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Scout policy ‘does not affect’ church teaching

State’s bishops affirm BSA’s mission, pledge to monitor policy developments SEATTLE “The Catholic Church teaches that all people are to be treated with dignity and respect,” the bishops of Washington state wrote in a statement in response to the Boy Scouts’ vote in May to admit homosexual youth into their…

The Migrant’s Way of the Cross

Bilingual book dedicated to a Mexican priest includes reflections by local contributors BURLINGTONBy Armando Machado A new book about the plight and dangers faced by migrants from Central America and Mexico tells their stories through reflections and prayers.

The Progress says farewell

Tackling tough issues for more than 100 years, ‘official organ’ brought Catholic perspective and chronicled accomplishments of the faithful SEATTLEBy Terry McGuire After more than a century of chronicling the lives, deaths and accomplishments of popes, bishops, priests, deacons, women religious and laypeople who shaped the Archdiocese of Seattle, the…

Scouts raise awareness of 'Jesus Prayer'

More than 3,000 prayer bracelets have been distributed for the Year of Faith By Jean Parietti When 13-year-old Benjamin Crosby wrote to Pope Francis in March, he included a gift — six “Jesus Prayer” bracelets. The wristbands accompanied an explanation of Crosby’s Eagle Scout project to share and educate others…

Finding faith in the streets

Arlington deacon’s reminisces about 13-year ministry that taught him lessons about the faith of the poor and marginalized SEATTLEBy John Wolcott For 13 years of his ministry, Deacon Phil O'Loane wandered at night through frightening neighborhoods, stepped cautiously through dark alleys and spent long hours ministering to the poor, despondent…

Newly ordained priest a spiritual — and literal — father

Father Mark Kiszelewski followed an unconventional route to the priesthood SEATTLEBy Kevin Birnbaum There aren’t a whole lot of priests in the Latin Church with two grown sons, but the Archdiocese of Seattle’s newest priest, Father Mark Kiszelewski, is one of those few.

Living with hope and uncertainty

Senate committee’s approval of immigration reform bill encourages local Catholics WESTERN WASHINGTONBy Armando Machado Rufina Ramirez received her work permit in January through the federal policy implemented last summer known as DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The policy temporarily shields from deportation undocumented young migrants who arrived in the…

Program to explore ‘Feminine Genius’

Based on letter by John Paul II, Small group sessions will remind women of their God-give dignity, gifts By Jennifer Sokol Kate Sweeney of the Archdiocese of Denver will lead two facilitator training sessions introducing a new study program for women in the Archdiocese of Seattle. The presentations on the…

Priests continue ministry well into their senior years

Archbishop supports, works with priests on options for ministry as they age By Jean Parietti When his car died last summer on the way to say Mass near Lake Quinalt, 83-year-old Father Steve Roman just pulled off onto a logging road and hitchhiked the rest of the way. Now the…