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April 2015 News Reports

Pope names Thomas Daly to be Bishop of Spokane

Spokane’s new Catholic Bishop Thomas Anthony Daly, the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Spokane, visited Spokane briefly on March 12 after the announcement of his appointment by the Pope through Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.

Since 2011, Bishop Daly, 54, has been the auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of San Jose, the 10th largest U.S. diocese with 670,000 members.  Spokane’s diocese has 96,000 parishioners.

Bishop Daly, who succeeds Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, held a news conference and met staff of the Catholic Pastoral Center and priests.

He will return to Spokane for his installation as Bishop of Spokane on May 20 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

A vigil will be held the evening before the installation for representatives of clergy, deacons, religious and secular groups to  welcome him and join him in prayer. Public receptions will follow the Prayer Vigil and the Installation Mass.

Bishop Daly attended Catholic schools in San Francisco. After he earned a bachelor’s from the University of San Francisco in 1982, he entered priestly formation at St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, Calif., and earned a master of divinity degree.  In 1987, he was ordained and became assistant priest at Our Lady of Loreto parish in Novato until 1992. 

He taught and was chaplain at Marin Catholic High School until 2003, also working as parochial vicar for parishes in Lagunitas and Nicaso from 1995 to 1999.  In 1996, he earned a master’s in education from Boston College. He has also served as a part-time police chaplain, vocations director, and boys school chaplain.

For information, call 358-7300 or visit

Composer, GU present music by Arvo Pärt

Gonzaga University Music Department presents “Mirror in the Mirror: A Celebration of Arvo Pärt,” a concert and lecture with Donivan Johnson, composer and K-12 music teacher in the Selkirk School District, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, at the Gonzaga University Chapel, Third Floor of College Hall.

Donivan said Pärt, born in 1935 in Estonia and baptized Lutheran, converted to Russian Orthodoxy, which influences his music. He uses religious texts, but composes music for the concert hall.

Donivan’s compositions, while influenced by Pärt’s style, are for church services.

Pärt is one of the “most performed, honored and revered composers of contemporary classical music,” said Donivan, who will discuss the technique Pärt created in the 1970s called tintinnabuli, Latin for little bells.

He explained that Pärt’s style is like having a pianist’s left hand play the same chord while the right hand plays the melody, with each note bound to one of the three notes of the chord, so dissonances arise.

In 1976, Pärt published a solo piano work that introduced his technique in a way that reaches listeners spiritually, said Donivan.

“Using only scales and triads captures the ears, hearts and minds of listeners at all levels of musical background,” he said.

“The melody represents the self-centered, egotistic voice of sin and suffering,” he explained.  “The chord represents the objective realm of forgiveness.”

Donivan said Pärt once spoke of making music with the “enigmatic equation of 1 + 1 = 1,” meaning that the voice of the melody plus the voice of the chord creates something unique.

In addition to two piano solos, a piano duet, a choral work for guitars, and “Spiegel im Spiegel” (Mirror in the Mirror) for cello and piano, two of Donivan’s works influenced by Pärt will also be performed—“Ecce Agnus Dei” for solo piano and “deeply fixed thorns” for cello and piano.

For information, call 313-6733 or 446-2117.

Monastery announces its new prioress

After a week of prayer and discernment in early March, the community of the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho, chose Sister Mary Forman as its 14th prioress.

The community reviewed their goals to identify leadership needs, and decided by “convergence and consensus.”

Sister Mary will be installed on June 13, 2015, succeeding Sister Clarissa Goeckner, who served as prioress for 10 years.

Sister Clarissa expects that  Sister Mary will activate the community’s imaginations to find new possibilities and renew commitment to prayer, justice and peacemaking.

Sister Mary grew up in Boise and worked as a pharmacist after graduating from Idaho State University in 1970. Before and after entering the monastery in 1973, she was a pharmacist. She also taught release-time religious education for public school students and served various parishes as youth minister, pastoral associate and director of religious education.  She was also a retreat minister at the monastery.

She also taught Latin at the Center for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, was a councilor for the Federation of St. Gertrude, and a past president and board member of the American Benedictine Academy.

Currently, she is associate professor in monastic studies at the School of Theology at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and teaches at the College of St. Benedict.

For information, call 208-962-5065 or

Benefits raise nearly half of goal for 2015

The Fig Tree has raised $22,165 as of publication time from its 2015 Benefit Breakfast and Lunch March 11 and 13.  With pledges of $3,300, the total is $25,435.  Other gifts and pledges are expected through the year, too.

The initial goal to meet 2015 budget commitments is $30,000.  The full goal of $50,000 will allow The Fig Tree to add the staff it needs.  The Fig Tree also budgets for $15,000 from sponsors.

The Fig Tree continues its pledge drive in this issue and online, with excerpts from benefit speakers’ comments in Sounding Board and video online.

