Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the April 7, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocese of Boise

COTTONWOOD – Benedictine Sister Clarissa Goeckner has been reelected prioress of St. Gertrude Monastery in Cottonwood.

Sister Clarissa has served as prioress for six years and having now been re-elected, will serve an additional four years.

As the 13th prioress of the community, Sister Clarissa’s first term has included serving as spiritual leader and director of strategic planning. She has also overseen the capital campaign, celebration of the centennial in 2009, opening of the Inn at St. Gertrude, and launch of the Spirituality and the Arts program.

“I am deeply committed to the monastic community, the directions that we embrace together, and the many ways we touch the world.... It’s an honor to serve as a leader and catalyst for promoting our ministries which embody our core values of healing hospitality, grateful simplicity and creative peacemaking,” she said.

Sister Clarissa was born in Cottonwood. She entered the monastery in 1957 and made final profession in 1961. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from St. Martin University, Lacey, Wash., and went on to earn three masters degrees from the University of San Francisco: in Leadership, Religious Education, and Counseling.

Sister Clarissa has served as a teacher and principal in schools in Idaho and California, and has been a campus minister at the University of San Francisco.

In 1993 she became coordinator of Children’s and Family Catechesis for the Diocese of Boise. In 2004 Bishop Michael Driscoll appointed her to direct the Office of Catholic Education Ministries for the diocese. In addition to these full-time positions she has participated on national, diocesan, local and monastery committees.

Boise’s Bishop Driscoll said, “I am pleased to see Sister Clarissa will serve as prioress of the Monastery of St. Gertrude for another term…. I congratulate Sister Clarissa and all the members of the Benedictine community in Cottonwood for their careful discernment throughout the process. I pray that God will continue to bless them, and that their community will continue to grow in numbers and strength in the years to come.”

The St. Gertrude’s community was founded in 1882 by three Sisters who came from the Benedictine Monastery in Sarnen, Switzerland. Settling first in Oregon and Washington, the Sisters then moved to Cottonwood in April 1909.

— Monastery of St. Gertrude Press Release

Archdiocese of Seattle

FEDERAL WAY – Palisades Retreat Center is offering two seven-day retreats specifically tailored for women Religious and associates.

The first, “For God so Loved the World,” will be directed by Sister Kathleen Pruitt of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, June 13-19. On Aug. 22-28, Jesuit Father Bill Watson will direct “The Sacred Story: A Retreat in the Ignatian Paradigm.”

Requested offering for each retreat is $552; scholarships and financial help are available.

For more information, call toll-free: 800-330-7622; email; or visit the web site: www.

— Palisades Retreat Center Press Release

Archdiocese of Portland

SALEM – Members of a Salem retirement community and parish set their hands in motion to create prayer shawls for a member’s granddaughter, a recently deployed Marine – as well as every other person in Lance Cpl. Sidney Reiger’s all-women unit.

Queen of Peace Parish already had a prayer shawl ministry in place, but when notice was given of the proposed project to equip the entire unit with prayer shawls, knitters were “coming out of the woodwork” offering to help or donate, said Stephanie Thompson, the leader of the shawl ministry.

Lance Cpl. Reigers accepted the completed shawls on behalf of her colleagues during special events at the parish and at the retirement center. She told people that the women of her unit would probably wear the shawls under their Kevlar armor.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

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