Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane
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the Inland Register
(From the May 22, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)
Providence Sister Cecile (Emile Isidore) Denis died on April 28, 2008 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, at 89 years of age, after 71 years as a Sister of Providence.
The Vigil Service was April 30 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, and the Funeral Mass was celebrated there on May 1. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.
Sister Cecile Denis was born on July 1, 1918, in Fournier, Ontario, Canada to Emile and Dorinda (Martin) Denis. She entered the novitiate at the Providence Mother House in Montreal, Canada in November 1935, professed her first vows in 1937, and her final vows in 1941. She became a United States citizen in 1944.
She received her nursing diploma from St. Joseph Hospital, Vancouver, Wash., Chaplain Certificate from National Association of Catholic Chaplains, Milwaukee, Wis., and a Credo Program Certificate from Gonzaga University, Spokane.
After a life of ministry in various aspects of health care, she retired in 1986. After retirement Sister Cecile continued at Providence Seattle Medical Center as the Sister of Providence Representative. She had a strong commitment to Providence values and mission. She made it a point to spend time with people and in places that were out of the way or less noticed.
Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 9 East 9th Ave., Spokane, WA 99202-1209.
Sister Brigid Mary Dempsey of the Sisters of the Holy Names died May 14 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane. She was 94 years old.
The funeral Mass was celebrated at the Convent on May 17.
Kathleen Dempsey was born in Seattle, where she attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary School, and graduated from Immaculate High School. Her parents had transferred her there because they had heard that the Sisters were “good teachers.” After one year at Marylhust College and one year at University of Washington, she attended Business College to prepare herself for office work, feeling that she ought to contribute financially to her family during the Depression years. She worked for four and a half years for the Washington State Liquor Control Board. During that time, the idea of being a Religious dedicated to service to others, remained strong within her, and she entered the Sisters of the Holy Names at Marylhurst, Ore., in 1938. She professed vows in 1940.
She completed work for her BA at Marylhurst College, and for her M.A. in English from Seattle University, and taught in both secondary schools and at the college level. She also engaged in pastoral ministry in the Yakima Diocese before coming to the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane, in 1989.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, 2911 W. Fort Wright Drive, Spokane, WA 99224.