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 April 9, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

ST. BENEDICT – Benedictine Father Odo Recker has been appointed Director of Monastic Vocations for Mount Angel Abbey.

His duties will include recruitment, organizing discernment retreats, and assist men who are making application to become monks or seminary affiliates of Mount Angel Abbey.

The abbey is open to inquiry by men age 16-40. Father Odo can be reached at or by calling (503) 845-3242.

— Mount Angel Letter

PORTLAND – Father John Cihak, pastor of Sacred Heart-St. Louis Parish in Gervais, Ore., has been tapped to serve in the Roman Curia, in the Congregation for Bishops. The Congregation handles interaction between the Holy Father and the bishops of the world.

Father Cihak, 39, is believed to be the first Portland Archdiocese priest to be chosen to serve in a Curia post. Cardinal William Levada, who leads the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is former archbishop of Portland, but was originally ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Father Cihak will be writing letters and reports, preparing dossiers, and helping prepare briefings for Pope Benedict in advance of the pontiff’s meetings with bishops.

He leaves June 15 for his assignment in Rome.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE – The Cathedral of St. James will host an interfaith remembrance of the Holocaust on Thursday, April 16.

The Yom HaShoah event will commemorate the 6 million Jews who died during the Nazi persecution.

The event is co-sponsored by the Shemanski Foundation, Temple De Hirsh Sinai, Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry, and the Cathedral.

The event was held at the Cathedral two years ago. Last year’s commemoration was hosted by St. Mark Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle.

Observing Yom HaShoah is common in Jewish communities, but “having this event in a church, with a focus more on the non-Jewish community as opposed to the Jewish community, I think is a very powerful experience and a very powerful sign that this is not just a Jewish issue, that this is a human issue,” said Rabbi Daniel Weiner.

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Archdiocese of Seattle)

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