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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Catholic business, professional women organization marks 50 years

the Inland Register

(From the March 1, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

Friends old and new gathered for the anniversary celebration of the Catholic Business and Professional Women Jan. 27 at Rockwood Lane in Spokane.

Msgr. David Rosage, the groupís long-time moderator, gave the welcoming talk to those who gathered. The group included 14 past presidents and three charter members: Angeline Schaaf, Virginia King and Maria Masterson.

A prayer ceremony in remembrance of some 101 deceased members was conducted by vice president Virginia Asan.

Msgr. Rosage recalled for the group the organizationís origins within the Catholic Youth Organization and the Excelsior Club of the late 1940s.

Member Helen Samsel also contributed to the history of the organization and its work in the 1950s toward the establishment of Immaculate Heart Retreat Center.

Presently, the group works to fund two scholarships which are awarded to college-age women each year.

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