2019 Celebration of Faith

Central Washington Catholic Foundation - Celebration of Faith

SAVE THE DATE!

October 12, 2019 at The Yakima Convention Center
5:30pm Reception
6:30pm Dinner & Program
Tickets: $110
Tables of 10: $1,100

Keynote Speaker - Fr. Robert Spitzer

Jesuit Father Robert J. Spitzer, president of Gonzaga University, announced March 17 that he plans to leave his post in July 2009 and will work with the school's board of trustees to initiate a transition in leadership at the Jesuit-run university in Spokane, Wash. Father Spitzer is pictured in an undated photo. (CNS photo/Image Studio, courtesy of Gonzaga University) (March 19, 2008) See GONZAGA-SPITZER March 19, 2008.

Fr. Spitzer was President of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009. While president, he significantly increased the programs and curricula in faith, ethics, service, and leadership, and led the efforts to build 20 new facilities, increased the student population by 75%, and raised more than $200 million for scholarships and capital projects.

He has made many TV appearances including: Larry King Live (debating Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow), the Today Show (debating on the topic of active euthanasia), The History Channel in “God and The Universe,” a multiple part PBS series “Closer to the Truth,” and the Hugh Hewitt Show.

Special Honoree - Fr. Auve

Father Auve

"Fr. Auve has been a guiding light for Catholic education for over 50 years. Fr. Auve served as both Headmaster and Principal of Yakima Central High School and Carroll High School, respectively. After serving as Chancellor of the Diocese, he spent six years as Spiritual Director of  Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon. Fr. Auve was nominated by the religious education staff of Holy Spirit Parish in Kennewick where he has served as pastor since 2017." 

2018 Awards & Scholarships

$140,000 awarded to 147 students through the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

$32,800 distributed to 19 parishes and 3 faith events though the Religious Education Program (PREP)

$10,000 awarded to 4 students for Catholic College Scholarships

 

$17,200 Designated for Religious Education Training