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

Parishes await delivery of centennial book

the Inland Register

(From the November 21, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Diocesan officials have expressed hope that a book noting the centennial of the Diocese of Spokane will arrive in parishes from the publishers in time for the Christmas holiday. “Any day now!” is the mantra of the book’s compiler-editor, Father Mike Savelesky, Moderator of the Curia.

Titled Children of the Sun, the book is a 240-page, full-color coffee-table-style volume focusing on various aspects of the history of the Spokane Diocese, which was established by Pope St. Pius X on Dec. 17, 1913.

The book features articles on the early history of the diocese and its six bishops, the orders of women Religious, and significant Catholic ministries which have helped shape the faith community. Also included are brief histories of every current parish of the diocese. Contributions to the book have come from educators and professionals, but mostly from parish “keepers of the legacy,” as Father Savelesky identifies them.

Parishes already have placed their orders for a certain number of books to sell to parishioners. According to its publisher, anticipated cost of the book is $30, plus $2 shipping and handling; similar volumes in secular bookstores easily cost twice as much.

Once the book arrives at the parishes, parishioners will be given information about how to procure a copy. Orders are being taken at the Catholic Pastoral Center from those not affiliated with a particular parish.

According to Father Savelesky, there will be only one press run for Children of the Sun. “This book truly is a keep-sake item,” he said. “Although it is a typical type of publication for dioceses when they celebrate their jubilees, this publication will be a unique blessing to our diocese. Our history is colorful and rich. God has blessed us with astounding growth and maturation. Children of the Sun captures only a small portion of it. Browsing its pages makes the reader both grateful and curious. There is always more to explore and to know.”

(Those interested in purchasing a copy of Children of the Sun, who are not affiliated with a Spokane Diocese parish, should call Father Savelesky: 358-7333.)

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