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 November 17, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

BANDON – A year ago, fourth-grader Allie Hennick didn’t know much about cancer. Then she heard that two children her mother knows were ill with the disease.

Allie wanted to do something, but was not sure how. Then she remembered what Father Andrew Thomas used to say.

When Allie would complain that she could not do this or that, her pastor at Holy Trinity Parish would tell her, “All you have to do is try.”

Father Thomas was reassigned recently to Albany, but his words have stuck with Allie. She marshaled classmates and others in Bandon to raise more than $300 for childhood cancer research. She was able to communicate online with the two patients — Ethan Jostad and Faith Fulmer — before their deaths.

“After meeting them, I wanted to help,” Allie told the Bandon Western World newspaper. “I want to make a difference, so I started Change 4 A Cure. I thought, what if that was me? What if I was about to die? I would want somebody to do this for me.”

Allie and her Girl Scout pals washed cars and wrote cards to patients at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. She held a coin drive at her school. She hasn’t quit working for a cancer cure. Allie plans a bake sale this month. She’s been planning and doing everything on her own.

MOUNT ANGEL – On Sept. 8, Leanne Sandall of Spokane entered the Benedictine Sisters community in Mount Angel as a postulant.

Sandall, 23, will spend her time as a postulant deepening her prayer and her understanding of Catholicism, spirituality, and monastic life.

PORTLAND – After years of prayer and study, eight married men were ordained to the diaconate Oct. 29 in Portland’s St. Mary Cathedral.

Archbishop John Vlazny said the Archdiocese of Portland is “blessed with the presence of so many men who are stepping forward to offer themselves as servants of the Gospel.”

“All leadership in the church begins with service,” the archbishop told the congregation, which packed the cathedral.

Those ordained were: Ricardo Cervantes, Paul Cramer, Felix Garcia, Jose Gonzalez, E. James Hix Jr., Romeo Jimenez, Paul Pham and Leo Rasca.

“Now, more than ever before, they become family men of the church,” the archbishop said, “servants of the gospel and charity, leaders across this great archdiocese on the journey of faith in which we all began on the day of our baptism.”

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

Diocese of Helena

HELENA – After 45 years of involvement in higher education, Dr. Thomas Trebon, president of Carroll College, is preparing for the next phase of his life: his mid-2012 retirement, which he announced in March.

Dr. Trebon, 67, said working directly with students brought the greatest excitement and fulfillment in his long career.

Carroll is one of eight diocesan colleges in the United States.

— The Montana Catholic (Diocese of Helena)

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