Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the July 17, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

LINCOLN CITY – St. Augustine Parish observed the 65th anniversary of its dedication May 15. The building, a former Camp Adair chapel, was transported in 1948 from the Army training post north of Corvallis, then reconstructed on its current site.

The day began with the celebration of Mass by Father Joseph Sebasty, pastor. Later in the church hall, Bob Herman, church cantor, sang the National Anthem. Father Sebasty said a prayer of thanks and proclaimed the church a beacon for Catholic residents and visitors; he invited fallen-away Catholics to return home to the church.

Parishioner Claudette Schroeder gave a brief history of the church’s founding:

In 1925, Father Charles Raymond acquired 80 acres of land in the Devil’s Lake area, which he subdivided to finance the church and rectory construction, she said. Named Raymond Town, the area was later renamed Oceanlake, then Lincoln City. The original church, built by Father Raymond and members of the Mercier family, was small – 20 feet by 40 feet – and served the parish for 24 years.

Keynote speaker John Harvard Baker, author of Camp Adair, The Story of a World War II Cantonment, shared facts about Camp Adair: the Post covered 65,000 acres; the construction of 1,800 buildings took less than six months; and the project was completed under budget at $32 million. The Post even housed POWs. He also shared that the 11 chapels built at Camp Adair were made available to communities for churches and as a war memorial.

Father Otto Scheffold acquired the Camp Adair chapel for the coastal parish. William Merzenich and his son, Matthias, reconstructed the church.

Archbishop Edward Howard dedicated the church on May 15, 1949, and conducted the first Confirmation. Donald and Clarice Morris were one of the early couples to be joined in the Sacrament of Matrimony. Clarice attended the event and shared her wedding photographs for a display.

PORTLAND – Father Stephen Rowan will be the keynote speaker at this year’s 32nd Summer Conference, scheduled for July 30-Aug. 3 on the campus of the University of Portland. The theme of the Conference will be “The Joy of the Gospel: The Vision of Pope Francis for the Church.”

Father Rowan is a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle and is currently serving as Superintendent of Catholic schools in Seattle, but he has also served as the dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Portland and at Seattle University.

In his keynote address for the adults, Father Rowan will explore the first year of the papacy of Pope Francis who has captured the imagination of many throughout the world because of his simplicity of life, commitment to the poor, and his memorable way of proclaiming his message.

Father Rowan will guide an exploration of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), showing how his vision is grounded in the thinking of John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council and the work of his predecessors; a result of profound contemplation over the past 50 years on the call for the church to undertake a “new evangelization” in the world and how this work can be done effectively.

Along with the keynote address, adults choose from a wide variety of classes on theology, arts, prayer, and recreation. Children go to age level classes in the morning and choose one to two other classes based on their age. Evening activities and daily prayer opportunities are offered as well.

Food and housing for the five-day retreat is provided by the University of Portland. Participants come from all over the Pacific Northwest and while most stay in the dorms commuting is also an option.

Registration for the Conference is due by July 1. Early registration is encouraged, and financial assistance is available.

For a brochure and more information – including photos and the history of the Conference – visit the web site:

– Catholic Sentinel (Oregon Catholic Press)

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