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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


Diocese’s centennial book, ‘Children of the Sun,’ nears publication

the Inland Register

(From the September 19, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

The Diocese of Walla Walla was established by Pope Gregory XVI on July 24, 1846. Its first bishop, A.M.A. Blanchet, arrived from Montreal at the time of the Whitman Massacre (Nov. 29, 1847). The diocese was suppressed in 1850 and the ecclesial center was transferred to Nesqually and, later, to Seattle. Pictured here is the early campus of St. Patrick Parish and St. Mary Hospital (far right), Walla Walla. (IR photo courtesy of the Spokane Diocese Archives)

As parishes throughout the diocese garner resources and prepare schedules for yet another ministerial year, diocesan officials have been putting the finishing touches on plans for the celebration of the centennial anniversary of the Diocese of Spokane.

The diocese’s celebration of its centennial year will extend from Dec. 17, 2013 until the end of the liturgical year on the feast of Christ the King, Nov. 23, 2014. Diocesan officials presently are putting the final touches to a series of events and activities which will give substance to the year-long celebration.

A papal bull, signed by Pope St. Pius X, established the Diocese of Spokane on Dec. 17, 1913. In anticipation of such a “carve-out” from the vast Diocese of Nesqually (Seattle), the Catholic faithful in the city of Spokane already had constructed a “church for the occasion” – the present Cathedral of our Lady of Lourdes. Built of brick – some of which came from the original church on the corner of Main and Bernard, a survivor of the destructive fire of 1889 – the towering building trumpets a Catholic presence in the See city, anchoring the Church’s presence in the 13 counties of Eastern Washington.

The publication of a special centennial book, titled Children of the Sun, will be a highlight the diocese’s birthday celebration. Father Mike Savelesky, the diocese’s Moderator of the Curia, has acted as coordinating editor for the project. According to Father Savelesky, the volume is in its last stages of preparation.

“The corrected galleys are now in the hands of Signe, the publisher in Strasburg, France,” he said. “The next step is to crank up the presses. It won’t be long before the book will be in our hands.”

In its 240 pages, Children of the Sun will feature articles about the early history of diocese, as well as brief presentations from orders of women Religious, parishes, and significant diocesan ministries.

This past summer, David Riehl, son of the French publisher, visited each parish of the diocese, soliciting bulk orders.

Father Savelesky said that interested parishioners should contact their respective parish offices to place their order for a copy of the book. The cost of the coffee table-sized book will be $30, plus shipping and handling.

Parishioners are being cautioned to not hesitate in expressing their interest. The book will have a limited publication run. The first edition will be the last edition. “The presses will run only once for Children of the Sun,” said Father Savelesky.


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