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

Ad Altare Dei classes for Catholic Scouts begin in May

the Inland Register

(From the April 21, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

The Diocesan Committee for Catholic Scouting is pleased to announce the start of classes for the Ad Altare Dei Catholic Religious Emblem.

Boy Scouts who are at least 13 years old and entering the 7th grade in the fall of 2016, but younger than age 18, are invited to join other scouts of the Spokane Diocese in earning their Ad Altare Dei.

Venture Crew members who have not turned 19 by Jan. 1, 2017, are also invited to join the class.

A recent change in the award rules makes female Crew members eligible to earn the award as well.

The Ad Altare Dei (Latin, “to the altar of God”) is a program to help Catholic youth grow in their Christian way of life within the faith community. The program is organized in chapters based on the seven sacraments – the primary means toward spiritual growth. Through the exploration of the sacraments, Scouts grow in their spiritual experience of their relationship to God and the church.

Each Scout participating in the class is required to have the Ad Altare Dei (AAD) workbook, which is available from the local Boy Scout Service Center, or can be purchased at the first class session. The AAD program generally takes 6-8 months to complete. Scouts will also need a Catholic Bible.

At the completion of the AAD program, a Board of Review will be conducted for the group.

Informational meetings will be held on Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 22, at 1 p.m. Both meetings will be at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, located at 34th and Perry in Spokane. A schedule of classes will be presented at the meeting.

The Scouts will gather once a month to complete the program. Classes will be presented a couple of times each month to allow for flexibility.

Scouts located outside the metropolitan Spokane area should contact Deacon Dan Glatt, the Spokane Diocese’s Scout chaplain, about the options for earning the award. There are potential leaders for the program in both the southern and northern areas of the Spokane Diocese. Scouts from North Idaho are also welcome to join.

For more information, call Deacon Glatt at (509) 747-7213, or email

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