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Rest in peace: Father Eugene Glatt
the Inland Register
(From the Aug. 24, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)
Father Eugene Glatt, a priest of the Spokane Diocese for 47 years, died Aug. 20 in Spokane. He was 73 years old.
The vigil was scheduled for Thursday evening, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. The funeral Mass was to be celebrated Friday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. Both were to take place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane.
“Since living with (Father Glatt) at (Bishop White Seminary), as well as having him as a Caritas brother, I have grown to know him more and more,” said Msgr. Robert Pearson, the diocese’s Vicar for Priests. “He was, as we all know, a very simple man who was totally unpretentious and avoided the limelight. His love for the priesthood and the Church was always very apparent. I shall miss him.”
Father Glatt was born Oct. 5, 1932 in Hague, N.D. His family moved to Spokane when he was 10. In an Inland Register interview last April, he described that move as “like Columbus discovering America. In Spokane we had lights, indoor toilet, movies, radio; in North Dakota we had none of those things! It was really something, yes!”
His priestly formation took place at St. Edward Seminary in Kenmore, Wash., near Seattle. He was ordained to the priesthood May 7, 1959, by Bishop Bernard Topel in Spokane.
After an 11-day stay at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, he served as an assistant pastor of St. Charles Parish, Spokane, before being named administrator of the parishes in Wellpinit, Ford, and Hunters.
He later served as pastor of the parishes in Connell and Eltopia; Wilbur and Coulee Dam; Deer Park; St. Joseph in Trentwood; and Rosalia, Oakesdale, St. John, and Tekoa.
He retired from active ministry in July 2002.
A biographical sketch from some 30 years ago lists his hobbies as woodworking, including church furniture and keychains, and tole painting.
He came from a large family that spoke German at home. He entered the seminary formation program at St. Edward at the age of 14. “We were kind of poor,” he recalled last April. His sisters cooperated in dying his clothing black, in preparation for his entry into seminary life.
His family respected priests and the priesthood, and over the years he grew as a priest. “Maybe 15 years ago, I asked some people in the parish about my sermons, what they thought. One of them said, “Father, we’re praying for you.’ I hope I improved….
“When something happens then you just do the best you can to fix it,” he said. “I’ve got confidence in the Church, and I’ve got confidence in the Lord…. I just kind of trust the Church and trust the Lord.”