Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington



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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


Appreciating the clergy

the Inland Register

(From the December 20, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, Serra Club of Spokane hosted its annual dinner at St. Thomas More Parish Hall in appreciation of the clergy of the diocese. In attendance for the occasion were Bishop Blase Cupich, along with diocesan priests; deacons and their wives; and members of the Jesuit, Maryknoll, Franciscan, and Benedictine Religious orders. Some 55 Serrans and their wives joined the celebration, for a total attendance of 135. Deacon John Sicilia was the chef for the evening, with the meal served by nine Gonzaga Prep students, members of the Knights of the Leash and Ancilla. Seven priests were presented with certificates of appreciation in recognition of their jubilee years of ordination: Msgr. William Van Ommeren, Father Charles Skok, and Jesuit Father Leon Kapfer, 60 years; Father J. Severyn Westbrook and Jesuit Fathers Thomas Connolly and Robert Goebel, 50 years; and Jesuit Father James Voiss, 25 years. Pictured: in the foreground, Dick and Celine Peterson; in the back, from left, are Mike Doohan, Mary Rose Gross, Bishop Cupich, and Jesuit Father Craig Hightower. (IR photo courtesy of the Spokane Serra Club)


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