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 July 30, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Father John S. Schwarz SJ

Father John S. Schwarz of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus died June 26 in the Jesuit Infirmary on the Gonzaga University Campus. He was 80 years old.

The vigil was prayed the evening of June 29 in Jesuit House Chapel, where the funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning. Burial was in the Oregon Province cemetery.

Father Schwarz was born in Tekoa, Wash., on Jun 13, 1929. He graduated from North Central High School in Spokane in 1947 and attended Gonzaga University from 1947-1951.

He entered the Society of Jesus on Sept. 7, 1953, at Sheridan, Ore. After his novitiate and initial studies at Sheridan, Oregon, he studied philosophy at Mount St. Michael, Spokane, and later taught at Gonzaga Prep. From 1961-1964 he studied theology at Alma College in California and was ordained to the priesthood on June 5, 1964, in St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco.

He began graduate studies at Stanford University in 1964 and later taught history at Seattle University from 1970-1994. He then served as pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Mt. Vernon, Wash., until 1999.

Because of declining health, he moved to the Regis Jesuit Community in Spokane in the fall of 1999.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus Senior Fund, P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286-0010.

Stella H. Root

Stella H. Root, 86, mother of Father Richard Root, a priest of the Spokane Diocese, died July 19.

The funeral Mass was celebrated July 22 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Syracuse. Interment was at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Geddes, N.Y.

She was a lifelong resident of Syracuse, N.Y., and a member of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles M. Root, and her brothers, Frank and Matthew Dembowski.

She is survived by a daughter, Catherine Root of Syracuse; two sons, Michael (Roxanne) Root of Cary, N.C., and Father Richard Root of Syracuse; a granddaughter, Michele (Chris) Brant of Morrisville; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to CNY SPCA, 5878 East Molloy Road, Mattydale, NY 13211, or National Stroke Association, 9707 E. Easter Lane, Centennial, CO 80112.

Sister Mary Medved SNJM

Holy Names Sister Mary Medved died July 5 at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 53 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated July 18 in the convent chapel at Marylhurst, Ore. A memorial service was celebrated at Sabbath Space, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Spokane, on July 17.

She was born April 3, 1956, in Portland, and attended Our Lady of the Lake School, Lake Oswego, and St. Mary Academy, Portland, before entering Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a degree in public administration. She later received an MA in religious studies from Gonzaga University.

She served as a Jesuit Volunteer, eventually serving as the Jesuit Volunteer Corpsí Northwest Area Director and Executive Director of Jesuit Volunteers International in Washington, D.C.

Sister Mary ministered in Spokane, working with Catholic Charities from 1997-2000.

She was part of the Holy Names Sistersí delegation to the United Nations meeting on water, sanitation and human settlement.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and Southwest Washington, PMB 243 Suite 103, 16420 S.E. McGillivray, Vancouver, WA 98683-3461, and/or the Holy Name Sisters Foundation, P.O. Box 411, Marylhurst, OR 97036.

Sister Shirley Boucher OSF

Sister Shirley Boucher of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration died June 30 at Most Pure of Heart of Mary Convent in Mobile, Ala. She was 61 years old and had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 38 years.

The funeral Mass was celebrated at Most Pure Heart of Mary Church, Mobile, July 7. Burial was at Our Lady of Angels Convent, Aston, Pa.

Sister Shirley was born in Whitefish, Mont. Prior to her entrance into the congregation in 1968, she graduated from Great Falls Central Catholic High School. She earned a BA in education from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., and an MA in education from the University of San Francisco.

She ministered in elementary education, including time as a teacher at St. Charles School, Spokane, and was the author of several articles published in educational journals. Her interest in science led her to be part of the Astronaut Space Camp in 1974 and since 2000 has been active in the GLOBE Program sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation. In 1991 she also spent eight weeks ministering in the Meheba Refugee Camp in Zambia.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.

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