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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 Sept. 10, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocese of Boise

POST FALLS – St. George Parish in Post Falls is hosting a Eucharistic Day of Renewal on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The day will include recitation of the rosary, Mass, Eucharistic adoration, and speakers, among whom are Father Victor Blazovich, pastor of St. Patrick and St. Francis Xavier parishes in Spokane, and Sister Mary Eucharista of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, Spokane.

There is no charge; free will offerings will be accepted. Lunch is available for $5 per person, or participants can bring their own.

For information or to order lunch, call 208-773-8313, 509-891-7302, or 509-868-3875.

St. George Church is located at 2010 N. Lucas in Post Falls.

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Mercy Sister RoseMary Boessen is the recipient of the 2009 Lumen Christi Award from the Catholic Church Extension Society, recognizing her lifelong efforts in the mission diocese of Boise, Idaho.

The honor, announced Aug. 13, brings with it $50,000 to be split between the recipient and the diocese.

In nominating Sister RoseMary, Boise Bishop Michael P. Driscoll noted that Sister Boessen had “dedicated her life to the people of southern Idaho, developing religious education programs, establishing a foster home for teenage girls, ministering to prisoners, and supporting and empowering the growing Hispanic population in the area.”

— Catholic News Service (Washington, D.C.)

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE – The Diocese of Spokane is not the only church in the Northwest anticipating a change in leadership in the coming months. In his column for the Aug. 20 edition of his archdiocesan newspaper, Archbishop Alex J. Brunett talked about his own potential retirement as head of the Church in Western Washington:

“As I have reached the age of 75, Pope Benedict XVI will choose my successor … sometime in the not too distant future. Although the details of the process leading up to this transition are confidential – and there is no way of knowing precisely when this selection will be made – a number of well-established steps precede the appointment of any bishop or archbishop….

“I pledge my support and prayer to all those involved in this process,” wrote Archbishop Brunett. “The pope has a special fondness for us here in the Archdiocese of Seattle, and I am confident that he will select someone who is well qualified to serve and that he will give us a shepherd with the pastoral heart of the Good Shepherd and a love of all God’s people.

“I ask each of you to pray each day for the selection of our new archbishop. At the same time, I am grateful and hopeful that he will find a vibrant community of believers here, and the support and love of the priests, Religious and laity who serve with dedication, compassionate love, and dynamic hope for the future. That has been my experience, and I know it will be no different for my successor.”

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Archdiocese of Seattle)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – The Portland Archdiocese will host the 2009 annual convention of Catholic Charities USA Sept. 23-26.

The theme of the conference is “Journey to Reduce Poverty in America.” Keynote speaker is CNN newsman and presidential advisor David Gergen, who will talk about the intersection of church and state in reducing poverty.

The event includes 40 workshops covering subjects for social service professionals in a troubled economy. Agencies will share information on successful practices.

MILWAUKIE – Men rarely talk deeply about their heart-felt feelings and beliefs. But, say leaders of the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Milwaukie, it’s in the process of sharing with others that men discern their innermost beliefs and face their most profound questions.

The center is hosting a six-month series called the Men’s Wisdom Circle, September-February. Participants will explore topics from the Bible, spiritual writings, and life experiences.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

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