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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Cataldo School incorporates; inaugural Board of Directors appointed

the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 2, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Spokane’s Cataldo School has been granted permission to become a non-profit corporation in the State of Washington, after Bishop Blase Cupich recently approved the foundational documents and granted the canonical status of “public juridic person” to Cataldo.

The school is still part of the Spokane Diocese, but a new lay Board of Directors is now responsible for how diocesan policies will be localized.

In preparation for this move, the pastors of St. Augustine and Sacred Heart parishes – Fathers Robert McNeese and Mark Pautler, respectively – and Father Steve Dublinski, rector of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, have been working with an interim Board of Directors at Cataldo since last spring. The interim Board developed the constitution and bylaws for Cataldo to become incorporated. Cataldo will now be governed by a lay Board of Directors that will operate as a board of limited jurisdiction, which means it as a policy-making board. In addition to these governance duties, the Board will support the principal and faculty who are immediately responsible for the daily life of the school.

With incorporation now official, members of the initial Cataldo Board of Directors have been appointed. The new constitution requires membership of the Board to include one Pastor Director, and 6-10 “Community Directors” – Catholics registered in a parish, and who have received a recommendation from their pastor. Each member parish must be represented on the Board. At least three Directors will not have children currently enrolled in Cataldo. The Board also includes the diocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools and the other pastors as ex officio non-voting members.

“We have reached beyond the membership of the Interim Board, inviting members of our parishes who are willing to contribute their skills and expertise to Cataldo and to the parishes,” said Father Mark Pautler, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish and the diocese’s Judicial Vicar and Chancellor. “We are most grateful to all who have expressed their interest.

“The witness of Catholic faith and life by members of the Board will foster the ecclesial communion of the school with the parishes,” said Father Pautler. “Cataldo manifests the commitment of our parishes to evangelize our children. Our Cataldo families profess their faith through participation in the life of the parish, especially its sacramental life. Our non-Catholic families come to Cataldo seeking more than an education for their children. They also seek spiritual and moral formation based upon our Catholic faith. Through the witness of faith provided by our Catholic families, we fulfill the great commission, ‘Go and make disciples.’”

The pastors have designated Father McNeese of St. Augustine Parish as the Pastor Director.

The Community Directors are:

• Lori Arpin, St. Augustine, non-parent
• Susan Bloom, St. Augustine, non-parent
• Betsy Frazier, Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, parent
• Sean Mee, Sacred Heart, parent
• Brian Gosline, Sacred Heart, non-parent
• Mary Cooper, St. Augustine, parent
• Jerry Schmidlkofer, St. Augustine, non-parent
• Michelle Szambelan, St. Augustine, parent.

In addition, the pastors have appointed Szambelan president pro tem of the Board of Directors to oversee its initial operation until the Board selects its officers.

The Board will also set the terms of office for its initial members to one, two or three years to establish regular renewal of its membership in an orderly manner.


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