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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


Compiled by Father Tom Caswell, for the Inland Register

(From the February 19, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

From the Inland Register - Volume LIII, No.38
Fifty Years Ago: January 17, 1965

Sisters of Charity of Providence: hospital administrators see many modernizing tasks

Today’s hospitals are faced with a real challenge in meeting both the demands of modern medicine and the standards set by state health departments.

The Sisters of Charity of Providence, who administer Spokane’s Sacred Heart Hospital, Walla Walla’s St. Mary’s Hospital, and Colfax’s St. Ignatius, have had – and are having – their share of “modernizing” difficulties.

In neighboring Wallace, Idaho, the order’s hospital is closing after 75 years of service to the community. Cost of improvements required by the Idaho Board of Health is prohibitive and the Sisters do not feel they can assume the financial obligations of building a new hospital.

A spokesman for the provincial administration of the order said that the Sisters have been asked to continue to administer and staff the proposed new Eastern Shoshone County District hospital and that financing will be put to the voters via a bond issue. Hill-Burton funds also will be used to finance the new 28-bed, $800,000 structure.

The Sisters came to the booming mining town in the rugged Coeur d’Alene mountains in 1891 in answer to a plea for medical care by the Miners Union – just in time to witness the bloody and paralyzing war between union men and mine owners. The disastrous fire of 1910, which turned north Idaho into an inferno, completely destroyed the city of Wallace – except for the hospital and its reservoir on the hill.

When the Providence Sisters move operations into the new district hospital, it will be the first time since the order was founded in 1843 that they will be operating a hospital not their own.

A few years ago at Fort Benton, Mont., the order’s St. Clare Hospital was declared “inadequate” by Montana’s State Board of Health. The people were told that if they wanted a hospital, they would have to raise the money. They did – and built the new hospital on order-owned ground, leaving title to the institution with the Sisters.

“Both we and they consider St. Clare’s a community hospital,” the order’s representative said.

A third hospital administered by the order – St. Ignatius of Colfax – is having its “modernization” difficulties. The Washington State Department of Health and the fire marshal have condemned the existing structure, and St. Ignatius obtained its temporary license to operate “only on condition that a new hospital would be built.”

St. Ignatius’s problem has been turned over to the community it serves. In order to qualify for Hill-Burton funds, money for the new structure – $600,000 – has to be on hand this spring. Citizens of the area have pledged slightly more than $400,000 of the total sum. Unless the entire amount is pledged, Colfax will be without hospital facilities. The 53-bed hospital serves not only Colfax, but the surrounding communities of St. John, Endicott, Garfield, and Rosalia.

St. Ignatius was deemed “inadequate” two years ago. As in Wallace, St. Ignatius has limped along with temporary licenses until community support of a new institution could be gained.

Adequate funds for a new hospital are only part of the Colfax problem. If the Sisters agree to administer the new community-sponsored and financed hospital, they want assurance from members of the advisory board that help will be forthcoming in recruiting sufficient personnel. There has been a crippling shortage in all hospital work areas at Colfax – nurses’ aides and such general employee categories as maintenance, kitchen help, etc.


From the Inland Register – Volume LIII, No.67
Fifty Years Ago: March 21, 1965

Diocesan Digest

Pasco – More than 200 persons attended the annual Father-Daughter banquet last Monday at the St. Patrick’s School auditorium.

Dick Ukling was master of ceremonies for the dinner with the Rev. William Schmitz as guest speaker. The ceremonies were opened with the flag raising conducted by Pat Kragen, Susan Mork, Julie Crevatin and Mary Beth Smith of Troop 101. The “Welcome Fathers Address” was delivered by Cadet Scout Penny Uklink with Patrick Sullivan giving the response.

Leaders of the various troops introduced at the dinner included Mrs. Wallace DeBord, leader of the Brownies, and her assistants Mrs. Harry Buchanan and Mead Ellis; Mrs. Cy Smith of Troop 101 and her assistants Mrs. Eugene Krogers, Mrs. L.A. Merk and Frank Crevat; Mrs. Edward Geffre of Troop 109 and her assistants Mrs. James DeRoiun and Mrs. Mark Campbell; and Mrs. Patrick Sullivan of Troop 108 and assistants Mrs. Cecil Schlagel, Mrs. Francis Eugland and Mrs. John Olp. Mrs. George Grant and Mrs. Jerry Whitish of the cadets were also introduced.

The program following the dinner opened with Miss Cheryl Newell reading made donations to the Juliet Lowe Fund.

Troop 109 presented a puppet show titled “Beauty and the Beast” while Troop 101 entertained with a parody on Hello Dolly. Troop 160 joined in offering an “Americana Medley” followed by Troop 135 cadets with a selection of “patriotic songs.”

Walla Walla – Plans for the annual spring convention of the Walla Walla deanery of the Council of Catholic Women were discussed at a meeting in Walla Walla.

The Rev. William Schmitz attended the planning conference along with Mrs. Leonard Hanses, president of St. Patrick’s Council of Catholic Women and Mrs. Gene Clement, president of the Altar Society.

Mrs. John Storm, correspondent

Walla Walla lay liturgical meet has large attendance

Walla Walla: An exceptionally well-attended conference on the liturgy was held in the Walla Walla Deanery last Saturday. Representatives from parishes throughout the Deanery including Clarkston were present for the morning-long conference. Delegates attended with their pastor to determine what other parishes in the Diocese are doing with the new liturgical changes. The group meeting was held in the Alumni Room of St. Patrick’s grade school.

