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 Jan. 14, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – Holy Cross Father Thomas Doyle, a native of Colville, Wash., will be moving from his current post at the University of Portland to become vice president of student affairs at the University of Notre Dame.

Since 2004, Father Doyle has been on the staff of the University of Portland, serving in various capacities, most recently as executive vice president for the school. He has led the university relations office, handling development, marketing, communications, alumni relations, and events.

He also has served on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Northwest, the Portland Archdiocese’s Finance Council, and has been a much-requested speaker for groups both regionally and nationally.

Father Doyle holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School. From 2003-2006 he served as chief financial officer for the Indiana Province of the Congregation of the Holy Cross.

PORTLAND – The Portland Archdiocese’s Pastoral Assembly takes place every three years, an opportunity to re-focus parish work.

The Assembly convened last November, drawing more than 300 priests and members of parish pastoral councils.

During the weekend, councils were urged to consult parishioners in the work of pastoral planning from the start, so that the wider membership feels responsibility for the parish mission.

“At the end of the day, it’s the whole parish that will implement it,” said John Mikitka, president of the pastoral council of St. Matthew Parish, Hillsboro.

— Catholic Sentinel

Diocese of Baker

PENDLETON – The Northwest Catholic Men’s Conference will be held Feb. 26-27 at the Pendleton Convention Center.

The conference begins with Mass at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 and concludes around 5 p.m. the next day.

Speakers and multi-media presentations will focus on such topics as God’s mercy, the sacraments, prayer, saints and angels. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and a special Live Stations of the Cross will be presented. Breakout sessions will promote discussion of issues relevant to Catholics and other Christian men.

Speakers include Father Antoine Thomas of the Brothers of Saint John and EWTN; Father Carl Beekman from the Diocese of Rockford, Ill.; Dr. Donald DeMarco, author and professor at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Conn.; and Fathers Robert Greiner and Bailey Clemens from the Diocese of Baker, Ore.

The cost for the conference is $25, which includes snacks, breakfast, and lunch. Registration forms and additional information are available at or can be obtained by calling St. Mary Parish, Pendleton: 541-276-3615.

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