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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 Oct. 1, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

From the Inland Register
Volume 18 – No. 6
50 Years Ago: Sept. 18, 1959

Red Mass Is First In History of City

For the first time in Spokane, the Red Mass – a traditional ceremony in English universities and law courts which dates back to the 14th century – was celebrated today, Sept. 18, at St. Aloysius Church.

Gonzaga University’s President, Jesuit Father Edmund W. Morton, said, “We hope and pray this practice is invoking blessing on the courts, judges, lawyers, teachers, and students during the coming school year will become an annual tradition.”

Beginning with a procession from the University to St. Aloysius Chruch at 9 a.m., ecclesiastical dignitaries, university officials, visiting judges, and the law school faculty marched in the colorful proceedings attired in the appropriate church, judicial or academic robes.

Believed to have originated in the reign of Edward I of England about 1310, the Red Mass coincides with the annual meeting of the Washington State Bar Association, Sept. 17-19, and follows the opening of the University law school, Sept. 14.

Presiding at the occasion was Bishop Topel, with Jesuit Father Charles Walsh, S.J., of the University law school faculty.

Celebrant of the Mass was Father Morton, assisted by Jesuit Fathers Leonard Kaufer, of the philosophy department, as deacon; Clifford A. Carroll, regent of the business school, as subdeacon; and Joseph Conwell, chairman of the theology department, as master of ceremonies.

The sermon was delivered by Jesuit Father James V. Linden, regent of the law school, with the Mt. St. Michael’s choir singing the Mass.

90 Persons in Diocese Qualify as CCD Teachers, Get Diplomas

On Sept. 13, the day set aside by Bishop Topel as Catechetical Day for the Spokane Diocese in honor of the far-reaching work of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, 90 CCD teachers were awarded diplomas proclaiming their mastery of the approved course of study and attendance at methods classes conducted by Sister M. Maurina and Presentina, CCD directors for the diocese:

Our Lady of Lourdes, Mrs. Florence Zeimantz and Mrs. Marilyn Flynn;
Mary Queen, Mrs. Ruth Fishburn;
Sacred Heart, Mrs. Virginia Arvas and Mrs. Alice Hottell;
St. Augustine, Mmes. Richard DeDonata, Delbert Jeppson, Carl Kjeldsen, Kermit Rudolf, Martin Williams and Fred Murphy;
St. Charles, Mmes. Raymond Fox, William Gregory, Robert Loosemore, Darlene Tenhonen, Robert Wilson, and Lenore Hill;
St. Francis of Assisi, Mmes. Robert W. Anderson, Lawrence Conway, Elizabeth Jordan, Pierre LaCasse, George Polich, Frank Ressa, and Hilda Salokar;
St. Francis Xavier, Mrs. Richard McTigue and Mrs. O. W. Luther;
St. Paschal, Mrs. Alice Soularie;
St. Patrick, Mrs. Mary Grayhek and Mrs. A.J. Kiefel;
St. Peter, Mmes. Edwin Anderson, R.M. Cooper, William Gwinn, and Francis Wieber;
St. Mary, Veradale, Mrs. Fred Schrader;
Cheney, St. Rose of Lima, Mmes. Jack Crabb, Herb Goertz, Joseph Labish, Harry Mosman, and John Purvis;
Chewelah,St. Mary, Mrs. Ted Grumbach;
Colville, Immaculate Conception, Mrs. Rita Ferraro;
Connell, St. Vincent, Mrs. Richard Hart and Mrs. Forest Hill;
Coulee Dam, St. Benedict, Mrs. J.J. Kelley and Mrs. Kathleen Klaas;
Dayton, St. Joseph, Mr. Richard Girffin and Mrs. Eulalia Schreck;
Deer Park, St. Mary, Mrs. Paul Hodges, Mrs. Raymond Koesel, and Mrs. Allan Fackenthall;
Garfield, Immaculate Conception, Mrs. Jeanette Partch;
Harrington, St. Francis, Mrs. Melvin Schultz;
LaCrosse, St. Joseph, Mrs. Frank Guske, Mrs. Edna Magee, and Mrs. Fred Wesselman;
Medical Lake, St. Anne, Mrs. James Ohle;
Metaline Falls, St. Joseph, Mrs. Roy Anderson;
Newport, St. Anthony, Mrs. Katherine Litchfield and Mr. Lloyd Stratton;
Northport, Pure Heart of Mary, Mrs. Emma Lotze;
Odessa, St. Joseph, Mrs. Don Evavold and Mrs. Winston Weber;
Othello, Sacred Heart, Mmes. Kay Emry, James Erickson, Gerald Leliefeld, and Bett Tax;
Pullman, Sacred Heart, Miss Helen Lambe and Mrs. Rex Heck;
Republic, Immaculate Conception, Mrs. Maurice Slagle;
Ritzville, St. Agnes, Mmes. William Franks, Mary Meyer, and Alice Vostral;
Rockford, St. Joseph, Mmes. Gordon Burton, Herb Milhorn, Meryl Houston, and Theresa Cornwall;
Tekoa, Sacred Heart, Mrs. Wayne Bowmer and Mrs. Rita Smith;
Tonasket, Holy Rosary, Mrs. Dola Conners and Mrs. Martha Lysek;
Waitsburg, St. Mark, Mmes. Don Gagnon, Clifford Hermanns, and Fred Zuger;
Walla Walla, Assumption, Mrs. Mildred Lakin and Mrs. Grace Skrondal;
Walla Walla, St. Francis, Mrs. Margaret Chadek;
Walla Walla, St. Patrick, Mrs. Josephine Beaver and Miss Betty Lyons;
Colfax, St. Patrick, Mrs. Mary L. Brodie; and
Lind, St. Ambrose, Mrs. Clifford Pauley.


