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. 3, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Paul-Gabriel (Marie Cecile Gilberte) Desilets SP

Providence Sister Paul-Gabriel Desilets died Jan. 9 at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane. She had been a member of her Religious community for 75 of her 96 years.

The Vigil Service took place Jan. 13; the funeral Mass, Jan. 14. Both were celebrated at Mount St. Joseph. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

Sister Paul-Gabriel was born Oct. 20, 1914, in St. Wenceslas, County of Nicolet, Quebec, Canada. She attended public grade school and graduated from St. Wenceslas High School in 1932 where she was taught by the Assumption Sisters of Nicolet, Quebec, taking all her studies in French.

She entered the Sisters of Providence on Feb. 26, 1935, and became a novice on Aug. 27, 1935. She made her first profession two years later, and after being sent by her community to learn English, made her final vows in Seattle in 1941. She became a U.S. citizen four years later.

She received a certificate in Home Nursing from St. Ignatius School of Nursing (now Whitman Hospital and Medical Center), Colfax, Wash.

She participated in five summers of food service education conducted by the Food Research Center for Catholic Institutions, North Easton, Mass., and received a certificate of completion on October 13, 1968.

Her first mission was in food services at Providence Hospital in Seattle, followed by ministry at Columbus Hospital (now Benefis Healthcare), Great Falls, Mont.; St. Ignatius Hospital (now Whitman Hospital and Medical Center), Colfax; St. Clare Hospital, Fort Benton, Mont.; St. Joseph Academy, Sprague, Wash.; and Mount St. Joseph, Spokane.

She loved music. She played the piano, harmonica and guitar.

Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 1801 Lind Avenue SW, Renton, WA 98057-9016.

Father Paul Luger SJ

Jesuit Father Paul P. Luger passed away in the early morning of Jan. 19 at the Jesuit infirmary at Gon-zaga University. He was a man of prayer, science, and people; his life was devoted to service of God, teaching physics, and bringing the love of God to all he met through his quick smile, warm words, and gentle demeanor.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Jesuit House Chapel on the Gonzaga University campus, followed by burial at the Oregon Province Cemetery, Mt. St. Michaels, Spokane.

Paul Patrick Luger was born in his family home in Spokane on Oct. 7, 1911. He graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1928 and entered the Jesuit Novitiate in July 1929 at Los Gatos, Calif.

Paul did the regular course of studies for Jesuit scholastics and was ordained a priest on June 13, 1942, in San Francisco. He completed a Masters of Science in Physics from Fordham University in 1946.

Following the completion of his Jesuit training, Father Luger taught physics at Seattle University for the next 28 years.

He retired in 1974, but continued to work in parishes and hospitals in the Northwest until he was assigned to the Jesuit assisted-living in Spokane in 1991. Even then he continued to celebrate Mass, visit shut-ins, and walk several miles every day.

The brothers of Father Paul also devoted their lives to the Church and society. The oldest, Father Howard Luger, was a Jesuit priest, and second oldest, Dr. Fletcher Luger, MD, served the medical needs of many in Spokane. The youngest, Robert, studied for the priesthood as a Jesuit but died before his ordination.

Contributions in honor of Father Luger may be sent to The Senior Fund, c/o The Oregon Province Society of Jesus (P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286) or to Hospice of Spokane (P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210).

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