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


Compiled by Father Tom Caswell, for the Inland Register

(From the June 16, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

From the Inland Register – Volume LV, Number 6
Fifty Years Ago: June 5, 1966

Msgr. Buckley to observe 50th anniversary June 17

In terms of service, the Very Rev. Stephen P. Buckley, pastor of St. Augustine parish, is the “oldest” priest in the Spokane diocese. He has been in Spokane since his ordination in Chicago in 1916.

Msgr. Buckley will celebrate a special Mass of Thanksgiving June 17 at 8 a.m. in St. Augustine’s in honor of his 50th anniversary as a priest. The preceding evening he will be honored at a banquet in the Marie Antoinette Room of the Davenport Hotel. Arranged by members of the parish under the direction of Mrs. P.J. Carstens and S.J. Higgins, a 6:30 no-host social hour will precede the banquet.

Since coming to Spokane, Msgr. Buckley has served at Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Patrick (Walla Walla), St. Joseph (Kennewick), Mary Queen of Heaven (Sprague), Sacred Heart (Spokane) and St. Augustine parishes. He has been pastor at St. Augustine since 1939 and was invested as a domestic prelate in 1960.

A native of Chicago, he attended St. Rita’s College, Philadelphia, and studied theology at the Catholic University of America and St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee.


From the Inland Register – Volume 48, No. 17
Twenty-five Years Ago: June 13, 1991

From the Bishop: Getting settled in . . .

by Bishop William S. Skylstad

(Editor’s note: Bishop Skylstad was installed as Bishop of Spokane on April 27, 1990.)

One of the most frequent questions I’ve been asked these days, especially on the Confirmation circuit, has been: “Are you getting settled in?” I can say pretty well, although I guess it is always an ongoing process. My visiting parishes on weekends continues, and it will probably be sometime next spring before I have been in all of them. With some 80 parishes, I hope to get around every couple of years for weekend visits. This past weekend I was in Keller, Inchelium, Nespelem, and East Omak for special celebrations on the Colville Indian Reservation.

As you know, I live in the bishop’s house on West Cleveland Ave. I am able to spend some time there. A lot of people have asked what I do for meals. Breakfast is simple, and I’m often not home for supper. When I am, the microwave is handy, and once in a very rare while, I will try out my cooking talents. With such infrequency, you can guess that they haven’t developed too far.

A lot of people have asked me what my hobbies are. I enjoy mountain hiking, fishing (which I haven’t done in several years), amateur radio, and beekeeping. One of my projects at the house has been to set up a tower (welded together by Father Forsmann) for a long-distance antenna. Finally, a couple of weeks ago I got the base cemented in, and probably by late summer I should have the rest of it up.

The bees are up at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, and honestly, they must feel like orphans. Thank goodness Noral at the Retreat Center is also a beekeeper, so they are watched over. I find bees fascinating. There is something very humbling about beekeeping. Although one would like to have the perfect hive of bees, there never is one. They can get ill. Ants get to them. The weather can be too cold, or the winter too harsh. They can swarm and look for greener (or sweeter) blossoms. Just like life, bees would be a good topic for another column sometime.

As you read this, I will be at St. John Seminary in Camarillo, Calif., in the midst of giving three retreats for the priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Please remember them and me in your prayers. For some years, I have been engaged in retreat ministry for priests and limit the number of retreats to three outside of the diocese. The bishop should not only be a sign of unity within the diocese, but he has the responsibility of serving the larger Church as well. He needs to also model a witness of being involved with the Church universal of which we are all a part.

After my return from the Los Angeles area on June 28, the next morning I will fly to Rome for a three-week workshop on astrophysics as most of my vacation this summer. Twenty-four bishops will be gathered at Castel Gandolfo, where the Vatican has an observatory and the Holy Father has a summer home. Downtown Rome is hot during the summer. Castel Gandolfo is somewhat higher in the mountains and therefore cooler.

The bishops attending the workshop are from Baghdad, South Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Philippines, and six of us from the United States. Living with them should be in itself a rich experience. Classes are from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and at 4 p.m. Weekends are free. The general two subjects of study will be on Galileo and the galaxies. I’ll be back on July 21.

My hope and prayer for all of you is that you will have a good summer – good crops, good vacations, and a deep appreciation of the area in which we live. God has been good to us, and we need to be grateful. May we also continue to remember one another in prayer.

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


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