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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Nation’s second-oldest Jesuit turns 100

by Bonita Lawhead, Inland Register staff

(From the Oct. 3, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

On Sunday, Oct. 13, Jesuit Father Francis Anthony Logan of Spokane will be 100 years old. That will make him the second- oldest Jesuit in the United States. Jesuit Father James Martin at Georgetown University celebrated his 100th birthday Aug. 30.

Father Logan, who has lived in the Jesuit Infirmary at Gonzaga University since December 2000, will be honored at a reception Oct. 13 at Bea House at 3 p.m. Later in the week he will travel to Seattle for a second party in his honor Oct. 19.

Nearly all of Father Logan’s ministry was spent in the Seattle Archdiocese. He taught at Seattle Prep and Seattle University and after retiring as a teacher in 1972, he spent another 20 years serving as a parish priest in the Archdiocese.

Even at the age of nearly 100, Father Logan’s mind remains sharp and he carries on an extensive correspondence. Every couple of months or so, he dictates a lengthy letter. The letter is typed by a friend and mailed out to several hundred people.

He writes in a natural, gently humorous style and has a good memory for the events of his long life. In the latest letter he wrote that his health is good – “my good appetite in the dining room should tell you that,” he said.

In the letter, he tells about the time he served as an assistant in the Jesuit parish of St. Jude in Havre, Mont. He celebrated his 25th ordination anniversary there. After being ordained in Los Gatos, Calif., he wrote, he would never have guessed he would “have a jubilee in a far-off place.”

Father Logan still says Mass each day and welcomes visitors who stop by. In an interview last year, he said he listens to the radio and has “lots of time to pray.” Even so, he said in his latest letter, “I am surprised that time passes so quickly here where one day is much like another.”

In his letter, Father Logan asked for “a daily Ave” as he looks forward to his 100th birthday next month.

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