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

by Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

(From the Sept. 30, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – In his column for the Sept. 3-16 edition of the Catholic Sentinel, Oregon’s Catholic newspaper, Portland’s Archbishop John Vlazny welcomed Spokane’s Bishop Blase Cupich to the Northwest.

“Pope Benedict XVI has often reminded our priests that their communion is more important than ever nowadays,” wrote Archbishop Vlazny. “He encourages priests not to drift into isolation and to meet with one another regularly. In his own words, ‘No priest is a priest on his own; we are a presbyterate and it is only in communion with the bishop that each one can carry out his service.’ The Holy Father goes on to say that the same is true of bishops. ‘No bishop is a bishop on his own but only a bishop in the college, in the great communion of bishops.’

“On your behalf, I welcome Bishop Cupich to the Catholic dioceses of the Northwest. We are indeed a large region with many voices. But with such a wonderful director as the Holy Spirit guiding the work of bishops, together we can overcome whatever dissonance may occur from time to time and make the great music of faith ring out here in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Welcome, Bishop Cupich! Ad multos annos!”

PORTLAND – Supporters, staff, and friends of Catholic Charities gathered earlier this month for the dedication of the organization’s new Clark Family Center.

Archbishop John Vlazny blessed the center after an hour-long ceremony on the fourth floor of the new 60,000-square foot building.

The project was funded entirely by a $13 million capital campaign that culminated in 2008.

By moving into the building, the organization will save more than $100,000 in lease payments annually.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

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