Those videos and the Northwest Profiles video at can be used by benefit attendees and supporters who want to share The Fig Tree story.

“We hope people will spread the message and encourage others to become readers and sponsors,” said editor Mary Stamp.  “We are so thankful for the strong support from and the energy of those who attended the breakfast and lunch.

“Now we also are into our drive for advertising underwriters for the 2015-16 Resource Directory,” she said.  “Last year, we were $5,000 short on the directory, so we need more partners who will help underwrite the publication.”

There has also been so much demand for the directory that The Fig Tree plans to publish 1,500 more copies for a total of 11,500.

“The demand for directories exceeded the number of copies we published this year,” Mary said. “So advance orders are important, especially for those who want bulk quantities.”

For information, call 535-1813.

Interfaith Council meets on Sunday, April 19

The Spokane Interfaith Council is holding its Annual Meeting and Potluck from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, April 19, at the West Central Episcopal Mission, 1832 W. Dean Ave.

The Annual Meeting is a time when the council and members reflect on the past year and plan for the future, learning about upcoming projects and electing its board.

“We’re looking to hear your feedback so we can change our community into a more inclusive, pluralistic community together,” said board president Skyler Oberst.

For information, email

Martin Luther King Center dinner set

The Martin Luther King Jr Family Outreach Center Benefit Dinner is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 18, at the Spokane Convention Center Centennial Lobby Ballrooms ABCD, 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd.

Proceeds from this benefit will be used to further and expand the array of social services provided through the Center to Spokane area children, youth, and families.

For information, call 455-8722, email or visit

CROP Hunger Walk is Sunday, April 26

Spokane’s 38th CROP Hunger Walk starts with registration at noon, Sunday, April 26, at the Spokane Community College Lair, 1810 N. Greene.   At 1:30 p.m., the walk begins.

Family Promise of Spokane and Greater Spokane Meals on Wheels will share 25 percent of proceeds, and the rest goes to Church World Service for international disaster relief and development assistance.

The annual walk is an example of how much can be accomplished if each person does a small part, said chair Randy Goss.

Spokane’s walk is one of 2,000 held around the United States.  Members of 18 area congregations participated in 2014, raising nearly $13,000.

This year’s Spokane CROP Walk will include performances before the walk and gift baskets from local businesses.

For information, call 468-4099 or email

Get Lit! uplifts reading, writing

The 17th Annual Get Lit! celebration of reading and writing for all ages will hold a variety of events from Monday to Sunday, April 20 to 26 in various venues in Spokane.

Programs are to enhance the artistic, social and cultural life of people through community events, readings, workshops and poetry slams.  Authors include Sherman Alexie, Sharma Shields, Walter Kirn, Benjamin Percy, Jess Walter, Rick Barot, S.M. Hulse, Shawn Vestal and Melanie Rae Thon.

For information, visit their website at

Our Kids Our Business opens with luncheon

Host Robyn Nance, co-founder of Teen Closet, leads a panel with local law enforcement, pre-K, K-12, higher education, medicine and business experts for the 9th Annual “Our Kids: Our Business” Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, at the Spokane Convention Center.  A training session from 1 to 5 p.m. features Jody McVittie of “Sound Discipline.” It focuses on “Building Resiliency for Students Exposed to Trauma.” 

For information, visit

African art exhibit raises funds for surgeries

African artists will exhibit their art during April at Dodson’s Jewelers, 516 W. Riverside in Spokane, to support heart surgeries in Rwanda through Healing Hearts Northwest.  That Spokane nonprofit that sends heart surgery teams to Rwanda every year.  The art is on display 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays. Another team will go in October.

Brothers Emmanuel and Innocent Nkuranga of the Inema Arts Center in Kigali, Rwanda, come annually to share their talents and stories of their art center.  The center supports fair trade to empower communities in impoverished nations like Rwanda. 

An opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 10, at Dodson’s features a short presentation by Hal Goldberg, MD, on “How Art and Medicine Are Saving Lives.” During April, Emmanuel and Innocent will also give presentations for community groups, said Sandy Goldberg, coordinator.

For information, call 991-6867 or visit

LDS church plans Family Discovery Day

“Family Discovery Day” of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 10405 W. Melville Dr., Cheney, will hold its annual Remembering Generations event from 8:40 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 18. It is an opportunity to learn how to use genealogical research resources, techniques and records to find ancestors and learn about their lives.  There will be 25 classes.

For information, visit or call 838-6489.

Retreat center plans April tour, events

John Sanford of Elijah House will lead the Wednesday, April 15, Coffee and Comtemplation from 9 to 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC), 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd., “Healing the Earth,” introducing biblical perspectives on nature and healing the land.

“Roads to Discovery” a tour of IHRC will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with lunch, on Tuesday, April 21, at the center.

