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

Spokane Diocese centennial book nears publication

the Inland Register

(From the June 20, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

December 17, 2013, the anniversary date for the founding of the Diocese of Spokane, will initiate a year-long celebration of the diocese’s centennial year. Although the date remains a few months away, preparations are well underway.

As an integral part of its centennial celebration, diocesan officials announced this week that the publication of a centennial volume celebrating the diocese has crossed an important benchmark. After months of collecting information, writing and editing, the galley version of the book, Children of the Sun, is now ready for final review. That means that the promotion of the book can begin in earnest, even though the actual publication date will not be until this fall.

A representative from the Signe Publishing Company, which produces a variety of commemorative books for Catholic dioceses and other institutions, is scheduled to tour the diocese the last two weeks of June to arrange for the promotion and sale of the book in the parishes. As announced by Bishop Cupich in a letter to his pastors, the representative will meet individually with pastors and their parish volunteers. The sale of the book will focus on parish bulk orders and distribution, although in time a few other outlets will be identified.

The title of the book is a play on the Salish Indian word, spokan, which traditionally is translated as "children of the sun."

The book’s compiling editor, Father Mike Savelesky, Moderator of the Curia, said that Children of the Sun is a type of home-grown testimony to the first 100 years of the diocese’s mission. All the authors are local writers, and though some are professionals, most are simply keepers of the tradition.

Children of the Sun will include an early history of the Church, written by Msgr. Kevin Codd, pastor of WSU’s St. Thomas More Catholic Student Center, followed by a brief biography of each of the six bishops of the diocese, written by the diocese’s volunteer archivist, Dr. Anthony Clark of Whitworth University. An additional section gives tribute to the major orders of women Religious who have served in the diocese. The majority of the book is given over to individual histories of the 80-some parishes and missions in the Diocese. Many of the images found in the book came from the files of the Inland Register that are part of the diocese’s archives.

“The history of the foundation of the parishes seems to follow a common cadence, but each is rich in heritage,” Father Savelesky said. “The reader of Children of the Sun will find it brimming with information and historical detail. Just viewing the pictures creates a sense of Catholic family and shared vision.”

The finished project is expected to be about 250 pages long, in full color – a “coffee-table” book. Anticipated cost per copy is about $30, plus shipping and handling.

Bishop Cupich said that Children of the Sun “will be a valued keepsake for the Catholic households of our diocese. It will provide us with a wonderful reference and memento of our past and will keep us focused on the future as we move into our second century.”

The Catholic faithful are encouraged to watch the parish bulletin or contact their parish office for details about ordering a copy of the centennial book.

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