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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 6, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Cecilia Claire (Hanna) Power SNJM

Holy Names Sister Cecilia Clare Power, sister of the late Archbishop Cornelius Power of Portland, Ore., died Jan. 18 at the age of 90.

The vigil service was Jan. 21. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning. Both took place at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane.

She was born in Seattle in 1912. She entered the novitiate in 1930 and pronounced vows in 1932.

She graduated with a degree in music from Marylhurst College and went on to teach music in Oregon Catholic schools until 1960. At that point Sister Cecilia Clare was named music consultant for her community. That work brought her to Holy Names Academy in Spokane and in Seattle.

She was named to Washington provincial leadership in 1970. In 1981 she began offering courses and workshops in personal development. She also maintained a library of spiritual resources.

Although she retired in 1992, she continued to pray for the ministries of the other Sisters and for the world.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Retirement Fund of the Sisters of the Holy Names, 2911 W. Fort Wright Dr., Spokane, Wash. 99224.

Sister M. Genevieve Ann (Roseanna) Hilgen SNJM

Sister Genevieve Ann Hilgen, a Holy Names Sister, died Jan. 25 in Oregon. She was 94.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 31 at the Provincial House chapel at Marylhurst, Ore.

A native of Dufur, Ore., she attended school at St. Mary Academy in The Dalles, Ore., before entering the novitiate in 1927. She made vows two years later.

Sister Genevieve held degrees from Holy Names College, Spokane, and the University of Washington.

For 46 years she taught in Holy Names schools in Oregon and Washington, including Spokane and Pomeroy in Eastern Washington. She went on to be a tutor and, later still, an advocate with the Portland Archdiocese’s Marriage Tribunal.

She retired in 1997.

Remembrances may be sent to the Holy Names Retirement/Ministry Fund, P.O. Box 411, Marylhurst, Ore. 97036.

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