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 Feb. 4, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Charles Zeyen MSF

Father Charles Zeyen, a member of the Missionaries of the Holy Family and a native of Spokane, died Jan. 6 in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 89.

The rosary was recited Jan. 7 at Padua Place Chapel in San Antonio. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next day at the Missionary Servants of St. Anthony’s Convent Chapel, also in San Antonio. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, San Antonio.

He attended school with the Jesuits in Kellogg, Idaho. After graduation he served in the U.S. Navy for 7 years, including World War II. He served aboard several submarines during his combat years. After his military service he worked for the Hormel Company and attended Mass daily. Eventually he answered his call to the Religious life and entered the Missionaries of the Holy Family.

His first vows were taken on Aug. 15, 1949 and he was ordained a priest in Saint Louis, Mo., on May 30, 1953 by Cardinal (then Archbishop) Joseph Ritter.

His assignments included Vocations Director; Associate Pastor Sacred Heart Parish, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Chaplain of the Tuberculosis Hospital in Harlingen, Texas.

In the fall of 1959 he pioneered missionary work in Mexico for the Missionaries of the Holy Family, centered in the Diocese of Saltillo.

In his recent years he resided at Padua Place in San Antonio, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Missionaries of the Holy Family, 3014 Oregon Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63118 (

Sister Madonna Marie (Clare Patricia) Cunningham OSF

Sister Madonna Marie Cunningham, former Congregational Minister of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, died Jan. 20 in Aston, Pa.

She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 54 years.

The vigil was held Jan. 26. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next day. Both took place at Our Lady of Angels Convent chapel in Aston. Burial was in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston.

She was born in Trenton, N.J., where she graduated from Cathedral High School. She entered the congregation in 1953 and professed her first vows in 1956.

Sister Madonna Marie earned a B.A. in English from Villanova University, and both an M.A. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University.

She ministered in education on both the elementary and college level, in congregational ministry, and in healthcare. In 2003 Sister Madonna Marie received the Papal Cross of Honor, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice.

She taught in a number of schools, including St. Charles in Spokane, 1956-57.

From 1970-83 she served as president of Neumann University in Philadlphia.

She retired in 2007.

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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