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 Sept. 8, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Maurice B. Hickey

Maurice Hickey Maurice B. Hickey, former Communications Director for the Diocese of Spokane, died Aug. 27 after a long illness.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 6 at Assumption Parish, Spokane. Private inurnment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

He was born Dec. 14, 1922, in Aberdeen, Wash., and was a resident of Spokane since 1963. He grew up and attended Catholic schools in Tacoma, Wash., and served in the Army Signal Corps in Alaska for three years during World War II.

He worked for Pacific Northwest Bell for 37 years in various capacities, including Director of the Bell System Pavilion at Expo ’74. He later worked for Gonzaga University, United Way, and the Better Business Bureau.

He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Dominican Health Services and was a member and past president of Spokane North Rotary. He was active in and a lifetime member of the Spokane Ad Club and was selected Ad Man of the Year in 1974. Hickey was also a candidate for Spokane County Commissioner in 1980.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Geraldine (Gerry) Hickey; four children, Kathy (Mitch) Finley, Terry Harvey of Seattle, Dan (Vera) Hickey and Trish (Dave) Christenson; a brother, Frank (Mary Eva) Hickey of Tacoma, a sister, Mary (Richard) Unger of Portland, and 8 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Tim Hickey, in 2003 and a brother, Henry Hickey, in 1987.

Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities, P.O. Box 1453, Spokane, WA 99210-1453.

Sister Maureen (Joseph Marie) Gengler FSPA

Sister Maureen Gengler, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, died Aug. 30 at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wis. She was 85.

A prayer service was held Sept. 1 in Mary of the Angels Chapel in La Crosse. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next day. Burial took place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.

Sister Maureen was born to Joseph and Lavena (Voellinger) Gengler on Sept. 28, 1919, in Spokane. She entered St. Rose Convent on Aug. 14, 1936, and professed vows in 1939.

Sister Maureen ministered as a music teacher for five years before teaching on the elementary level from 1945-1951 and the secondary level from 1951-1976 in schools in Iowa, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. In 1976 Sister Maureen joined the Viterbo College (University) staff as Assistant Professor of English, a position she held until 1994, when she retired at St. Rose Convent.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, WI 54601-8800.

Sister Terence Maureen (Mary Patricia) Reilly SNJM

Holy Names Sister Mary Patricia Reilly died Aug. 28 at the age of 90. She had been a member of her Religious community since 1933.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 31 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane.

She was born in Spokane. She attended Holy Names Academy and Our Lady of Lourdes schools in Spokane, as well as schools in Vancouver and Yakima. She graduated from St. Mary High School, Phoenix, Ariz., and attended Phoenix Junior College for one year before entering the Holy Names novitiate. She pronounced vows in 1935.

She held degrees in English and literature from Marylhurst College and Seattle University, and taught in secondary schools from 1938-72.

She later ministered in the refugee program at St. James Cathedral, Seattle, and taught classes in English as a second language. Sister moved to Spokane in 1995, continuing her love of tutoring and of being of service within her Religious community.

In 1999 she moved into assisted living, and then to the convent’s care center in Spokane.

Sister Terence Maureen was a true contemplative as well as a true apostle. She was an advocate of women’s spirituality, reading from early mystics to contemporary prayer-leaders, with a hunger for learning and for the deepening of her relationship with God.

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

Brother Edward S. Jennings SJ

Brother Edward S. Jennings SJ Jesuit Brother Edward S. Jennings passed away peacefully Aug. 30 at the Oregon Province Jesuit Infirmary. He was 82 years old.

The vigil service was the evening of Sept. 2. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning. Both took place in Jesuit House Chapel, on the campus of Gonzaga University. Burial followed at the Oregon Province Cemetery.

Brother Jennings was born at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane. He attended grade school at St. Augustine, graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1941, and from Gonzaga University in 1945. Later he did advanced studies at the University of Washington and at Notre Dame University.

He entered the Society of Jesus in 1954 at the Jesuit Novitiate in Florissant, Mo. He pronounced final vows as a Jesuit Brother on Aug. 15, 1964, and worked as a librarian at the Jesuit school of philosophy, Mount St. Michael’s, from 1956–1971, and as a librarian and archivist at Gonzaga University from 1971–2002.

Donations in memory of Brother Jennings may be sent to the Jesuit Senior Fund, Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286.

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