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. 28, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Santos Maria Fernandez

Sister Santos Maria (Mary Jennie) Fernandez of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia died recently in Corona, Calif. She was 79 years of age and had been a professed member of her community for 58 years.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 8 at Mission San Antonio, Calif. Burial was at Crestlawn Memorial Park, Riverside, Calif.

She was born in Los Angeles but later moved to Wasco, Calif. She entered the congregation in 1947 and professed her first vows in 1950. She later earned a B.A. from Neumann College, Aston, Pa., and ministered in education, in parish ministry, and in Hispanic ministry.

Her ministry was mostly conducted in the Western United States, including 11 years in the Spokane Diocese, at St. Ann Childrenís Home and St. Charles School, Spokane, and in Hispanic ministry in Othello, Wash.

She also was involved in ministry in the Archdiocese of Portland and the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Memorial donations can be made to Franciscan Ministries Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.

Sister Lavita Jacobs FSPA

Sister Lavita Jacobs, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 87, died Feb. 22, 2008, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wis. She was in the 66th year of her Religious profession.

After earning a degree in education, Sister Lavita taught for seven years before pursuing a degree in Nursing Home Administration and Studies in Aging. For the next four years she was a helper at Saints Peter and Paul, Carroll, Iowa, and Marycliff High School, Spokane. She also ministered in Wisconsin, Michigan, California, and Arizona, in the fields of medicine and education.

She served her FSPA community as Secretary-Treasurer of the Health Care Province in St. Paul from 1981-1985. She made the Villa her home in 1991.

Sister Anna Maureen Lynch SP

Sister Anna Maureen (Patricia) Lynch, a Sister of Providence for nearly 70 years, died Feb. 22 at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle at 90 years of age. She would have celebrated 70 years as a Sister of Providence in July.

The vigil service was held the evening of Feb. 25 at St. Joseph Chapel, Seattle, and the funeral Mass was celebrated there the next morning. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.

Sister Anna Maureen was born Feb. 15, 1918 in Walla Walla, Wash., to Martin Bernard and Anna Henrica (Gross) Lynch. She graduated from St. Vincent Academy, Walla Walla, in 1936 and entered the Sisters of Providence Novitiate in 1938. She professed her first vows in November 1939 and her final vows in 1942.

Her educational opportunities included: BS in History from Seattle College, Seattle; Masters in Home Economics from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., 1963; and Principalís Certificate from Seattle University, Seattle, 1966.

Sister Anna Maureenís ministry assignments were primarily in education, including St. Joseph Academy and Carroll High School in Yakima; Providence Academy, Vancouver, Wash.; and Blanchet and John F. Kennedy high schools in Seattle. She also ministered at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Yakima.

She attended Maryvale, in West Terre Haute, Ind., in 1985 to study low-income housing in preparation for serving as manager of the new Providence House in Yakima, and assisted in the development of several other housing programs. She returned to St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, and served as a visitor and Sister Representative at Mount St. Vincent before returning to Providence House, Yakima, as manager. In 1994, she retired to St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.

Memorial contributions in her honor may be sent to: Sisters of Providence, Office of Development, 9 E. 9th Ave. Spokane, WA 99202-1209.

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