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


Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the March 17, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

OREGON
Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. – Bishop Joseph Tyson of the Diocese of Yakima and Archbishop Alexander Sample of the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., have ordered a Mexican Franciscan to stop ministry in their Pacific Northwest dioceses. Father Mario Flores Meza has been in the region for several years and has been ministering without permission, giving retreats, officiating at weddings and baptizing children.

The priest has been performing “illicit and possibly invalid sacraments” the bishops said, saying he has caused “great confusion among the Christian faithful.”

His Franciscan superiors have been calling for his return to Jalisco State, Mexico.

Father Flores Meza was given the order to stop ministering after being called to the Pastoral Center in Portland Jan. 18.

The priest had presented himself in Tillamook and Salem, Ore., accompanied by two men who claim to be Franciscan friars. The two bishops say the men “are not professed Religious in the Roman Catholic Church.”

PORTLAND, Ore. – For the past six months, Portland’s Catholic radio station has sustained a new set of local shows, including a weekly conversation with Archbishop Alexander Sample. Mater Dei radio is in the air at 88.3 FM in the Portland area and Salem and at 94.9 and 100.5 in the Eugene area.

One program, Living Stones (Mondays at 7:30 p.m.), is a conversation between two Oregon Catholics who love their faith: Ken Hallenius, a University of Portland assistant alumni director who holds advanced degrees in theology and has a wit well known around campus, teams up with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, a Portlander who appears regularly on EWTN in other national Catholic media. The two often discuss practical ways to grow in faith, participate more fully in liturgy, and practice charity towards all.

– Catholic Sentinel (Oregon Catholic Press)


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