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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 Dec. 16, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Father J. Patrick Hurley SJ

Jesuit Father J. Patrick Hurley died Dec. 3 in Spokane after a long illness. He was 77 years old and had been a member of the Society of Jesus for over 60 years.

Father J. Patrick Hurley SJThe rosary was Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Jesuit House chapel in Spokane. The funeral Mass followed that day, at 4:30 p.m. Burial was Dec. 8 at Mt. St. Michaelís cemetery.

He was born in Mt. Vernon, Wash, and attended Roosevelt Grade School and Seattle Prep. His formation took place at Sheridan, Ore., and Mt. St. Michaelís, Spokane. Theology was at St. Maryís College, Kansas. He held bachelorís and masterís degrees from Gonzaga University and a licentiate in theology from St. Louis University.

He was ordained a priest June 19, 1957, and made final vows as a Jesuit on Aug. 15, 1961.

Father Hurley served various as rector of Mt. St. Michaelís Philosophate; co-pastor of St. Leo Parish in Tacoma, St. Joseph Parish, Seattle, and St. Joseph Parish, Yakima. He also served as pastoral minister at Columbiere Community, Portland.

His final years were spent in prayer at Harbor Crest Nursing Center, Spokane.

Father William Loyens SJ

Jesuit Father William Loyens, former provincial of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, died Dec. 8 at the Jesuit Infirmary at Gon-zaga University, Spokane. He was 77 years old; he had been a member of the Society of Jesus for 57 years.

Father William Loyens SJThe vigil was held Dec. 10. The funeral Mass was the following morning; both took place in the Jesuit House chapel. Burial followed the funeral, at Mt. St. Michaelís Cemetery, Spokane.

He was born in Belgium and studied at St. Joseph College in Turnhout. He was accepted as a member of the Oregon Province in 1947, and made his noviceship in Belgium. In 1950 he came to Sheridan, Ore., to continue his formation program. He studied at Mt. St. Michaelís, Spokane, and Gonzaga University, where he earned bachelorís and masterís degrees, as well as a state teaching certificate. Theology was at Alma College, Los Gatos, Calif.; he later earned a doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

He ministered for many years in Alaska, as a tenured associate professor at the University of Alaska and as Superior of the Alaska Jesuits.

In 1976 he was appointed Provincial Superior of the Oregon Province. Health problems forced his resignation from that post in 1979.

In 1980 he returned to Alaska, where he taught and engaged in pastoral ministry until 1993, when he began his ministry in Malawi, Africa. He taught theology in the seminary there until 1998, when again health issues forced him to change his ministry. He returned to Alaska briefly, then went back to Africa in 2000, where he stayed until last November, when he moved to Spokaneís Regis Community.

In 1985, he said, ďI think my being a priest and being associated with the Society of Jesus is the greatest thing that ever happened in my life.Ē

Sister Xavier Mary (Elizabeth) Courvoisier SNJM

Sister Xavier Mary Courvoisier, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names, died Nov. 24 in Spokane.

The funeral Mass was celebrated at the Convent of the Holy Names on Nov. 29.

She was born in San Francisco, Calif., in 1919. By the age of 3 she was studying piano; at age 6, she added violin and music theory. By the time she was 10 she had added cello to her accomplishments.

She entered the Holy Names community in 1940 and pronounced vows in 1942. She graduated from Marylhurst College, Ore., with a bachelorís degree and teaching certificate. After teaching science from 1942-50 in Seattle, Spokane, and schools in Oregon, she began teaching music.

She graduated from Juilliard School of Music with a masterís degree in violin in 1959. She then taught music at Fort Wright College, Spokane; Holy Names University, Oakland; and Gonzaga University, Spokane.

Sister Xavier Mary played with the Spokane Symphony and Chamber Orchestras for 17 years, and began and conducted the Gonzaga University Orchestra prior to her retirement in 1994, when she was honored as a professor emeritus of music.

She gave her last violin lesson within two weeks of her death.

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

Sister Therese (Helen of Jesus) Martin SNJM

Holy Names Sister Therese Martin died Nov. 25, 2004.

The funeral Mass and celebration of life were Dec. 1 at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane. A memorial celebration also took place at St. Frances Cabrini Church, Lakewood, Wash., Dec. 3.

She was born in Cherokee, Iowa, in 1934. She attended North Bend Grade School and Holy Names Academy in Seattle before entering the Holy Names community in 1952. She pronounced her vows two years later.

She attended Marylhurst College, Ore., and Holy Names College at Fort Wright, Spokane, and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in piano.

She taught classroom music and piano in Holy Names schools in Salem, Ore., and throughout Washington state, including Spokane. She joined the faculty of St. Frances Cabrini School in Tacoma, Wash., in 1974, from which she retired last spring.

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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