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 October 16, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

OREGON
Archdiocese of Portland

SALEM – Queen of Peace Parish here held an art reception this month that highlighted the work of artists with disabilities. A selection of pieces by Aaron Good, Robert Rycroft and Teresa Waibel were displayed as part of an event facilitated by the parish’s Committee for All Life Issues.

Waibel, who has Down syndrome, showed her knitted afghans and her crochet work. She is sister to Benedictine Father Philip Waibel, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Mount Angel, and she lives in a care facility.

Rycroft, who has been a quadriplegic since a surfing accident 30 years ago, paints by holding the brush in his teeth. He is a self-taught artist who uses a pen and watercolor technique. His pieces, which are often wildlife, nature and coastal scenes, have been displayed in national exhibitions.

Good, who also has Down syndrome, prefers pen and ink and has been an active artist in Salem for the past 20 years.

When asked why he draws, Good said, “It is good for my head. It is good for my health.” Many of his works are images of flowers. He gives away art to family and friends, and has also donated a number of his drawings to charity auctions. His mother, April Waters, is also an artist.

Queen of Peace parishioner Marina Pearson came up with the idea for the show after discovering Rycroft’s art while delivering Communion.

LINCOLN CITY – Leaders of St. Augustine Parish in this Oregon Coast town say the jailed parish finance council chairman had no access to parish funds.

The accountant calling himself Quentin G. Stanhope was arrested Sept. 11 on charges of first-degree forgery and theft.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating to see who Stanhope bilked, but the pastor says St. Augustine is not among the victims.

“He did not have any access to any of our accounts here,” says Father Joseph Sebasty. “He did not decide anything. I am very careful about that.”

As chair of the three-member finance advisory committee, Stanhope helped develop budgets and gave advice, the priest says.

Stanhope had been hired by coastal governments to keep their books. He was taken into custody after police searched his business, Q-Tax & Bookkeeping Services. He’s being held on $1.5 million bail.

“I’m shocked and appalled,” says Frank King, chairman of the pastoral council at St. Augustine.

Authorities believe Stanhope has been using an alias at least since he arrived in Lincoln City in 2005. It’s the name of a spy in a Sherlock Holmes story. So far, fingerprints have not yielded his true identity. Investigators believe he may have ties to Massachusetts and Florida.

Claudette Schroeder, pastoral council secretary, says news reporting that focused on Stanhope’s involvement in the parish was misleading. She called for everyone to keep Stanhope in prayer.

BEAVERTON – On Sept. 13, seminarians and retired priests spent an evening dining and celebrating with the St. Cecilia Parish community here.

The dinner, sponsored by the St. Cecilia Vocations Committee, offers an opportunity for parishioners to meet future priests and to give thanks to retired priests who have served in Oregon’s Catholic communities.

“This is a unique event they put on,” said Father Jeff Eirvin, the Archdiocese of Portland’s new vocations director. “Seminarians encounter parishioners on a pastoral level, and the event builds connections between young and retired priests.”

According to Tom Eyer, chairman of St. Cecilia’s vocations committee, the event is almost entirely supported by volunteer contributions. With donors taking responsibility for the food, such as donating 70 baked potatoes or underwriting the cost of the meat, the committee is able to prepare 60 to 70 meals every year.

The seminarians’ attendance is a part of their pastoral priestly formation as they join the parish for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and meet the parishioners whom they will someday shepherd.

– Catholic Sentinel (Oregon Catholic Press)


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