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 May 24, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Michael McHugh SJ

Jesuit Father Michael McHugh died May 1, age 86.

The wake was May 8, and the funeral Mass, May 9, both in Spokane. In addition, memorial Masses were celebrated for Father McHugh in Seattle and in Browning, Mont.

He grew up in Seattle and joined the Society of Jesus’ Oregon Province in 1938. He was ordained a priest in 1951 at St. Mary Church, San Francisco.

He taught at Seattle Prep; worked in Jesuit formation in Sheridan, Ore.; was pastor of St. Ignatius Parish, Portland; St. Joseph Parish, Seattle; and was assistant pastor, then pastor, in Havre and in Browning, Mont.

He retired to the Jesuit infirmary in Spokane in 2002.

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

Sister Laurianus D’Urso OP

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Laurianus D’Urso died April 25 at St. Dominic Villa, Sinsinawa, Wis. The funeral Mass was celebrated in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa April 27, followed by burial in the mother-house cemetery.

Sister Laurianus made her first Religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican March 8, 1938, and her final profession Aug. 4, 1941. She was an elementary school teacher for 32 years and a school librarian for 24 years, serving in Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Alabama, New York, Minnesota, and Washington, including St. John Vianney School, Spokane Valley.

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701 or online at www.

Kevin Gallagher

Kevin Gallagher, husband of Dorothy Gallagher, principal of St. Patrick School in Spokane, died May 1 in Spokane. He was 50 years old.

The funeral vigil was May 7 at St. Patrick Church, Spokane. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next morning. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

Kevin was born in Spokane on July 2, 1956. He worked in the auto business as a parts specialist for over 30 years. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, an avid reader and outdoorsman, and known as a selfless individual who lived the Knights motto: “In service to one, in service to all.”

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two sons, Thomas Michael (age 7) and Jack Michael (age 2), and daughter Abigail Mae (1 month); brothers Jerry (Vickie) and Patrick (Paula) Gallagher, and in-laws Carl and Dorothy Larsen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter Michael and Winifred Mae Gallagher.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gallagher Children Trust Account at any Sterling Savings Bank location, or to the St. Francis Xavier Parish Hall Building Fund, 5021 N. Nelson St., Spokane, Wash. 99217.

Sister Mary Frances (Mary Nora) Mullen SNJM

Holy Names Sister Mary Frances Mullen died May 8 in Spokane. She was 95 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated May 10 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane.

She was born and raised in Seattle, where she was educated before entering the Holy Names community in 1930.

She studied music education at Marylhurst College, and went on to teach and perform on piano, harp and cello. She later earned a degree in church music from the University of Montreal, and taught for 55 years.

After retirement, Sister Mary Frances continued to volunteer at Swedish Hospital, Seattle. She moved to Spokane in 1993.

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

Sister Bernadine (Miriam James) Casey SNJM

Sister Bernadine Casey of the Sisters of the Holy Names died May 10. She was 91 years old.

The funeral vigil was May 14; the funeral Mass was celebrated May 15, both at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

Although she was born in Wisconsin, she grew up in Seattle, where she attended Holy Names Academy and Seattle College prior to joining the Holy Names community in 1937.

She held a bachelor’s degree in English from Marylhurst College, Oregon, and a master’s degree in English from Gonzaga University.

For some 34 years she taught English and French on the secondary level in Oregon and Washington; was an exchange teacher for two years in Winnipeg, Manitoba; and housing director, assistant to the vice president for academic affairs, and to the dean of students at Fort Wright College of the Holy Names in Spokane.

She later studied journalism and communications at Spokane Falls Community College, and began a new career as a journalist and writer, working as associate editor of The Fig Tree, Spokane’s ecumenical newspaper, and editing the books Letters from Solanus Casey and Meet Solanus Casey, about her uncle, a Franciscan priest renowned for his holiness.

In 2005 she retired, after a fashion to the Convent of the Holy Names, but remained active in communications efforts until the end of her life.

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

Sister Mary Michelle (Marion Jean) Holland SP

Providence Sister Michelle Holland died April 28 in Spokane after a long illness. She had been a member of her Religious community for 60 of her 79 years.

The vigil service was May 2; the funeral Mass, May 3. Both took place at the chapel at Mt. St. Joseph, Spokane. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

Sister Michelle was born Marion Jean Holland in Bovill, Idaho. After graduation from Marycliff High School, Spokane, she entered the Providence community in Seattle. She made her final vows in 1951.

She held degrees in chemistry from the College (now University) of Great Falls and from the University of Notre Dame, and Montana State teaching credentials. She also spent an additional year studying theology at Notre Dame.

She taught at a number of Providence schools, and also ministered in administration for the Providence community. She served variously as Director of Education and Provincial Councilor, and as Provincial Superior of what was then the St. Ignatius Province. She also served as Assistant to the President at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, and Director of Mission Effectiveness and Values Integration.

Sister Michelle also served on a number of governing boards, on the Washington State Hospital Association Committee on Governing Boards, the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Health Association, the Board of the National Sisters Vocation Conference, and chairperson of Region XV of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

She assisted in the development of the Providence Center for Faith and Healing and in 1992 was a founding board member of Providence Services, which oversaw institutional ministries of St. Ignatius/Mother Joseph Province through 2005.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province, Office of Development, 9 E. 9th Ave., Spokane, WA 99202-1209.

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