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 Oct. 1, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Dolores Ann (Doris) McDonald SNJM

Sister Dolores Ann McDonald of the Sisters of the Holy Names died Sept. 8 at the age of 97.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 11 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane, with burial the next day at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

Doris McDonald was born in Sacred Heart Parish, Spokane, Feb. 10, 1912. She graduated from Sacred Heart Elementary School and Holy Names Academy, and completed a year at Keating Business College, before presenting herself to the Novitiate of the Sisters of the Holy Names in 1931 at Marylhurst, Ore. She pronounced her vows in 1933 as Sister Dolores Ann. Her B.A. in Education was earned from Holy Names College in Spokane.

Her first missions were as Boarding School Prefect at Holy Names, Seattle and Christie Home at Marylhurst. She went on to teach at a number of schools in Washington, including Sacred Heart, Our Lady of Lourdes, and St. Patrick schools in Spokane, and Holy Rosary, Pomeroy.

She came to St. Patrick School as fourth grade teacher in 1972, and became the librarian, serving from 1981-1998. In fact, in 1993, the library was rededicated as a Media Center in her honor, “in thanksgiving for and appreciation of her more than 60 years of service to the Sisters of the Holy Names, her numerous hours of labor in and for this Media Center, and her countless acts of faith, hope and charity benefitting the people of St. Patrick School.” She stayed on as tutor for another year before retiring to Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane in 2001.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, 2911 W. Fort Wright Dr., Spokane, WA  99224.

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