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 Oct. 22, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

ST. BENEDICT – On Sept. 13, Benedictine Father Edmund Smith, former pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Othello, celebrated his 50th anniversary as a monk of Mount Angel Abbey by renewing his vows during a Mass of Thanksgiving.

Father Edmund was born into a large Catholic family in the French Prairie area of the Willamette Valley, south of Portland. He entered Mount Angel Seminary High School as a freshman. Six years later he entered the monastic community as a novice. He made profession Sept. 8, 1959. In 1967 he completed a master’s degree at Fordham in catechetical/applied theology.

He was vice-rector and later dean of Mount Angel Seminary High School before serving five years as the abbey’s prior. That was followed by several years of parish work, including his time in Othello. Father Edmund returned to the abbey in 2002 as procurator and, now, director of the retreat house.

— Mount Angel Abbey

BEAVERTON – A healing retreat for military personnel – active duty, retired, veterans, and family members – is set for Dec. 4-6 at Our Lady of Peace Retreat House in Beaverton. The retreat is meant as a place of rest and healing from the trauma of war.

Leading the retreat is Father Michael Drury of the Helena Diocese. He is a former military chaplain now serving three parishes in north-central Montana.

For information, call (503) 649-7127, or e-mail sisters@

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

Diocese of Helena

HELENA – Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired Archbishop of Washington, D.C., received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Carroll College last month. The degree recognized his lifetime commitment to social justice.

In his acceptance speech, the cardinal said that “Those of us who have resources have to share them…. We need you, America, to reach out even if it hurts us at home.”

During a question-and-answer session, the cardinal said that “As you get old you don’t worry as much about the bad things you have done … but about the things you failed to do.

“Pray for the virtue of charity,” he said. “I do believe in prayer and I do believe in the Lord’s goodness and I do believe that he helps us to do what he wants us to do.”

— The Montana Catholic (Diocese of Helena)

BILLINGS – In the October edition of his column, “Always to Walk in Christ,” Bishop Michael Warfel discussed pro-life issues.

“It is a mystery to me how some people can work so diligently to end abortion yet readily support the execution of a person sitting on death row. It is likewise a mystery to me how some people can work tirelessly to make access to health care universal, yet include access to abortion as a part of health care. It is a mystery to me how some people can be so inconsistent in the way they address matters concerning human life. It is not a mystery to me that some of these people are in actually most of us people. It seems that we all tend to place our emphasis on certain issues while ignoring others. As Catholics, the challenge is to be consistent in how we face issues concerned with human life, from conception to death.

… (I)t is important to remember that Catholic teaching is not contingent on the degree of innocence or guilt which may rest upon a particular person. In a literal sense, none of us is “innocent”; even the unborn carry the stain of original sin that must be washed away by the waters of Baptism. And those of us who have attained some longevity in life likely have to answer for a multitude of personal sins. Every human being, the unbon child as much as the mass murderer, is in need of redemption. It is God’s desire that all people may experience this redemption that is offered to us through Christ.

— The Harvest (Diocese of Great Falls-Billings)

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