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Weber receives Traynor Award from Oregon Province
the Inland Register
(From the Sept. 9, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)
Don Weber (IR file photo)
St. Aloysius Parish Pastoral Minister Don Weber received the John Traynor Award for collaboration in Jesuit mission for his contributions to the spiritual ministry of Jesuits and colleagues throughout the Oregon Province. The award was present by Jesuit Father Patrick Lee, Provincial of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus.
“Don Weber’s devotion to good liturgy has made the parish a model of cohesive ministry,” Father Lee said. “His focus has given the parish a strong reputation as a prayerful and welcoming community. Don’s leadership has been outstanding due to his emphasis on quality ministry which has motivated good people to join an outstanding parish staff.”
Weber came to St. Aloysius Parish 26 years ago to be the parish youth minister and business manager. During his tenure, his responsibilities have grown to include that of parish administrator. He is credited for bringing unity and stability to the parish.
Weber is a participant in and founding member of the Spiritual Exercises for Every Day Living program, or SEEL, where he also serves on the Board of Directors. The program represents St. Aloysius Parish, Gonzaga University, Gonzaga Prep, and the Jesuit House Community. He has served on the Gonzaga Prep Board of Directors as well as on the Oregon Province’s parish and spirituality commission.
Prior to joining the St. Aloysius staff, Weber was the youth minister and director of religious education at St. Jude Parish in Havre, Mont.
The John Traynor Award was established in 2004 by the Oregon Province to honor a person who has shown leadership in fostering collaboration among lay people and Jesuits. Traynor was the first lay president of a Jesuit high school in the United States. Traynor retired in 2004 after nine years as president of Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane. Prior to serving as president, Traynor was principal of the school for six years. A Jesuit from 1962 to 1966, he died in November 2006 at age 66. Traynor was the first recipient of the award in 2004.