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


Compiled by Father Tom Caswell, for the Inland Register

(From the May 15, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

From the Inland Register - Volume LIII, No. 3
Fifty Years Ago: May 17, 1964

$500,000 DDF Day Set To Go With 3,000 Workers

This Sunday, May 17, the Fourth Annual Diocesan Development Fund Campaign swings off at a fast tempo beginning with a TV program at 9:30 a.m. on KREM-TV, Channel 2 in Spokane. It was to be telecast on KLEW-TV in Lewiston at 10 a.m., and also on KEPR-TV, Pasco at 10 a.m. The program will be officially launched this year for the first time by Bishop Topel. Appearing with Bishop Topel on the program will be the six top winners of the poster contest in the diocese.

The bishop will personally make the presentation of the prizes.

The fund drive this year is for a minimum of $500,000. Tremendous interest has been stirred up in the diocese during these past few weeks because of a new approach and conduct of the drive. One outstanding new feature was the all-diocese poster contest for grade school children. Interest sparked at this level carried right over into the homes as little people are great “doers” and their enthusiasm is contagious.

Another intriguing addition to the campaign not used before was the Women’s Division working as captains and teams to contact each and every home in the diocese, not as solicitors but to deliver a gift pamphlet to parishioners with an aim to acquaint and educate them with the goals of the campaign.

An extraordinary amount of enthusiasm has been stirred up among the men also working as captains and teams in the parishes, because theirs is not a long, drawn-out job. This year’s drive was planned to be launched and finished all in one day, May 17, DDF Sunday.

Because there is much to be done by many people and for many people, it is the fervent hope of everyone working at every level that all Catholic people will be graciously considerate and stay home until a diocesan worker has contacted them for their Diocesan Development Fund donation.

The needs of the diocese are many. Our bishop has plans for new high schools in several areas of the diocese, all dependent upon the success of this drive. Another project in the immediate planning stage is the permanent construction of a Marian School for developmentally delayed children. Originally established in the basement of St. Aloysius Church, and having had several more recent locations, the school is now being conducted at Fort Wright College.

Father Charles Skok, Superintendent of Schools of the Diocese, states, “Funds from this year’s Diocesan Development Drive have been earmarked for the Marian School and construction will be started upon the successful completion of the Diocesan Development Campaign.”

Another and continuing need of the diocese is to establish a revolving fund for use of all parishes as necessities arise. A tremendous sum of interest is being paid annually to commercial investment firms. It is imperative that the diocese organize its planning so that the most benefit can be derived from all funds. A revolving fund built up from the Diocesan Development Fund would assure this goal.

Of course, the usual prospects of the Diocesan Development Fund Drive are in need of support. Among these are the cost of operating our Bishop White Seminary and Mater Cleri Seminary, and the cost involved in maintaining students in other seminaries.

Then there are the purposes for which the 10 collections were previously taken up. Some of these collections – for example, (what is now known as the Black and Indian) Missions – receive an annual sum of $18,000. The total of the 10 collections costs the diocese in excess of $100,000. In addition to absorbing these individual collections, there is the cost of operating and maintaining the diocese and the diocesan operation.

It is hoped that this year’s Fund Drive will be successful in its goal of $500,000. The Co-Chairmen, Father Schwemin and Father Wenning, feel deeply that it will be successful if each does his part, just as the children did in responding with great enthusiasm to the poster contest.

Certainly, the ladies who willingly and graciously participated in the “Mother’s March” to call on every home in the parishes of the diocese were an inspiration. With every portion of the drive related to the next phase, the men, after much organization and groundwork, come to the grand finale of effort to make up the collection for our bishop and diocesan needs. Thus, on the final day of this Diocesan Development Fund Drive, “Surely Faith, Hope and Charity will form the background and color the thinking and giving of the Catholics of our diocese as they welcome the representative of our bishop when he calls at their homes,” Father Wenning said.


From the Inland Register – Volume 46, No. 16
Twenty-five Years Ago: May 25, 1989

Two priests celebrate jubilees of ordination

Two priests of the diocese celebrate jubilees of ordination this year.

Father James McGreevy, pastor of the parishes in Colville, Kettle Falls, and Northport, celebrates his 25th anniversary this year. Father Bernard Barry, retired since 1985, has been ordained 50 years.

Father McGreevy was ordained May 23, 1964. A native of Tekoa, Wash., Father McGreevy attended Gonzaga Prep and Tekoa High, Gonzaga University, St. Philip Neri Seminary in Boston, and St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore, Wash.

He served as assistant pastor of St. Augustine Parish, Spokane, and St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, before leaving for the diocese’s mission in Guatemala, where he ministered from 1978-1983. When he returned to the United States, he was named associate pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

He became pastor of Colville, Kettle Falls, and Northport in 1985.

Father Barry was ordained May 14, 1939.

He first served as assistant pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes before becoming secretary to Bishop Charles White in 1940.

He was pastor of Spokane’s St. Francis Xavier parish from 1968 until his assignment as pastor of St. Mary of the Rosary Parish, Chewelah, in 1981.

Father Barry has been involved in numerous chaplaincies and organizations throughout his dedicated years of ministry in the diocese, including director of the Apostleship of Prayer, chaplain for the firefighters, Knights of Columbus, and the USO.

Father Barry was named an honorary fireman in 1951. An article in a 1978 edition of the Spokane Daily Chronicle listed Father Barry as the individual with the most years of service with the fire department – 34 at that time.

DeSales, Walla Walla, will graduate 28

DeSales Junior/Senior High School will hold its graduation ceremonies on Friday, June 2, at Assumption Church, 2098 E. Alder St., at 7 p.m.

The ceremony will be open to the public.

A total of 28 students will be receiving their diplomas.

DeSales’ four co-valedictorians of the class of 1989 are Cynthia Michelle Yeager and George Matthew Klein, both of Milton-Freewater, Ore., and Laura Kathryn Sidon and Sandra LeeAnne Hooker, both of Walla Walla.

Four-year senior achievement awards will be presented in the academic fields of science, math, social studies, English, and religion.

The DeSalian award will be bestowed on an adult who has given outstanding service to DeSales during the year.

The Father Norman Triesch award will also be presented. The award is given to an individual who has shown outstanding support for the school system.

A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony at Assumption School, sponsored by the parents of the junior class.

(Father Caswell is archivist for the Inland Register, and a frequent contributor to this publication.)


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