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 Dec. 4, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – “A Future Full of Hope,” a fund-raising event to support the education of seminarians, raised more than a half-million dollars last month, topping last year’s event by nearly $100,000.

Hosted by The Abbey Foundation of Oregon and Mount Angel Seminary, the evening included performances by “La Tuna,” a group of seminarian singers; personal stories told by various seminarians; and a student-produced video on seminary life.

A seminarian choir directed by sister Teresa Gould closed the evening.

“There is an amazing array of talents among our seminarians,” said Benedictine Father Paschal Cheline, interim president-rector of Mount Angel Seminary. “These are a gifted group of young men who will be excellent priests.”

Steve English, president of The Abbey Foundation Board, said, “The response to this year’s event was particularly inspiring in light of the economic challenges around us.”

SALEM – Like the poet said, it’s a small world, after all.

St. Joseph Parish has taken a step further into the global village by producing its bulletin each week in not one, not two, but three languages: English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

The parish’s Spanish-language sacramental preparation class has an enrollment of 250 on Sunday mornings, with another 200 students attending classes in the evening.

PORTLAND – The 59-year-old director of campus ministry at the University of Portland, Holy Cross Father Bill Dorwart, has enlisted in the U.S. Navy – for the third time.

Father Dorwart first served as a 17-year-old from Sidney, Neb. That experience provided him with his first view of the ocean.

He returned to the military in 1985 and was assigned as chaplain to Marines stationed on Okinawa. “I wanted to be where the need was,” he said.

This third hitch reflects similar concerns.

“I can’t think of a more important place to be, especially at wartime,” said Father Dorwart. “That’s what draws me back now. If we weren’t at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, I’d be happy to stay at the University of Portland.”

He is former regional superior for the Holy Cross Fathers’ Indiana Province. He has been at the University of Portland since 2004.

Nearly 30 percent of Navy and Marine Corps personnel are Catholic, but only about 7 percent of the chaplains are Catholic priests.

– Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

Diocese of Yakima

YAKIMA – John Young, executive director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Yakima, has been chosen to serve as vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities USA. The appointment was announced in September.

Young has served as a CCUSA trustee since 2004 and the Board’s treasurer from 2006-2008.

He previously held Catholic Charities positions in Mobile, Ala., and Memphis, Tenn.

— Central Washington Catholic (Diocese of Yakima)

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE – Two Seattle Archdiocese housing authority programs serving Seattle’s over-50 homeless population are in danger of scaling back their services without financial assistance from the city council.

St. Martin de Porres Shelter and the Lazarus Day Center face budget shortfalls of $41,000 and $44,000, respectively. At present, the agencies operate 365 days a year; without the city funding, they will likely be forced to close their doors two days a week, beginning next spring.

St. Martin de Porres provides dinner, shelter, showers, laundry and other services for 212 homeless men, age 50 and above, each night from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m. Lazarus Day Center provides lunch and daytime shelter for homeless and marginally housed men and women, age 50 and over, from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Archdiocese of Seattle)

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