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 Feb. 23, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Richard R. Mercy SJ

Father Richard Mercy SJ Jesuit Father Richard R. Mercy, age 69, died Feb. 6 in Spokane after a short battle with esophageal cancer.

A wake was held Friday, Feb. 10, at St. Aloysius Church in Spokane. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next morning. Interment followed at Mt. St. Michael Cemetery.

In addition, a memorial Mass was celebrated for Father Mercy on Feb. 17 at St. Joseph Church, Yakima.

He was born July 23, 1936. His first vows were pronounced in Sheridan, Ore., in 1961.

His ministerial involvement with Native American communities began in 1977 and included time as pastor and director of Kateri Northwest Ministry Institute.

He is survived by his brother, Jesuit Brother Fred Mercy of Omak, Wash.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Kateri Northwest Ministry Institute, 330 E. Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202; or the Apostolic Fund of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286-0010.

Sister Ellen Elizabeth (Emma Theresa) Kelly SP

Providence Sister Ellen Elizabeth Kelly died Feb. 5 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. She was 93 years old; she had been a member of the Sisters of Providence for 71 years.

The vigil was held Feb. 10 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next day.

She was born in Seattle, and in 1935 entered the Providence novitiate there. She professed her first vows in 1936 and final vows in 1939. She held a teaching diploma, and a bachelor of science degree in education from Seattle University, awarded in 1944.

For 25 years she served as a teacher or principal in schools throughout Washington, including Walla Walla. She was the founding principal of St. Finbar School, Burbank, Calif., as well.

She served her community as Provincial Councilor, as Community Services Assistant, and in development work. She retired to St. Joseph Residence, Seattle.

Donations in memory of Sister Ellen Elizabeth, to support the ministers of the Sisters of Providence, may be sent to: Sisters of Providence, Office of Development, 9 E. 9th Ave., Spokane, WA 99202-1209.

Sister Therese Leonie Beaupre SP

Sister Therese Leonie (Irene) Beaupre, a Sister of Providence, died Feb. 12 at the age of 92 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle.

The vigil was Feb. 15; the funeral Mass, Feb. 16; both took place at St. Joseph Residence.

She was born in St. Hubert, Quebec, Canada, where she was educated before entering the Providence novitiate in Montreal in 1934. She professed vows in 1936, and final vows in 1939.

She was assigned to the U.S. missions of the Providence Sisters’ St. Ignatius Province shortly after profession, and in 1947 became a U.S. citizen.

Sister Therese worked in a number of Providence institutions over the years, in Montana, Idaho, and Washington, including St. Joseph Academy in Sprague, in the Spokane Diocese. Her activities included ministry as a patient visitor, and in hospital admissions.

In 1990 she moved to Mt. St. Joseph, Spokane, and in 1996, to St. Joseph Residence, Seattle.

Memorial donations in support of Providence Sisters ministries may be sent to: Sisters of Providence, Office of Development, 9 E. 9th Ave., Spokane, WA 99202-1209.

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