From the Inland Register
Volume 42 – No. 7
25 Years Ago: Oct. 2, 1984

Four Alumni to Receive Awards from GU

Four long-time residents of the Spokane area will receive Distinguished Alumni Merit Awards for 1984 from Gonzaga University. The awards are given by GU each year to encourage public recognition of alumni whose accomplishments and lives reflect the university’s commitment to “service to others.”

Thomas Malott is a retired partner in the Spokane law firm of Malott, Southwell and O’Rourke. He is a legal specialist in the fields of bankruptcy, domestic relations and real estate.

Malott was born and raised in Spokane. He was graduated from GU’s School of Law in 1934.

He has served as president of the Spokane County Bar Association, a member of the board of regents of Gonzaga Univesity, the board of governors of the Washington State Bar Association, the Gonzaga President’s Council, and is a fellow emeritus of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Lawyers.

Malott received the Gonzaga University Law Medal in 1971 and will be an instructor at Gonzaga-in-Florence during the fall semester of 1984.

Paul Redmond is president and chief operating officer of the Washington Water Power Company. He holds two undergraduate degrees from Gonzaga: in biology (1959) and electrical engineering (1965).

Redmond has held several management positions with WWP during his 19 years with the company. He was elected to its board of directors in 1980 and to his current position in 1982.

He is a past president of the Spokane Lilac Festival Association and was chairman of the 1983 United Way Campaign of Spokane County. He is serving now as a member of the Board of the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce, the executive council of the Inland Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the City of Spokane Sports, Entertainment, Arts, and Convention Advisory Board, and the executive committee of the Spokane Area Economic Development Council.

Redmond has also been a member of the Board of Regents of Gonzaga University for the last four years.

Jesuit Father Thomas Royce is a Provincial of the Oregon Province, Society of Jesus. He was graduated from Gonzaga Prep in 1943, and after joining the Jesuit novitiate in Sheridan, Ore., he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from GU.

After teaching at Marquette High School in Yakima, Wash., he was ordained in St. Aloysius Church in 1956. He taught philosophy for three years at Gonzaga and later earned a doctorate in philosophy from the Gregorian University, Rome.

He was dean of St. Michael’s Institute from 1971-1974, then taught for two years in the Gonzaga-in-Florence program.

When Father Royce returned to Gonzaga, he established several courses in theology and ethics. He was dean of St. Michael Scholasti-cate, then named rector of Gon-zaga’s Jesuit community in 1979.

Kermit M. Rudolf is a native of Cheney and a partner in the Spokane law firm of Dellwo, Rudolf and Schroeder. He is a 1939 graduate of the Medhill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, and a former member of the editorial staff of the Spokesman-Review.

While working for the Review, Rudolf enrolled in the evening division of Gonzaga Law School. He graduated magna cum laude and received the School of Law Dean’s Medal for scholastic achievement.

He was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 1951 and has been especially active in matters regarding water and irrigation. He has lectured on water law on numerous occasions at GU and has taught an undergraduate course in newspaper law for two years.

Rudolf is a past president of the Spokane County Bar Association, has served as a voluntary judge pro-tem in the Spokane County Superior Court, and is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

He is currently adjunct corporate counsel for GU, a position he has held since 1973.

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


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