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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Washington State Knights of Columbus provide financial assistance to Spokane’s seminary

the Inland Register

(From the April 29, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Washington’s Knights of Columbus Councils are responding to a request to help pay off a construction loan needed to complete the new Bishop White Seminary, which was dedicated last spring. (IR photo courtesy of Bishop White Seminary)

The three bishops of Washington State recently made a request of each of the Knights of Columbus Councils to assist Bishop White Seminary in reducing the construction debt on the new building.

In a letter to the Councils, Archbishop Alex Brunett (Seattle), Bishop Carlos Sevilla SJ (Yakima), and Bishop Skylstad called upon the Knights to consider a three-five year pledge.

All three bishops send men to Bishop White Seminary for college formation.

To date, several of the Washington State Knights of Columbus Councils have responded to the bishops’ request.

“I am pleased with the response thus far, and look forward to getting 100 percent participation from all our Councils,” said Father Darrin Connall, rector of Bishop White. “The Knights of Columbus are well known for their support of priestly formation. I am truly grateful to all of my brother Knights for their support,” said Father Connall.

The original estimate on construction costs was obtained in 2002 when the fundraising efforts began. That campaign raised $10 million. Of the $10 million, $1.5 million was designated for the Annual Catholic Appeal; $1 million was designated for seminary operations for a year; $3 million was for seminary construction; and $4.5 million was designated for the seminary endowment.

The original plan was to have the building built and dedicated in 2006 – just in time for the 50th anniversary of the seminary. Fundraising was hampered by the changing global economic situation as well as the diocese’s Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganization, and construction was delayed.

In the ensuing time period, construction costs went up and the seminary was in need of extra funds to complete the project. As a result, a $900,000 construction loan was necessary to complete the facility. It is that debt which prompted the request for assistance from the Knights of Columbus.

Many of the State Councils are currently working on budgets and planning for ways to continue to assist the seminary in the months and years ahead.

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