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 Sept. 10, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Philomena Rosaire Glynn OSF

Sister Philomena Rosaire Glynn of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia died Aug. 25 at St. Ann Convent, Tacoma, Wash. She had been a professed member of her community for 70 of her 90 years.

The vigil and wake were held at St. Ann Convent on Aug. 30. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next day.

Sister Philomena Rosaire was born in County Galway, Ireland. She entered the congregation in 1935 and professed her first vows in 1939.

She earned bachelorís degree in education from Holy Names College, Spokane, and a masterís degree in education from San Diego College for Women. She ministered primarily in elementary education, both as teacher and principal. In later years she served in healthcare, working first as a chaplain and later as a volunteer.

Sister Philomena Rosaireís 10 years of ministry in the Diocese of Spokane included working with children at St. Joseph Orphanage (1944-1945). She taught at Mt. St. Joseph Academy in Tekoa (1948-1950) and at St. Charles School in Spokane (1951-1958). She also ministered for 26 years in the Archdiocese of Seattle, in various roles in California, and for six years in Worland, Wyo.

Sister Philomena Rosaire also ministered in Oregon, as as teacher in the Diocese of Baker.

For 10 years she lived in Portland while serving as provincial treasurer of the former Sacred Heart Province.

Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.

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