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

the Inland Register

(From the June 9, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Seattle

BELLEVUE – Spokane’s Sister Madonna Buder, a member of the Sisters for Christian Community, was the featured speaker at Providence Marianwood’s Spring Celebration Luncheon May 5.

Sister Madonna is the author of an autobiography, The Grace to Race, published last year (“Media Watch,” IR 12/02/10).

Providence Marianwood is a nonprofit rehabilitation and long-term health care provider. The luncheon is the organization’s premier fundraising event.

— The Catholic Northwest Progress (Archdiocese of Seattle)

Diocese of Helena

MISSOULA – The Heritage Project is using art to tell the story of the work and contributions of Missoula families to ensure Catholic education for nearly 140 years.

Using funds from a private foundation, the Loyola Sacred Heart Foundation commissioned the painting of four murals measuring 8 feet by 12 feet conveying not only Catholic education’s history in the area, but also affirm the heritage behind the Jesuit academic tradition and the ideals of the Sisters of Providence.

The murals’ artist is Hadley Ferguson of Missoula.

Two of the murals are completed and were unveiled last month at a fundraising event for Missoula Catholic schools. Tentative plans call for the other two murals to be completed for the same annual event next year.

HELENA – Well over 300 participants gathered for the Helena Diocese’s 2011 Catholic Youth Coalition Convention last month at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds in Helena.

The theme of this year’s convention was “Called to Rise.”

Bishop George Thomas celebrated Mass with the group at the Cathedral of St. Helena. At the Mass, the youth and adults collected $1,750 for the Helena Diocese’s mission in Guatemala.

— The Montana Catholic (Diocese of Helena)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – If you know where to look, you can get just about anything at a mall – including Catholic evangelization.

Dominican Father Tony Wall, a priest for 60 years now, spent a month recently (though not including Sundays) manning a kiosk in Portland’s Lloyd Center Mall. He wore his Roman collar or his white Dominican habit, making himself obvious and easily recognizable to those who might be looking for information about the Catholic Faith.

While visiting a parish near the mall, he got to thinking: There’s no priest at the mall. And there should be. People stopped for conversations long and short. A few even asked to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

He plans to do it again around the start of 2012.

PORTLAND – According to a bankruptcy plan filed by the Jesuits of the Northwest on April 4, the provincial of the order will send apology letters to the more than 500 people who have accused Jesuits of abuse.

“Letters of apology will state that the abuse claimant was not at fault for the abuse, and that the province and the reorganized debtor (the Oregon Province of Jesuits) takes responsibility for its part in the abuse,” the plan says.

The Jesuits will post links on their website to the names of members of the Oregon Province identified as perpetrators. The Jesuits will publicly thank survivors, lauding them for being brave enough to come forward and address the problem. That statement will go on the website and in the region’s newspapers in quarter-page advertisements.

That all comes in addition to more than $166 million in financial compensation, one of the largest settlements from a U.S. religious organization for abuse.

The abuse occurred decades ago, as far back as the 1940s, and much of it in Native American missions, especially in Alaska. Most of the victims were children at the time of the incidents. The bankruptcy, filed in 2009, was meant to make sure that not all the Jesuits’ resources were taken by a few early lawsuits and that all accusers could get a fair settlement. The plan also allows the Jesuits to continue their ministry.

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

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