NW Stories

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…

The glory of the Eucharist

Christ’s gift of himself in every Mass is the ultimate thanksgiving feast By Kevin Birnbaum Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie — for many Americans, these are the images called to mind by the word "thanksgiving." Come the fourth Thursday in November, we lay out Grandma's china, the good crystal…

People of Faith - Steve Olson

Steve Olson sings for ChristInterview by Dan Lee Steve Olson has spent more than 30 years in public service and safety with the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Fire Department. As an arson investigator, he uncovers and reports the causes of fires and assists displaced families.