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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Religious communities offer opportunities for laity participation at St. Aloysius next month

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 25, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

“Exploring Charisms,” a weekend opportunity for laity to discover new avenues for spiritual development and ministry in company with Religious communities of the Inland Northwest, is scheduled for the weekend of March 13–14 at St. Aloysius Parish, 330 E. Boone Ave., Spokane.

The weekend coincides with the closing days of the annual Novena of Grace and offers individuals insights into continuing spiritual growth. Displays and information will be available in the church’s O’Malley Hall after all weekend Masses and Novena services. O’Malley Hall is located in the lower level of the church.

Many Religious orders have established forms of auxiliary membership for laity, called associates, allowing persons to share in the charism of an without becoming vowed Religious. With the development of new ministries to meet contemporary challenges, Religious orders have recognized the need to share, not only their works, but also the prayer and community dimensions of their lives with others not called to vowed life. Friendship, mission focus and shared vision draw individuals, both men and women, together in solidarity.

Representatives from several local Religious communities will be available to share forms of participation in the spiritual life and mission of their congregations. Their displays will highlight associate programs, oblate membership, short- and long-term mission projects, and other forms of association that are growing worldwide. Among those scheduled to be represented are: Providence Associates (Sisters of Providence), Benedictine Oblates of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, SNJM Associates (Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary), Franciscan Companions (Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia), Franciscan Associates (Francis-can Sisters of Perpetual Adoration), and SEEL (Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in Everyday Life).

Additional information, retreats and other follow-up opportunities will be made available to visitors. For more information, call 313-7006.

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