceiling-high plate-glass behind a lacery of concrete – will be located on East Sumach Street, just east of Borleske Stadium on land recently purchased from Whitman College.

The main building, which will be of one-story concrete and concrete block construction, will accommodate 500 people from St. Patrick’s, Assumption, and St. Francis’ Parishes in Walla Walla, as well as students from Milton-Freewater, Waitsburg, Prescott, and rural areas within a 20-mile radius.

Proposed plans for the building, reproduced above, provide for a main school building, a chapel, a separate building for shop with a basement for maintenance equipment, a music building, a parking lot for 106 cars, a football practice field, baseball field, and a 440-yard track.

Corridor and library join the front wing of the back wing, with the library overlooking a courtyard between the two wings.

One novel feature of the cafeteria-gymnasium wing is the front out-jut of the multi-purpose cafeteria section – an architectural means of eliminating the gym as a “scene stealer.” The cafeteria will have a stage, kitchen facilities, snackbar and sisters’ dining room. The gymnasium, designed with a regulation playing floor for basketball, will seat 1,400 and, with bleachers retracted, can be divided into two physical education areas.

The project, under the supervision of Bishop Topel and Father Charles D. Skok, Chancellor, will accommodate 300 students – and is designed to expand to a capacity of 600 students.

Building committee for the projected school includes Monsignor Hugo Pautler, pastor of St. Patrick’s; Father Albert Austen, pastor of Assumption Parish; Father Paul Goergen, pastor of St. rancis’; and Earl Cochran, Ben Grote, Jr.; Frank LeRoux, Neal Lonnecker, Joe Locati, Jr.; Remo Lucarelli, Rex Brumbach, and Owen Coombe.

Msgr. Pautler Reviews Pilgrimage to Europe

Walla Walla – From Quebec to Liverpool to Paris to Lourdes to Rome, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, the Iron Curtain, Holland and Belgium.

The “terrific glory” of it all, the “unbelievable vastness” and beauty of the Cathedrals and the glorious ending – “coming home again.”

Listeners and viewers perceived more than a birds-eye view of the splendor and richness of Europe as a benefit travelogue featuring Rt. Rev. Monsignor Hugo Pautler Sunday, Sept. 28, in St. Patrick’s Auditorium. The Monsignor presented his first public viewing of invaluable slides taken during his recent trip to Europe. The sponsor, the Walla Walla Deanery Council of Catholic Women, proceeds going in part to the Spokane diocesan council to assist in the sending of Mrs. T.E. Kelley, diocesan president, to the national convention just ended in St. Louis, Mo.

Mrs. J.J. Baker chairmaned the event with Mrs. William Beaver, co-chairman; Mrs. Edward Hickey and Mrs. John Nash, dining room; and Mrs. Fred Zuger, cashier. Mrs. Frank Gustafson thanked Monsignor on behalf of the council, welcoming guests. Mesdames M. P. Herres, Sr., and Jr., presided at the tea table set with lace and a floral arrangement of pink asters flanked by ink swirled tapers. – (Mrs. Gene Gerkey, Correspondent)


From Vol. 41, No. 9, of the Inland Register

25 Years Ago: Oct. 26, 1983

New Endowment Fund Added to Catholic Foundation

(by Steven E. Beaird – Development Director)

A new endowment fund has been added to the permanent funds managed by the Catholic Foundation of the Spokane Diocese. The fund is called the St. Thomas More Newman Center Endowment Fund.

“Earnings from the fund will serve the ongoing needs of the Newman Center at Washington State University,” said Father David Brumbach, pastor. The Newman Center Fund was created as a result of a sale of the old Newman Center property in Pullman.

Approximately $24,000 has been placed in the Catholic Foundation for the Newman Center endowment fund. An additional $82,000 will be added during the next 20 years due to contract payments on the sale, according to Father Brumbach.

“Newman Center endowment assets will be invested with other Foundation assets to take advantage of high rates of return made possible by investing larger amounts with minimum transaction costs,” said Phil Kuharski, treasurer of the Foundation. During the fiscal year ending this past June 30, the Foundation earned a 17.6 percent return on assets, including unrealized gains.

The Catholic Foundation was incorporated in 1981 at the direction of Bishop Lawrence Welsh. It consists of a group of permanent funds which are invested. Earnings from funds are distributed annually according to the purpose for which funds are established.

This past June, the Catholic Foundation distributed more than $83,000 to Catholic groups throughout Eastern Washington. The next distribution of Catholic Foundation earnings will take place in June 1984.

(Father Caswell is archivist and Ecumenical Relations Officer for the Diocese of Spokane, and a regular contributor to this publication.)


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