Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Regional Report

the Inland Register

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

Archdiocese of Portland

MOUNT ANGEL – The Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel have announced that they will close Shalom Prayer Center a year from now, in June 2017.

The center has been a place of peace and solitude for more than 45 years and the Benedictine Sisters say they are making the announcement “with both sadness and gratitude.”

The center is located in a former college dormitory left from the era when the Benedictines ran a school on their campus. For decades, the building has hosted groups and individuals seeking a quiet encounter with the Almighty.

“The Sisters who have ministered there, the guests and the whole community of Queen of Angels Monastery have met God in one another and in the spaces where we have gathered and shared our spiritual lives,” the Benedictines said in a statement.

To run the prayer center, it took prayer, work and money. The need for an ever increasing financial contribution by the Sisters is the main reason for closing Shalom.

“The Sisters are at a point where they can no longer financially subsidize this spiritual ministry,” says Benedictine Sister Sandra Meek, administrator of Queen of Angels.

The Sisters say they will continue to offer spiritual direction, teach in parishes and offer space for personal retreats at the monastery. The Benedictine Oblates – lay people who devote themselves to Benedictine life – are an additional way that the Sisters share spirituality, prayer and hospitality.

“We are very grateful to all of our benefactors, volunteers, board members and friends who call Shalom their spiritual home,” Sister Sandra says. “Their generosity and service will always be remembered. We hope that the relationship with the Queen of Angels monastic community will continue, despite the closing of Shalom Prayer Center.”

Current and new reservations through June of 2017 will be honored.

ROSEBURG – The excited winner of an iPad Mini in a drawing among Catholic Sentinel survey takers says she’ll need to learn to use the gadget.

But Clarice Osborne of St. Joseph Parish in Roseburg, Ore., thinks that if it’s like a smart phone, she can handle it. That’s a sign that people of all ages are getting information from technology.

Osborne, like many readers, prefers the paper copy when it comes to the Catholic Sentinel, Oregon’s Catholic newspaper. That even though, the Sentinel Facebook page and the Twitter account include videos, more photos and responses from readers.

Whatever way she reads, Osborne says she most likes the variety of writers, all of whom help her in different ways.

Preliminary data from the survey of Sentinel readers, collected over the past two months, show that 80 percent prefer reading on paper. More than 6 in 10 respondents said they never go to the paper’s website. But almost 6 in 10 said they use Facebook.

Local news is the most cherished reading topic, with parish-related items a close second. Also high are topics of faith and spirituality and Vatican news. The least favored topics are health and finance.

Almost two-thirds of respondents are female and more than half were 56 or older. Two-thirds are married.

PORTLAND – More than 800 Catholics singing to the blare of trumpets and the melody of strings let Portland hear their voices May 8. It was the 19th annual Mass held during Portland’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

Mariachi Guadalajara led music for the annual Mass, held in a tent along the Willamette River waterfront.

Mexican tradition and the faith of all Hispanics enlivens the celebration of the annual Eucharist. Worshipers look forward to it all year and many come.

Archbishop John Vlazny, a Spanish-speaker who retired as leader of the Archdiocese of Portland, presided. He thanked the many people who make the Mass happen. That included Raul Velazquez, director of Hispanic ministry in the Archdiocese of Portland. The mariachi music is an expression of faith, Velazquez explained.

– Catholic Sentinel (Oregon Catholic Press)

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