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

Spokane’s St. Joseph Family Center
inaugurates ‘the Franciscan Place’

Story and photo by Mitch Finley, Inland Register staff

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

From left: Franciscan Sister Celeste Crine, Coordinator of Spirituality and Healing Arts for The Franciscan Place at St. Joseph Family Center; Barbara Burkart, one of the Center’s spiritual directors; and Sharon Eklund, Coordinator of Hospitality. (IR photo)

During the early evening hours of Thursday, Oct. 2, a steady stream of visitors arrived at Spokane’s St. Joseph Family Center, 1016 N. Superior St, east of the Gonzaga University neighborhood. The occasion was an open house to launch a new secondary identity for the Center, dubbed “The Franciscan Place” by the Center’s Franciscan Place Committee. Sampling tasty snacks and beverages, visitors toured the Franciscan Place’s attractively furnished rooms and chatted with staff and board members.

St. Joseph Family Center is well known for its counseling and related services. Less well known is the fact that inviting, affordable comfortable facilities are available for group and private retreats, meetings, and workshops. Also available by appointment are spiritual direction, massage, Reflexology, Tai Chi Chih, Yoga, and Qi-Gong . These services are what the Franciscan Place at St. Joseph Family Center is about.

“The mission of St. Joseph Family Center has always been holistic,” said Franciscan Sister Celese Crine, director of the Center. “Hospitality, healing arts, and spirituality are as important as our counseling services, but they aren’t as well known as we want them to be. That’s what the ‘Franciscan Place’ is about. It’s not just the buildings, but the place, and the atmosphere that we try to create. It’s Franciscan because of our own spirit, from the beginning, and the integration of all of creation. It’s a way to draw attention to the other services that we’ve had but that have kind of gone unnoticed.”

The Franciscan Place Sister Celeste said, “is about all that we do here becoming more integrated, so that the services offered by the Franciscan Place both compliment and supplement the counseling services that we offer. We provide a space where people can step away from the craziness of everyday and take time to be more reflective and aware of their own personal growth humanly as well as spiritually.”

She said that the facilities and services of the Franciscan Place are available to those “from any religious tradition who would like to experience meditation, spiritual direction, retreats, the healing arts, or who would like homey, more serene, in-Spokane facilities for meetings.”

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