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. 3, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Seattle

LACEY — The Saint Martin’s University Chorale, in collaboration with the Office of Campus Ministry and the Office of International Programs and Development, will usher in the Christmas season with the annual Procession of Carols and Candlelight Mass on Sunday, Dec. 6.

Between 5:30-6:20 p.m., guests are invited to stroll the festively decorated halls of Old Main. The Saint Martin’s Chorale will be performing old and new holiday favorites on the second floor. On the fourth floor, Saint Martin’s international students will be presenting a variety of food, music, and holiday traditions from their native countries, showcasing Christmas around the globe.

At 7 p.m., guests can proceed to the Candlelight Mass in the Abbey Church, featuring the student liturgy choir. A prelude to the Mass, performed by the Saint Martin’s Chorale, begins at 6:30 p.m.

The evening will conclude in Old Main’s Saint Gertrude Dining Hall at 8 p.m., where Benedictine Abbot Neal Roth will bless the Christmas tree.

— Saint Martin University

SEATTLE – A veteran St. Vincent de Paul Society volunteer received the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Mayor’s End Hunger Awards.

Suzanne Keller has been a St. Vincent volunteer for nearly 35 years. Among her duties: collecting donations of bread from bakeries and bringing them to the Georgetown Food Bank, often slicing the loaves herself.

And she does it all utilizing public transportation. “Somehow she manages to arrive with bread sacks the size of which dwarf Santa’s bag,” said Food Bank manager Pete O’Brien.

Kellar said she draws inspiration from her mother, who fed the hungry who came to her doorstep during the Great Depression.

“Mother didn’t always have a lot, but she would at least try to give people a sandwich,” said Kellar.

SEATTLE – Drawings and sculptural models by Michelangelo will be displayed through Jan. 31 at the Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave.

The exhibit details the working process that led to some of his most famous masterpieces, including the frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

A museum press release noted the rarity of the collection, citing biographer Georgio Vasari, who said that Michelangelo burned most of his drawings and other preparatory works before his death “so that no one should see the labors he endured and the way he tested his genius, and lest he should appear less than perfect.”

— Catholic Northwest Progress

Diocese of Boise

BOISE – Keith Pettyjohn, “a farm kid from Walla Walla,” is the new owner of two radio stations which will broadcast Catholic programming in southwest Idaho as “Salt and Light Radio.”

KGEM, 1140 AM, is located in Boise, and KCID, 1490 AM, in Caldwell. The Caldwell operation will be entirely in Spanish.

Nationally, 153 stations are classified as Catholic. Six more are anticipated by the end of the year, according to Stephen Gajdosik, president of the Catholic Radio Association.

— Idaho Catholic Register

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – Attorneys for those accusing Northwest Jesuits of sexual abuse are reporting more clients than anyone expected.

When the lawyers add it all up, the number is approaching 500, says a report in the University of Seattle newspaper. About 80 Jesuits are mentioned in the suits, most from alleged abuse in Alaska. The deadline for filing was Nov. 30, a date set by a judge handling the Oregon Province of Jesuits bankruptcy, filed in February.

When he filed for bankruptcy, Jesuit Father Patrick Lee, the provincial, estimated about 200 claims pending or threatened.

The Province says it has already settled more than 200 claims since 2001, paying more than $25 million of its own money in addition to funds from insurers.

Lawyers and survivors of abuse traveled through the Northwest urging accusers to come forward before the deadline.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

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