Wins not as important as fostering ‘great men’

George Monica, Bishop Blanchet’s 34-year head baseball coach, passed major milestone this season with his 500th victory SEATTLEBy Kevin Birnbaum For George Monica, there are more important things in life than baseball, but that doesn’t mean the game is “just a game.”

Pope John Paul II High School to graduate first seniors

‘Pioneers’ of young school were ‘true leaders’ and ‘built a welcoming culture,’ says principal LACEYBy Kevin Birnbaum The eight members of Pope John Paul II High School’s first graduating class were instrumental in forming the culture of the young school — founding clubs, establishing traditions and serving as guinea pigs…

Special ceremonies to mark Memorial Day

Public can write memories, prayers on ‘tribute boards’ at Catholic cemeteries SEATTLE This Memorial Day, May 27, wreaths will be laid during special ceremonies at the archdiocese’s cemeteries as part of a national movement by Catholic cemeteries to honor the service and sacrifice of those in the military.

Honoring the fallen

Younger generation keeps alive the tradition of decorating veterans’ graves SHORELINEBy Jean Parietti When visitors arrive at Holyrood Cemetery this weekend, they will see hundreds of American flags fluttering over the graves of veterans and those killed in combat.

HNA senior launches foundation for Bolivia’s poor

A dozen Bolivian students will receive scholarships to attend Catholic high school this fall SEATTLE On a trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia, to visit her paternal grandparents two summers ago, Casey Benadof jumped at the opportunity to see what a public school there was like for kids her age.

Lay ministers exhorted to follow the Holy Spirit

Hundreds turn out for first annual archdiocesan celebration of lay ministry SEATTLE Approximately 450 parish employees and volunteers from around Western Washington turned out at O’Dea High School May 10 for the Archdiocese of Seattle’s first annual celebration of lay ministry.

Father Oliver Lee Hightower 1935–2013

Pastor and decorated Army chaplain was a master of languages DUPONT Father Oliver Lee Hightower, a longtime educator, Army chaplain and pastor of St. John Bosco Parish in Lakewood, died May 7. He was 77.

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…