Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington



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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


I was in prison, and you visited me

the Inland Register

(From the June 18, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

The volunteers of the Walla Walla Tri-Parish detention ministry make possible one Mass at each of the four chapels at the Washington State Penitentiary every month, in addition to Communion services, catechesis, and the sacraments of Reconciliation, Baptism and Confirmation as needed. They also provide reading materials to the inmates and visit men on death row. In addition to the priests, the ministry has grown from one lay volunteer in 2012 to the current group of 10, with training for several more lay volunteers underway. The spiritual hunger among the prisoners is great, and the detention ministry is more and more developing into a vital and integral part of parish life in Walla Walla. From left: Paul Didelius, Thomas Lederer, Father Pedro Bautista-Peraza (pastor of the three Walla Walla Parishes), Thomas Dougherty, and Jerry Owens. Not pictured: Barry Balof, Dave Opbroek, Lanette Opbroek, Raul Rodriguez, Bob Shanks, Walter Zdazinsky, and Fathers David Gaines and Brian Sattler (parochial vicars for the three parishes). (IR photo courtesy of Thomas Lederer)


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