Fr. Jeff Core, pastor at Sacred Heart in Pullman, will lead a Day of Prayer on prayer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 22.

“Knit Together in Prayer,” a knitting/crocheting mid-week retreat led by IHRC staff member Sandy Krause and Sr. Christiana Marie, SMMC, will be held from 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, until 1 p.m., Thursday, April 30, at the IHRC.  Participants may bring work or participate in a knit-a-long to create a Trinity prayer shawl.

For information, call 448-1224 or visit

Outreach Center sets Civic Theater benefit

Mission Community Outreach Center will hold its annual Civic Theater fund raiser Wednesday, April 22, for “Sherlock Holmes Curse of the Sign of Four.”  A dessert reception precedes the performance, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

Sandy Montgomery is the new operations manager at the Mission Community Outreach Center. She worked 18 years in graphic design at the Spokesman Review and has served disadvantaged families for many years. She also works at Miriam House. 

For information, call 536-1084 or email

Equal justice is theme for Whitworth Leadership Forum

Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, is the featured speaker for Whitworth University’s spring President’s Leadership Forum, at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 14, at the Spokane Convention Center. 

The initiative, a nonprofit law organization in Montgomery, Ala., focuses on social justice and human rights in the context of criminal justice reform. Bryan is a public-interest lawyer dedicated to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned.

Under his leadership, the EJI has won legal challenges to eliminate excessive or unfair sentencing, exonerate innocent death row prisoners, confront abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aid children prosecuted as adults.

A graduate of Harvard Law School and School of Government, he is a professor of law at the New York University School of Law.

He is the author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

For information, call 777-4974 or visit

LCSNW plans educational events during April

With April being national Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Child Abuse Prevention Month and including Crime Victim’s Rights Week, Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW), plans several educational events.

• The Clothesline Project will be displayed during April at the Chase Gallery at City Hall. This display acknowledges stories of victims of assault and their advocates, said Kristina Grundmanis, LCSNW education events coordinator.

• LCSNW will also host a month-long Online Activist Advent with daily posts to raise awareness and action on its Facebook page. 

• “On April 7, we ask Spokane to wear teal to raise awareness of the issues of sexual assault,” said Kristina.  “On April 29, National Denim Day, people are to wear denim for the same purpose.”

• To address campus sexual assault, a coalition of local campuses will showcase their response to the prompt “We Will…” on at 3 p.m., April 16 at River Park Square.

• The documentary, “The Hunting Ground,” will be shown on April 19 at the Magic Lantern. A panel discussion will follow.

• On April 18, LCSNW hosts its Chocolate and Champagne Gala Fundraiser to help children victims of sexual assault heal.

“We can end this violence by involving the community,” said Kristina.  “Sexual violence impacts more than victims.  We all have a role in awareness, prevention and response. At LCSNW, we embrace the Start by Believing Campaign to broach the conversation of how to respond when someone discloses that they have been a victim of assault or other crimes.”

For information, call 747-8224 or visit

Spokane Gives Week is a time to volunteer

A variety of opportunities to volunteer are listed online at for Spokane Gives Week, which begins Saturday, April 25 and runs through May 2.

The kickoff event is “Cleaning from the Core,” which includes street cleaning, sidewalk sweeping, trash removal and flower plantings to improve Spokane’s downtown.

For example, Catholic Charities Spokane’s program Food for All invites people to come to “Growing Veggies and Getting Dirty” from 10 a.m. to noon to the banks of Latah Creek, 1635 W. 26th Ave., to help with planting, weeding, harvesting and more.

From 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 26, Catholic Charities Spokane invites people to clean up flowerbeds and trash around its main building, St. Margaret’s Shelter and St. Anne’s Family and Children’s Center, meeting at 12 E. 5th Ave.

On Tuesday, April 28, Second Harvest is offering a volunteer opportunity to “Help the Hungry” by sorting and repacking food donations at 1234 E. Front Ave.

On Wednesday, April 29, volunteers will help Second Harvest’s Mobile Food Bank distribute food to 250 hungry families at 1603 N. Belt.

From April 25 through May 1, SCRAPS (Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service) is offering a variety of volunteer opportunities.

For information, visit

Seattle Times reporter speaks at Whitworth

Seattle Times reporter Mónica Guzmán will speak for the first Gordon Jackson Conference in Media Law & Ethics from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 11, at Whitworth University.

The conference for media professionals, faculty, students and the public will explore research, practice and professional issues related to mass communication law and ethics.

Duane Swinton from the Witherspoon Kelley law firm will speak on U.S. Supreme Court decisions relevant to media.

The conference is named for Gordon Jackson, a longtime Whitworth professor of communication studies and a South African native who has taught on media ethics, censorship and South African media at Whitworth since 1983.

He is the author of books and articles on journalism ethics.

For information, call 777-4704.


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