Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 21, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Francis Logan SJ

Father Francis Logan SJ Father Francis Logan of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus died Oct. 8 at the Jesuit infirmary in Spokane. He was just five days short of his 102nd birthday.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 14 at St. Aloysius Church, Spokane, He was buried in the Jesuit cemetery at Mt. St. Michael, Spokane. A memorial Mass was celebrated as well on Oct. 20 at St. Joseph Church, Seattle.

He was born in Seattle, where he attended St. Rose Academy, Cathedral Grade School, and Seattle College. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1919 at Los Gatos, Calif.

He taught for four years at Seattle Prep before theological studies in Louvain, Belgium. He was ordained in Belgium Aug. 24, 1933.

He then returned to Seattle Prep, where he served variously as principal, teacher and baseball coach.

Father Logan professed final vows as a Jesuit on Feb. 2, 1936.

Between 1939 and 1945, Father Logan had six different assignments: assistant pastor at St. Leo Parish, Tacoma; teacher at Gonzaga Prep, Spokane; back to Seattle College; to St. Jude Church in Havre, Mont.; back to Seattle Prep; and finally, after a year of study in France, returning to Seattle College, where he remained until his retirement in 1970. There Father Logan taught French, English, Spanish, theology and nursing ethics at what later became Seattle University.

Father Logan coached baseball, basketball and handball. He organized a campus bowling team, affectionately known as the “Holy Rollers.”

Father Logan initiated and conducted several European tours for Seattle University students and friends. For six years he worked summers as a chaplain on Alaskan cruise ships. He once toured the U.S. from New York to Seattle on a Greyhound bus, stopping overnight in cities with Jesuit residences where he could rest.

Although he retired from teaching in the 1970s, Fr. Logan remained a member of the Seattle University Jesuit community until December 2000. When health difficulties necessitated more personal care, he moved to the Jesuit infirmary on the campus of Gonzaga University in Spokane.

Donations in memory of Father Francis A. Logan SJ may be sent to the Jesuit Senior Fund, P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286.

Sister Rosemary (Adeline Mary) Druffel SNJM

Holy Names Sister Rosemary Druffel died Oct. 10 in Spokane. She was 91 years old, and had been a member of her Religious community since 1936.

The vigil was held Oct. 12; the funeral Mass, Oct. 13. Both took place in the chapel of the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

She was born in Colton, Wash., where she attended Holy Guardian Angel Grade School and St. Scholastica Academy. She received a diploma from Holy Names Normal School, Spokane, and taught for two years in the Colton area before entering Religious life. She pronounced her vows in 1938.

Sister Rosemary earned a bachelor’s degree from Holy Names College, Spokane, and two master’s degrees – one in education, another in German – from the University of Washington.

She taught in Holy Names schools throughout Washington State, including a period as a faculty member of Fort Wright College. She was a skilled seamstress as well. She kept active throughout her life, finally retiring to the Care Center in 2001.

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

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