NW Stories

Open eyes and open hearts

Driving a refrigerated rental truck to far-flung places like Forks isn’t exactly in Nick Leider’s job description.

‘A ministry of service’

Archbishop Paul D. Etienne will ordain 21 men to the permanent diaconate during a livestreamed Mass December 19 at St. James Cathedral.

Forty years of touching souls

It was October 1980 and Leonardo Defilippis had “a crazy dream”: to use his training as a Shakespearean actor to bring St. Luke’s Gospel to life in a one-man production at churches around the Pacific Northwest.

Burying the dead at the 'gate of heaven'

Richard Peterson has worked for the Archdiocese of Seattle’s cemeteries for 44 years, a career he began as a seasonal grounds worker while attending college seminary. He later was named superintendent of Gethsemane Cemetery in Federal Way and in 1991 was appointed Director of Cemeteries for the archdiocese. Peterson, president…

Proclaiming the word of God

Jim Russell recommends a simple prayer to readers as they approach the ambo to proclaim the word of God at Mass: “Please don’t let me screw up.”

A history of the archdiocese in 10 objects

The Archives of the Archdiocese of Seattle date back to the 1840s when our first bishop, A.M.A. Blanchet, and his vicar general, Father Jean-Baptiste Brouillet, began to set aside records documenting the building and administration of the church in this region. Since then, generations of archivists have faithfully preserved materials…

Serving farmworker families with Agape love

After two summers of helping migrant farmworker families in Whatcom County, Western Washington University students Kendra Baker and Juan Balmedina have grown in their faith through action and solidarity.

The miracle boy

Nearly 15 years later, Jake Finkbonner’s remarkable recovery from flesh-eating bacteria continues to strengthen people’s faith