NW Stories

Cover Story - Student Essay contest Winners

Last August, NORTHWEST CATHOLIC announced a student essay contest, open to students enrolled in any of Western Washington’s 74 Catholic schools. Students were asked to reflect on the theme of Catholic Schools Week 2014, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” and to share how faith, knowledge and service…

Saving Grace

Parish nurse Gwenn Baer’s faith and service to others helped her find peace, and a miracle By Jean Parietti

Changing hearts for life

Restoring hope in real happiness is the key to building a consensus against abortion, euthanasia By Jean Parietti

People of Faith - Lenny Wilkens

Lenny Wilkens credits hoops success to God Interview by Dan Lee Lenny Wilkens, a Hall of Fame basketball player and coach, currently ranks second in all-time wins as an NBA coach and first in all-time games coached.

Meeting Christ at 'The Mount'

The Eucharist gives nurse Nick Schoen the strength to face suffering and death with peace By Kevin Birnbaum Nick Schoen deals with a lot of loss each day. As a “neighborhood coordinator," or nurse manager, at Providence Mount St. Vincent, an assisted living community in West Seattle, he oversees 42…

Hospitality, housing and hope

Tacoma’s new Nativity House aims to create a pathway out of homelessness By Jean Parietti Ray Fair expertly chops carrots for the homemade soup that will feed more than 100 homeless men and women at Nativity House. Giving up part of his Saturday every month to volunteer in the kitchen…

Cover Story - The Road to Recovery

Steve Rhoades passed through addiction, whorehouses and near-death experiences on his way to the Catholic Church By Kevin Birnbaum Steve Rhoades cuts a striking figure striding through downtown Seattle. The 6-foot, 180-pound former Marine wears a long graying ponytail and a chunky metal cross around his neck, and he's pushing…

Celebrating the seeds of faith

Small faith community's history dates to its first Mass 175 years ago By Jean Parietti Faith and history are intertwined on the Cowlitz prairie. For nearly 175 years, Catholics have been celebrating Mass and receiving the sacraments on the same peaceful plot of land in present-day Toledo where the first…