Honored principal seeks to ‘build up the body of Christ’

Vince McGovern helped turn around a struggling Our Lady of the Lake School SEATTLEBy Kevin Birnbaum Catholic education is in Vince McGovern’s blood. Several of the Philadelphia native’s family members teach or work in Catholic schools, and he attended Catholic schools from kindergarten through graduate school at Seattle University.

Making the transition

Catholic school eighth-graders get ready for the move to high school with special projects, events By Jean Parietti Eighth-graders at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Seattle have spent all school year working on the Juan Diego Graduation Project, an individual in-depth study of a social issue.

Making college a reality for foster youth

Donors to Seattle University’s Fostering Scholars program help cover educational, living expenses SEATTLEBy Jean Parietti Karla Garcia will soon receive her master’s degree in social work, a rare achievement for someone who spent years in the foster care system.

School-choice movement makes slow but steady gains

Vouchers, tax credits make headway with states across the political spectrum WASHINGTON School-choice initiatives — akin to the quiet students in the back of a classroom — have kept a relatively low profile in recent years while steadily working their way to the front.

New educational model a boon for St. Therese

Individualized online instruction is helping transform struggling school SEATTLEBy Kevin Birnbaum By the fall of 2011, St. Therese School was clearly in trouble. Enrollment had shrunk to just 124 students, and the school’s future was uncertain.

Magazine to 'lift women up' set for May debut

Although not religious, publication’s editors hope it helps in new evangelization WASHINGTON Love them or loathe them, many women have at some point flipped through the fashion and celebrity magazines that accost grocery shoppers at checkout lines.

Mystagogia: 'You've only just begun'

Neophytes learn that their entry into full communion with the church is the beginning of new journey SEATTLEBy Jennifer Sokol The Easter Vigil is the culmination of a dream for participants in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Lecturer points to shifting church demographics

Election of first pope from Western Hemisphere an indication of population trend SEATTLEBy Savio Pham Father Peter C. Phan identified two significant trends in contemporary Christianity in a lecture at Seattle University on Thursday, April 18: the growth in Pentecostal churches and the shift in the world’s Christian population from…

Gathering to encounter and share Christ

Evangelization program takes root at Holy Family Parish KIRKLANDBy Susan Eick When Holy Family Parish started an evangelization ministry called ChristLife last fall, Laure Anne Wilbert’s sister signed her up for a spot.

Newtown pastor grateful for response to shooting

Western Washington Catholics sent donations, posters, prayer shawlsThe pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown, Conn., sent a letter April 5 to the Archdiocese of Seattle, expressing his gratitude for the support his community received in the aftermath of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, which…

Remembering early missionaries

Parish plans celebration marking its origin as the archdiocese’s first permanent mission TOLEDOBy Jean Parietti In December 1838, Father Francis Norbert Blanchet of Quebec traveled up the Cowlitz River to establish a mission for French-Canadian Hudson’s Bay Co. employees and settlers, and to bring the faith to local Native Americans.

Juan Diego Academy off to a promising start

Bilingual education at Holy Rosary School has been ‘a tremendous success,’ says principal TACOMABy Kevin Birnbaum Friday begins at Holy Rosary School with kindergartners reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in confident, perfect Spanish. Then they make the sign of the cross in Spanish and say a prayer in Spanish as…

Bishops to legislators: Protect the poor

Bishop-supported bills succeed, abortion-coverage mandate flounders April 17 was the cut-off date for all non-budget-related legislation during the 2013 regular session of the state Legislature. According to its own self-imposed rules, only bills necessary to implement the budget can be considered from now until lawmakers adjourn Sunday, April 28.

From the bishops

Editor’s Note: On April 16 the bishops of Washington state asked Gov. Jay Inslee and state legislators to make funding for safety net programs for the poor the top priority in the 2013–2015 budget. The full text of their letter appears below. Dear Governor/Legislator,As the Catholic bishops of Washington state,…