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

Bishop Daly among keynote speakers for next month’s KLS assembly

by Brian Kraut, for the Inland Register

(From the September 17, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

The Catholic community of the Diocese of Spokane is invited to attend the Know Love & Serve Fall Assembly, Oct. 9 and 10 at the Spokane Convention Center. Come and be renewed and equipped for mission.

On Friday and Saturday, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., the Assembly will explore the second year priorities from the Diocesan Pastoral Plan, “Joy Made Complete.” Bishop Thomas Daly, Rich Curran, Michael Theisen, Doug Brummel, and several others will explore the themes of community building, family, youth, and young adults.

Each day will begin with Mass celebrated by Bishop Daly. Participation in one or both days is highly encouraged.

The keynote address on Saturday will be delivered by Rich Curran from Parish Success Group, who will enthusiastically encourage all to work as a community of believers within our parishes and beyond.

On Saturday, Bishop Daly will be the morning’s keynote speaker. The bishop will be speaking on the value of families in light of two upcoming events: the World Meeting on the Family happening at the end of September in Philadelphia, and the Synod on the Family beginning Oct. 5 at the Vatican.

The two days of the KLS Assembly will feature more than 20 different workshop offerings, including Michael Theisen from the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry. Theisen will present workshops both days on research findings pertaining to families and youth.

For those interested specifically in young adult ministry, Friday afternoon will see a “Theology on Tap” offering at O’Doherty’s Irish Grille in downtown Spokane from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Do you wonder how we can better encounter and engage the young adult population – those age 18 to 30-something? This diverse population includes the traditional college student, the post graduate, the young professional, the married, the married with children, and so on. What can each of us do to encounter Catholic young adults and make them feel welcome and a part of church? This offering is ideal for young adults or for those who want to understand what it is that young adults desire from the Church.

Also on Friday, the diocese is offering a family-friendly evening of entertainment at the Spokane Convention Center. Doug Brummel, a nationally renowned family comedian and storyteller, will bring his cast of characters to life with an evening of laughter and learning.

This evening program is titled “Lighten Up” and is a great opportunity to delight in being Catholic. Tickets will be available at $5 per person and $15 for a family.

Even if you can’t make this night of activity, don’t worry; Doug will be back in Spokane for a Family Parish Mission on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, Oct. 20 and 21, at St. Joseph Parish, Otis Orchard.

Help to move the diocese from maintenance to mission! Register for the assembly today, and purchase tickets for “Lighten Up.” Be bold! Invite a friend to the assembly. Be courageous and generous and purchase tickets to take an additional family to “Lighten Up.”

(Assembly registration information is available online at Cost is $15 per day. Limited childcare is available on Saturday, Oct. 10. For more information call Brian Kraut at (509) 358-7314, or email

(Brian Kraut is the diocese’s Director of Parish Support and Renewal Services.)

Doug Brummel portrays an entire cast of characters in his “Lighten Up!” presentations. (IR photo courtesy of Doug Brummel)

KLS Assembly keynote speaker Doug Brummel will also be leading a parish mission and “whole community celebration for everyone” at St. Joseph Parish, Otis Orchards.

“Lighten Up! Whole-Community Celebration” is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 20-21, at 6:47 p.m. (“Sharp!”) The mission is described as “a Catholic inspirational comedy show with a message for all ages.”

St. Joseph Parish is located at 4521 N. Arden Rd., Otis Orchards.

For more information, call (509) 926-7133 or email

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