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. 18, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

BEAVERTON – Father John Reedy, mentioned in this column upon the occasion of his 100th birthday, died Nov. 11. He had been a priest of the Portland Archdiocese of 73 years.

Although he served as a chaplain during World War II, he is perhaps most closely identified with parishes in Salem, where he was assigned as an associate pastor at St. Joseph after ordination, and then as pastor of St. Vincent for 29 years, until his retirement in 1979. He then moved back to St. Joseph, where he was in residence until his move to the priests’ retirement residence in Beaverton in 1993.

He remained focused until the end; at his 100th birthday party, he was the only one who noticed that the baker had misspelled his name on the cake.

PORTLAND – Four days before a billboard featuring the Virgin Mary was to appear near a Planned Parenthood construction site, the buildings’ developers razed the sign structure.

Planned Parenthood denies involvement in the decision to level the billboard. “Whoever owns the land has the say,” said Liz Delapoer, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood.

Spokespersons for the developers did not return calls for comment.

SALEM – Father Tim Mokaitis, pastor of Queen of Peace Parish, has published a book chronicling his experiences when he was secretly audio taped while celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation with a jailed inmate.

It was the first time a violation of the seal of confession was alleged in a capital case in the United States. The incident provoked a legal firestorm over issues of religious liberty and the separation of church and state.

The book is titled The Seal and is published by XLibris books.

The parish hosted a signing party for the author earlier this month.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

Diocese of Helena

HELENA – The Helena Diocese hosted its first junior high youth convocation in almost two decades last month at the Cathedral of St. Helena.

More than 250 students, plus high-school age assistants, adults, and chaperones took part in “Extreme Makeover, Temple Edition.” Keynote talks focused on the theme “We Are His Temple.”

— Montana Catholic (Diocese of Helena)

Diocese of Boise

BOISE – Bishop Michael Driscoll announced Nov. 11 that nine priests of the Boise Diocese had been elevated to the rank of monsignor: Joseph daSilva, John Donoghue, James Hallissey, George King, John McGoldrick, John Morgan, Timothy O’Donovan, Andrew Schumacher, and Dennis Wassmuth.

At 96, Msgr. McGoldrick is the oldest of the monsignori.

— Idaho Catholic Register (Diocese of Boise)

Archdiocese of Seattle

LACEY — Ken F. Parsons, chairman of the board of trustees of Saint Martin’s University, has announced that Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., will be the University’s new president.

Dr. Heynderickx currently serves as the vice president for finance and administration at the University of San Diego and will assume his duties as Saint Martin’s 10th president on Jan. 1, 2009.

A native of the Northwest, Dr. Heynderickx earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Oregon in 1975, an M.B.A. from the University of Portland in 1983, and his Ph.D. in education administration from the University of Oregon in 1992.

“Dr. Heynderickx’ ... Pacific Northwest roots are a real plus,” said Parsons.

— Saint Martin’s University Press Release

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