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

Compiled by Father Tom Caswell, for the Inland Register

(From the July 21, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

From the Inland Register
Volume 19, No. 45
50 Years Ago: June 19, 1961

75 Years of Love, Growth: Sacred Heart Hospital Notes Jubilee

“Although we know that change is equated with progress, one thing that hasn’t changed: it is that intangible but real relationship which exists between nurse and patient…. Some psychologists may call us old-fashioned, but we still believe in the inherent dignity of the individual.”

Thus spoke Betty Haspedis, director of nursing service at Sacred Heart Hospital, as the tone was set for a panel discussion by hospital administrators that highlighted a banquet meeting in observance of the hospital’s diamond anniversary June 9.

More than 250 persons relived some of the experiences in the development of Sacred Heart Hospital as reference was made to the Feast of the Sacred Heart, 1886, the day the cornerstone was placed for Spokane’s first hospital.


Panelists time and again alluded to the changes which have taken place in hospital care. Dr. John E. Hill, director of pathology, mentioned that as recently as 1950 the pathology department performed only 40 types of tests, but that in the last decade, the tests executed have grown to 270.

Dr. Clyde A. Stevenson, director of radiology, mentioned new x-ray equipment available which assists better diagnosis, thus cutting down the time a patient is hospitalized.

T.J. Underriner, assistant administrator; C.F. Legel, controller; and Andrew Simonsen, purchasing agent, spoke of new business methods enabling hospitals to keep abreast of current billing and collection trends.

Mary Kolbeson, director of the school of nursing, spoke of the training methods used in producing today’s nurse. “Only a few years ago a nurse had to be familiar with only a few types of medications … now the names of the new drugs are totaled in the hundreds,” she said.

And though it was developed that the role of the nurse and of medicine has changed vastly, the conclusion was that the mercy and compassion of the nurse for the patient was still most important to hospital care.


Sister Mary Bede, administrator, traced the history of Sacred Heart from the days when it was located at Trent and Browne on the Spokane River front.

It was mentioned that about 24,000 in-patients and about 11,000 emergency cases are admitted each year. Sacred Heart has a payroll of $3.5 million for its 1,100 employees.

Dr. John J. Black, president, presented a gift of $500 to the hospital on behalf of the Sacred Heart medical staff.

The public banquet was preceded the past Friday by a Pontifical High Mass sung by Bishop Topel in the presence of Archbishop Edward D. Howard of Portland, Ore.

The Very Rev. Edmund W. Morton SJ, president of Gonzaga University, delivered the sermon. Archbishop Howard delivered the occasional address in a luncheon for clergy that followed in the Providence Auditorium.

Persons came from many parts of the nation for the diamond jubilee events. Last Saturday and Sunday, the alumnae of the school of nursing held homecoming for nearly 200.

Among the out-of-town guests of the hospital were Sister Theodula, immediate past administrator of Sacred Heart Hospital, new of St. Joseph Hospital, Vancouver, Wash.; Sister Agnes of the Sacred Heart, a former administrator, now of St. Joseph Hospital, Burbank, Calif.; and Mother Judith, Provincial of Sacred Heart Province, Seattle.

From the Inland Register
Vol. 44, No. 1
25 Years Ago: July 1986

Over $80,000 distributed: Catholic Foundation awards 69 grants

As part of its distribution process for 1986, the Catholic Foundation awarded 69 grants, totaling over $80,000, during a ceremony held June 27.

Grants ranged in size from $125-$5,000.

The Foundation has been inexistence for five years.

This marked the second year that funds generated by the sale of the Marycliff High School property were included as part of the grant process. Funds generated from that sale have been used to create an endowment applied specifically to the needs of Catholic education in the diocese.

According to Paul Russell, Chairman of the Catholic Foundation Board of Directors, “This year nearly one-third of the total money granted went to programs based outside the Spokane metropolitan area.”

The distribution of the grants had an impact on “a wide range of age and ethnic groups, as well as geographical centers,” Russell said. “As the Foundation grows, I anticipate that we will continue to broaden the scope of needs we are able to meet through the financial support of the Foundation,” he said.

