Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Catholic Charities, diocese to offer adult faith formation day Oct. 17

the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 1, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Spokane recently announced that a diocesan day of adult faith formation, titled “A Journey of Faith,” will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17. The event will take place in the parish hall at Spokane’s St. Thomas More Parish, 505 W. St. Thomas More Way.

Scott Cooper, Catholic Charities Director of Parish Social Ministries, and Dominican Judith Nilles, diocesan Secretary for Evangelization, planned and organized the day.

Catholic Charities sponsored and funded similar events, “diocesan ministry gatherings,” in 2006 and 2007, as a replacement for the annual fall catechetical conferences once sponsored by the diocese’s Parish Services Office, said Cooper.

The goal of the Oct. 17 program, Cooper said, is to give the diocese as a whole an opportunity to come together for an adult faith formation experience.

In 2006, Bishop Skylstad addressed Pope Benedict’s first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est. About 160 people attended that event.

In 2007, the content was provided by the Center for Organizational Reform. “They walked us through the diocesan bankruptcy and settlement and what that has meant to us as individuals and as a diocesan community, in terms of our faith, our relationship to church, and all of that,” said Cooper. Attendance was only half that of the previous year, however, so 2008’s conference was cancelled.

This year, however, Catholic Charities has teamed with the diocese’s Evangelization Office to sponsor the event.

Speaking again will be Bishop Skylstad, who will discuss Pope Benedict’s newest encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, especially in terms of the global financial crisis.

Also presenting will be Mary Cronk Farrell, a Spokane children’s author, journalist, and former Inland Register columnist, talking about everyday Eucharistic spirituality, including the spirituality of family.

Dominican Sister Judith Nilles is the diocese’s Secretary for Evangelization.

“We certainly encourage all parishioners and catechists to attend this faith formation day,” Sister Judith said. “It will undoubtedly be a valuable experience for all concerned.”

The fee per person to attend the Oct. 17 event is $15, which includes lunch. For groups of five or more from one parish, the fee is $12 per person. Financial aid is available for those who otherwise could not attend; for information, call Cooper at (509) 358-4273. “We’re not going to turn anyone away,” he said.

To attend, RSVP by calling either (509) 358-4273 or (800) 831-1209.

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