The discussions were opened with a keynote address by The Right Rev. Msgr. Hugo Pautler, Dean of the Walla Walla deanery and pastor of St. Patrick in Walla Walla. Msgr. Pautler told the assembled group, “The changes in the liturgy adopted by the Vatican Council are concrete evidence of the Church’s ever-changing yet ever-changeless mission.”

Panel discussions were led by Father Donald Adams, King Cole, Phil Kuharski, Norman E. Kilgore, Dennis Sullivan and Don Wessels. Most of the morning session was devoted to a question-and-answer period. At 11:45, the group adjourned to reassemble in the church. To prove that any parish can learn to sing the ordinary hymns now in use, King Cole led a five-minute song practice. At 12, Noon Mass was celebrated by Father James S. Westbrook, assistant pastor at St. Patrick.


From the Inland Register – Volume 47, No. 12
Twenty-five Years Ago: March 1, 1990

‘Godstock’ is 1990 Diocesan Youth Congress at Prep

The annual diocesan Youth Congress’s theme is “Godstock: Freedom, Faith and Unity.”

The congress will take place the weekend of March 16-18 at Gonzaga Prep. It begins with registration Friday evening and concludes with Mass on Sunday morning.

This year’s keynote speakers are Mike Danielson and Anna Scally.

Danielson is a native of Spokane and former youth minister at St. Mary Parish here. Scally, a past parish youth minister, is now assistant program director of Cornerstone Media, Inc., youth ministry consultant for Tabor Publishing, and producer and host of One-to-One, a radio program dealing with youth issues.

Danielson holds a master’s degree in ministry from Seattle University. He now lives in Seattle, where he does freelance youth ministry, and recently completed a 22,777 mile trip through 44 of the United States.

Participation in the congress is open to senior high students – grades 9-12 only – and their leaders.

This year, each parish group is asked to send two or three slide photographs of their youth ministry for a congress presentation.

Each group is also asked to make a banner representing both itself and the congress’s theme.

Two awards will be presented on Saturday afternoon, March 17.

The “Special Achievement Awards” will be given by the diocese to parishes whose youth “have provided an outstanding service or made a significant achievement in response to the Gospel message.”

With the “For God and Youth” award, the diocese recognizes outstanding adults who have engaged in youth ministry over a long period of time.

This year’s workshops include:

• Maggie Richards, youth minister for St. Francis Xavier Parish and Manito Methodist Church, will speak on “Assessing Your Youth Group.”
• Jim Robinson, youth minister at St. Mary Parish, Moscow, Idaho: “Down with Papa Smurf!” discussing the way the occult has subtly and not-so-subtly permeated popular culture.
• Father Paul Wood, formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., and now pastor in Dayton, Wash.: “How to Love” – how to love, how to show love, how to accept love.
• Stan Baycroft, a psychologist with Central Valley school district, will speak on “Suicide: It’s Preventable.”
• Ron Heib, originally from Seattle and now a junior at Washington State University majoring in Personnel and Human Resources, talks about life after high school: “What? No More Youth Group?”
• Marilyn Underwood, a graduate in education from Whitworth College, she now is a counselor at North Central High School. She will lead the discussion: “How to Live with Loss,” explaining the steps necessary to deal with the loss of a loved one and ways to go on with life.
• Mike Danielson, keynote speaker, and Annie Trunkel. Trunkel is youth minister at St. Mary Parish in the Spokane Valley. Discussion on sex and sexuality: “Does Sex Have to Be R-Rated?”
• Jeff Hodges, youth minister at Holy Family Parish in Clarkston, Wash., will discuss “The Media: Hero or Villain?” focusing on the various aspects of the communication media and what they teach of us. Hodges is a former television journalist and news anchor.
• The “Parent Panel” will be a question-and-answer session with “real, live parents of today’s teens.”
• Nancy Sweeney, a former teacher and social worker now involved with teenage parents, will moderate a panel discussion: “Teen Parent Panel” involves teenage parents, ages 15-21, who are part of the Care Project for Pregnant and Parenting Teens.
• Kris Lindeblad, a teacher at Shadle Park High School for 16 years, a member of the Wellness Team at Shadle Park, and trainer for intervention specialists working with teens involved in drugs and alcohol. A teen’s guide to handling stress will be the main theme of “These are the Best Years of Your Life?”
• Father Michael Venneri, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Cheney, will talk about his experiences during his three pilgrimages to Yugoslavia in “Medjugorje: Fact or Fiction?”
• Anna Scally, keynote speaker. A workshop for just the adults, titled: “Jesus in the Modern World?” The workshop will deal with ways of living and teaching Gospel values in today’s anti-Christian/non-Christian society.
• Father Steve Dublinski, associate pastor of St. Charles Parish, will talk on “Radical Freedom in an Enslaved World: Prayer” – how prayer is a means to freedom, and prayer for young adults.
• Father Heliodoro Lucatero, born in Mexico, is associate pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Pasco. He will explain the significance of the quinceñeras ceremony among Hispanics.
• (No facilitator announced by press time.) “Developing Relationships” will examine the hows and whys of strong interpersonal relationships which support rather than destroy.
• Rusty Nelson, a veteran army officer, broadcaster and now director of Spokane’s Peace and Justice Action League, will talk on the goals and methods of “Veterans for Peace” as the organization’s members seek to abolish war.
• Merilee Roloff and Carol Phillips, directors of Spokane’s Crosswalk program, which deals with street kids on a daily basis. “Homeless Youth” will examine where homeless teens are coming from, how they differ, and the types of personalities who might join their ranks.
• Panel discussion: “When You Abuse, All Lose,” a discussion by recovering alcohol and drug abuse addicts, sharing their painful journey back to recovery and the impact their recovery has had on their families.

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


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