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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

Compiled by Father Tom Caswell, for the Inland Register

(From the April 9, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

From the Inland Register
Volume 17 – No. 36
50 Years Ago: April 17, 1959

Deanery Meeting Held by CCW Group; 125 at Sessions in Walla Walla

A swift-pared program marked the 27th annual convention of the Walla Walla Deanery Council of Catholic Women on Tuesday, April 7, in St. Patrick Parish, Walla Walla. Some 125 clergy and delegates packed both sessions and luncheon meetings at the Marcus Whitman Hotel.

The day-long conclave, with its theme of “Saying the Rosary Will Keep the Family Together,” started with High Mass celebrated by Msgr. Hugo Pautler. Msgr. Paul M. Georgen gave the sermon.

St. Patrick, Walla Walla, as host parish, had the largest number of delegates present, although St. Patrick, Pasco, tops percentage-wise, walked off with the attendance prize.

Elected delegates at the morning session were Mmes. Groer Hoegen, Pasco; Mike Herres, St. Patrick, Walla Walla; Gene Gerkey, St. Mark, Waitsburg; Edwin Chadek, St. Francis, and Miss Louise Lyons, Assumption.

Reports and speeches were made by Mrs. Jack McLoughlin, Rosalee Berrigan, Mrs. T.E. Kelly, DCCW president; Gerald W. Mosman, Mrs. Francis Pautler, Mrs. A.D. Clark, Mrs. Marcel Oriard, and Mrs. Gene Gerkey.

Bishop Topel, speaking on the importance of the Family Rosary, challenged conventioneers to spread the movement by starting the practice in their own homes.

Among the clergy acting as speaker were Father William Schmitz, St. Patrick, Pasco; Father David E. Rosage, director of Immaculate Heart Retreat House; Father Albert Austen, Assumption; and Msgr. Pautler.

Hostesses for the meet were Mrs. Jack McLaughlin, chairman; and Mmes. Paul Symbol, Frank Porter, Dee Dodds, and Leo Cunningham, and Miss Louise Lyons.

Luncheon arrangements were made by Mrs. Frank Gustafson and Mrs. Mike Herres, with assistance from Mrs. William Bowe, Miss Anne Martin, and Mrs. William Beaver.

Corsages were presented to Mrs. Kelly, Mrs. Gerkey, Mrs. Sam Grant, diocesan parliamentarian; and Mrs. C.J. Thomas, pianist.

Mrs. Frank Paul was lauded by Msgr. Pautler for efforts in laying the groundwork for the formation of Legions of Mary in the deanery.

David Grimes, Assumption, and Patricia Berry, St. Patrick, Walla Walla, received awards in the recent Rosary essay contest chaired by Mrs. Jim Savage.

New officers installed by Msgr. Pautler were Mrs. Gustafsen, president; Mrs. Edward Hickey, secretary; and Mrs. Emilio Guglemelli, Jr., treasurer.

Registration during the meeting was handled by Miss Nell Conlon, Miss Ann Hanson, and Mmes. Edward Chystal, Catherine Tsegarden, Ann Beaver, Arthur Yeend, and Robert Kuchlick .

Mrs. Gene Gerkey, correspondent.


Volume 41 – No. 2
25 Years Ago: Sept. 7, 1983

Msgr. Rosage Honored

Msgr. Rosage, director of Immaculate Heart Retreat House, has been named the 36th recipient of the Gonzaga University DeSales Medal.

The honor, first awarded in 1930 as a memorial to famed Northwest Jesuit missionary Father Peter DeSmet, acknowledges men and women who typify the university’s ideals through their personal and public achievements.

The medal will be awarded during the 1984 commencement ceremonies on May 13, 10 a.m., in the Kennedy Pavilion.

When contacted for a comment, Msgr. Rosage said he was grateful to be singled out for such high esteem.

“I had two great privileges in my life: my vocation in the priesthood and my assignment to retreat work as my ministry,” he said. “Any measure of success is due to God’s blessing on our retreat apostolate and to the generous and gracious cooperation of all persons involved in our retreat work.”

In announcing the award, Jesuit Father Bernard Coughlin, University President, wrote to Msgr. Rosage: “Your many years of service to Christ and His people, through work in parishes, the Immaculate Heart Retreat House, and your numerous publications on spirituality are broadly recognized. Acknowledged also are the ideals you have held out to your fellow priests and brothers and sisters in Christ far and wide. Above all, the character of your life and work reflects in an admirable way the ideals Gonzaga desires in its graduates.”

Born and raised in Johnstown, Pa., Msgr. Rosage studied at the Pontifical Seminary of the Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio. In 1943, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Spokane.

For 13 years, he served as assistant pastor of St. Ann Parish. He taught at Marycliff High School for seven years and was diocesan youth director for 11 years.

He was appointed the first pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in 1956.

At the forefront of the Catholic retreat movement following Vatican II, Msgr. Rosage was appointed the Spokane Diocese’s retreat director in 1957. His position involved founding a retreat movement and raising funds to purchase property and build a retreat house. When the retreat house was built, he was named its first director.

He was invested as domestic prelate for the Spokane Diocese in 1976. Since that time he has led numerous spiritual programs and retreats in Israel and Jordan and has travelled throughout the U.S. and Canada directing retreats.

He is the author of 18 books on prayer, most of which have sold a quarter of a million copies. One of his books, Speak, Lord, Your Servant is Listening, has sold over a million copies in English and its seven translations.

(Father Caswell is archivist and Ecumenical Relations Officer for the Diocese of Spokane, and a regular contributor to this publication.)

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