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 Nov. 11, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Leo Marier

Leo Louis Marier, the father of Father Ed Marier, pastor of the parishes in Colton and Uniontown, died Oct. 10. He was 73 years old.

He retired 22 years ago from his work at Kaiser Aluminum.

He was born in St. Paul, Minn., and moved to Coeur d’Alene in 1935. He graduated from IHM Academy and served in the Army. In 1950 he married Patricia Crowder.

Survivors include his wife; Father Marier; two daughters; and four grandchildren.

Father Joseph Small SJ

Father Joseph Small SJ Father Joseph Small, 56 years a Jesuit and 44 years a priest, died Oct. 17 of cancer in Spokane.

The Vigil for the Dead was celebrated Oct. 21 at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, followed by the funeral Mass at St. Aloysius Church on Oct. 22. Burial followed at Mt. St. Michael’s Jesuit cemetery in Spokane.

Other memorial Masses in the Northwest were celebrated at Jesuit High School, Portland, Ore.; St. Joseph Church, Seattle; St. Ignatius Church, Portland; and St. Francis Xavier Church, Missoula, Mont.

He was born in Missoula and attended Missoula County High, Montana State, and Seattle University. Numerous stories and anecdotes by Father Small over the years always noted that his youth would not have garnered him accolades or high expectations. His entrance into the Society of Jesus in Sheridan, Oregon, in 1948 was as much a surprise to him as to his acquaintances.

After his ordination to the priesthood in Spokane in 1960, Father Small served as teacher and counselor at Seattle Preparatory School and Jesuit High School in Portland Oregon, from 1962-1985. Thousands of young people remember him as the face of the Church they struggled to understand and the wisdom of age they were hoping to embrace. In retreat work at Loyola Retreat House in Portland, Oregon, and Mwan-gaza Jesuit Spirituality Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, Father Small continued that commitment to be a companion to those seeking to know the deeper meaning of life in God in the world.

Since 2001, Father Small served as chaplain at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane. Although in his mid-70s, his fierce truth and gentle demeanor continued to draw students, faculty, parents and friends to seek him out in times of spiritual discernment and questioning. As he used to say with a light-hearted tone, “You know, I’m a guy who likes to be liked.”

Somehow, such complete transparency revealed a deep strength and faith, rather than weakness or lack. Generations of ordinary people, ‘lovely in eyes and limbs,’ could find the first steps out of a maze of confusion, through the features of Father Small’s face, mirroring back to them the affection of the God at the heart of it all.

Donations in memory of Father Joseph Harold Small SJ may be sent to the Jesuit Senior Fund, Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286.

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