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 Nov. 11, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE – Archbishop Alex Brunett blessed two Seattle University buildings Sept. 30: the school’s new Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons.

The $55 million project is the largest single investment SU had to promote acacdemic excellence and scholarly achievement.

Work included gutting the original 1966 Lemieux Library, and adding the commons structure, resulting in a combined size of 125,000 square feet.

SEATTLE – The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) met last month for its 79th annual educational conference at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.

Theme of the conference was “Restoring the Integrity of Medicine: a Christian Anthropology.”

According to Dr. Jan Hemstad of Moxee, Wash., CMA president-elect, “In many ways, there’s a disintegration of God in the practice of medicine.” The conference combines education and retreat opportunities. It is always held around Oct. 18, the feast of St. Luke, patron saint of doctors and surgeons.

The CMA, founded in 1932, has around 1,300 members around the country and seeks to uphold the principles of the faith in the science and practice of medicine.

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Archdiocese of Seattle)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – She’s 110 years old, a Methodist living in a Catholic nursing home/retirement center, born in Manitoba. She’s alert, mobile, and able to assert herself. So when Irene Huddle was asked how she prays at her age, her response – “It’s none of your business” – might not be so surprising.

She is described as “unflappable.” “I take things as they come and I’m very level-tempered,” she said. “It’s the only way to live.”

She also has the respect of other residents. One octogenarian described her as “a wonderful woman and a kind Christian woman. She’s also a tough lady.”

Huddle’s advice to her juniors (which is nearly everybody)?

“Just live a good, clean life.”

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

BILLINGS – Deacon Barton K. Stevens, a former Episcopal priest who converted to Catholicism, soon will become the first married priest in the Diocese of Great Falls- Billings.

Deacon Stevens, 35, and his wife Becky were married in August 1998. They have five children, three girls and two boys.

The Pastoral Provision issued in 1980 by Pope John Paul II paved the way for Deacon Stevens and other married Episcopal priests to become Catholic priests.

Episcopal priests seeking full communion with the Catholic Church are considered for ordination as Catholic priests, according to The Pastoral Provision.

Once accepted as candidates for priestly ordination the former Episcopal priests receive theological, spiritual, and pastoral preparation for ministry in the Catholic Church.

Deacon Stevens prepared for his ordination while serving for two years as a youth minister at St. Leo Church in Lewistown.

He was ordained a transitional deacon by Bishop Michael Warfel Aug. 17 at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral in Billings. Deacon Stevens is assigned as pastoral minister to the three-parish cluster of Holy Rosary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Little Flower churches in Billings.

His ordination to Catholic priesthood is scheduled Dec. 9, at at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral.

Bishop Michael Warfel, in his homily at the ordination, directed some of his comments to Stevens: “After an appropriate period of time, in which you function as a deacon,” he told Stevens, “I may proceed according to my discretion with your ordination to the Catholic priesthood. I note this today, not so much to announce your eventual ordination to the priesthood, but to remind you that every priest continues being a deacon even after their ordination to the priesthood. It is an essential dimension of ordained ministry.”

— The Harvest (Diocese of Great Falls-Billings)

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