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. 20, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Francis E. Mueller SJ

Jesuit Father Francis E. Mueller died Sept. 28 at the Regis Jesuit Community in Spokane. He was 83 years old.

The vigil service was Oct. 3, in the chapel at Jesuit House. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next morning.

Burial at the Oregon Province Cemetery followed the funeral.

Father Mueller was born in Portland, Ore., in 1922. He graduated from St. John High School in Mil-waukie, Ore., in 1940. Later that year he entered the Society of Jesus novitiate at Sheridan, Ore.

After his novitiate and initial studies at Sheridan, he studied philosophy at Mount St. Michael, Spokane, from 1944-1947. He taught high school at Seattle Preparatory School from 1947-1950; from 1950-1954 he studied theology at Alma College in California. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 20, 1953 in St. Aloysius Church, Spokane.

Father Mueller went on to earn a doctoral degree in canon law from the Gregorian University, Rome, in 1958. He taught moral theology at Regis College, Toronto, Ontario, and served as Director of Novices of the Oregon Province Jesuits from 1961-1968.

He held several positions in the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, including chancellor, vicar general, official of the marriage tribunal, and pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Barrow.

In 2000 he moved to St. Michael Church in Oakridge, Ore., where he served a parish administrator. He moved to the Regis Jesuit Community in Spokane in 2003.

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

Sister Valerie (Helen Miriam) Lorenz SNJM

Sister Valerie Lorenz of the Sisters of the Holy Names died Sept. 26 at Marylhurst, Ore. She was 79 years old; she had been a member of her Religious community for 54 years.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 4 at the provincial house at Marylhurst. Burial followed at the cemetery there.

She was born in Butte, Mont. Her family relocated to Portland, Ore., when she was an infant. There she graduated from St. Mary Academy. After working two years as a secretary, she entered Marylhurst College. She graduated and entered the Holy Names novitiate; she made her final vows in 1956.

Sister Valerie taught in a number of schools in the Northwest, including four years at Holy Names Academy, Spokane.

She later earned masterís degrees from the University of Portland and the University of Oregon. She joined the faculty of Marylhurst College in 1967, and taught there until 1974.

She began to lose her sight in her 50s. Blindness and other illness finally forced her retirement to the Marie-Rose Center at Marylhurst.

Remembrances may be sent to the Holy Names Sisters Foundation, P.O. Box 411, Marylhurst, OR 97036.

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