In Your Midst


Summer 2000

In This Issue:
“Come without paying and without cost, drink wine and milk!” (Isaiah 55:1)

Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen was, and is, an avid reader and an inveterate collector of books. In the 16 years he lived at the Cathedral rectory, he amassed a collection of hundreds of books on a wide range of subjects — from theology and church history to biographies of ecumenical figures to presentation copies of books by Northwest authors.

Notable among the collection, not surprisingly, are books on issues of peace and non-violence. Never a passive reader, Archbishop Hunthausen’s books are full of doodles, underlines, check marks, and exclamation points.

A bequest from another avid reader and parishioner, the late Dr. Tom Marchioro, added hundreds of books to the Cathedral’s collection. Dr. Marchioro, an amateur theologian, collected a huge range of theological titles, from the works of St. Augustine and the Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas to books on American Shaker spirituality.

All these books, totaling several thousand, were scattered throughout the rectory on bookshelves and in boxes, from the attic clear down to the basement  — an invaluable resource accessible to no one and in a state of almost total disorder. In the back of his mind, Father Ryan dreamed of a parish library, but it was only a dream.

Mission Statement

The Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen
Library at St. James Cathedral is
a ministry designed to promote
the spiritual, intellectual, 
and emotional growth 
of the St. James community
by making easily available to them
significant works of theological,
philosophical, and literary merit.

The dream began to get realized one day when Nancy Flohr, a St. James parishioner, approached Father Ryan about establishing a library at the Cathedral. She got the idea from her friend Mary Kay Haggard, a school librarian who started a library at Seattle’s Our Lady of Fatima Parish. After two years, circulation is larger than any involved ever anticipated. Book reviews and recommendations by staff and parishioners, published regularly in the parish newsletter, make the library a vital part of the parish's intellectual life.

Under Nancy’s able direction, the task of sorting, cataloguing, and shelving is now completed and the Hunthausen Library is open for business. The library is not limited to Catholic books, or even to specifically spiritual books, but includes a wide array of titles on family, parenting, and psychological issues, as well as fiction and biography. A constantly changing and evolving “wish list” is available for those who would like to donate books. Used book donations are also welcome, though all titles are subject to approval by the Library Committee.

The library is housed in the Cathedral Hall. Parishioners have access to the library during Sunday morning coffee hours.

All are encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful new resource at St. James Cathedral.

Maria Laughlin is the Cathedral receptionist and author of St. James the Greater, an illustrated history of St. James Cathedral’s Patron.

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