Thank you for supporting the 2015 Celebration of Faith - hundreds of people dedicated to passing on the faith gathered together in one room - talk about powerful! Your generosity through the event has ensured that kids throughout Central Washington will have opportunities to learn about Jesus.

Keynote Speaker

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Rev. Stephen C. Rowan, PhD

St. Martin’s University

Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle in 1968, Fr. Rowan has served in various academic positions as professor and dean at Seattle University and University of Portland as well as president of Carroll College. In 2001, while serving as the vicar for education and superintendent of Catholic schools, Rowan assisted the Archbishop of Seattle in establishing the Fulcrum Foundation as a funding source for the K-12 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. Presently, Fr. Rowan is the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington in addition to being a Trustee of the University.

Other notable honors include the reward for service from the College of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University, an honorary degree in Humane Letters from Saint Martin’s University, the Burlington Northern Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Leslie G. Brooks Memorial Prize. He received an honorary degree from SMU and was chosen as the Commencement Speaker in 2009.



Jane Dickinson

Celebration of Faith Chair

"Jesus said “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them…” Matthew 19:14 Leading children to Christ is what we do in Catholic religious education programs and schools. It is critical that we accept and continue the mission Christ gave us: to bring our children to Him."


Kathleen Wilmes

Executive Director

“Here in Central Washington, you and I are called to be the bridges – bridges between schools, bridges between parishes, and bridges between communities – so that together we can build bridges for families.”


Fr. Patrick Howell SJ

Bishop of Yakima

"Every Catholic family who wants a Catholic education for their child should be able to get one regardless of ability to pay and every Catholic family should be able to learn about Jesus regardless of their local parishes’ financial resources."

Tuition Assistance Program
St. Rose of Lima School - Ephrata, WA

Parish Religious Education Program
St. John the Baptist - Cle Elum, WA

Thank You To Our Partners!


Michael & Clara Gamache


Kevin & Teresa Riel


John & Michelle Riel

Evan & Sue Jones


Kathleen Arneil

Graham & Jacque Loynd


William Murphy

Steve & Jane Baldock

Charlie & Doris O'Connor


Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home

Randy & Jane Dickinson