In addition to awarding annual grants, the Catholic Foundation also maintains permanent endowments for over 25 Catholic parishes, schools, and other organizations within the diocese. The income from the endowment is distributed annually, while the principal is allowed to grow, providing a base of long-term, stable financial support.

This year’s grants were awarded to the following:

• $450 to Spokane’s Assumption Parish to purchase audio-visual equipment for the youth ministry program.
• $1,300 to Spokane’s Assumption School to partially fund the remodeling of existing facilities for the special education program.
• $1,000 to Walla Walla’s Assumption School to fund a half-time remedial reading teacher.
• $1,000 to Cataldo School, Spokane, to provide Slingerland teacher training for four teachers and materials for learning disabled children in grades K-3.
• $1,500 to Spokane’s Catholic Elementary Band Program to purchase band instruments and to provide tuition for students’ assistance in band classes.
• $1,000 to Pasco’s Catholic Family Service to partially fund a teenage self-awareness program as a means to avert child abuse.
• $1,500 to Spokane’s Catholic Family Service/Catholic Counseling Service of Pullman to fund a part-time counselor for Catholic students at Washington State University, Pullman.
• $735 to the Office on Aging of Spokane’s Catholic Family Service to provide the salary for a part-time woman for the In-house Care Registry program.
• DeSales Junior/Senior High in Walla Walla received two grants: $510 to provide computer software and materials for a Career Directions program, and $2,400 to purchase 15 microscopes for the grade 7-12 science classes.
• The Parish Services Office received six grants: $2,500 to purchase audio-visual materials for the diocesan resource library; $750 to fund the “Caring that Enables” program in family ministry; $500 to fund a one-day workshop on children’s liturgy for Directors of Religious Education; $500 to purchase the copyrights for the Christian Leadership Institute for use in ongoing youth ministry; $550 to provide partial funds to support CYO softball, basketball, and volleyball leagues; and $1,250 for room and board for a visiting National Evangelization Team for the diocesan youth ministry program.
• $1,000 to the Big Bend Regional Council of the Diocese of Spokane’s Social Services Division to expand a volunteer network to respond to the increased demand for emergency assistance in the Big Bend area.
• $1,800 to Guardian Angel/St. Boniface School in Colton to provide computer systems and software for use in the curriculum.
• Gonzaga Prep, Spokane, received three grants: $500 to expand the school’s computer program by purchasing software for use in the English lab; $1,750 to partially fund three retreats to provide the “People for Others” program; and $2,400 to provide financial aid for one or more female students at the school during the 1986-87 school year.
• $600 to the Interparish Hispanic Ministry of Okanogan County to pay costs associated with parish workshops in Brewster and Omak/Okanogan for Hispanic Catholics.
• $1,000 to Clarkston’s Holy Family School to provide equipment to update the science program.
• $2,100 to Spokane’s Holy Family Adult Day Health, Inc., to provide funds to extend its hours of service and to add a social day care component to serve elderly persons.
• $650 to Holy Names Music Center to purchase materials to be used in the music curriculum offered to the Clarkston and Colton Catholic schools.
• $1,000 to Oakesdale’s Holy Rosary Parish/St. John St. Catherine Parish for audio-visual equipment for the Religious Education Program.
• $750 to Spokane’s New Life for Catholic Singles for speaker funding for Catholic families who are involved in crisis situations and need to reassess their relationship with God and society.
• $600 to Immaculate Conception Parish, Republic, for materials for the youth and adult religious education programs.
• $1,000 to Jesuit Indian Minority Services for housing costs for Indians attending Gonzaga University.
• $1,000 to Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Okanogan, for a video camera for adult education programs serving five parishes in the Okanogan Valley.
• $300 to Pure Heart of Mary Parish in Northport for texts for the children’s religious education programs.
• $600 to Kettle Falls’ Sacred Heart Parish for sound equipment for the church.
• The Sisters of the Holy Names in Spokane received two grants: $5,000 to provide an operational budget subsidy for a special education program currently serving St. Aloysius Parish, and $500 to provide a fund for materials, food, clothing and other items needed by women and juveniles in transition from the jail environment to the outside world.
• $750 to the Spokane Catholic Urban community for partial expenses for an apprentice Indian minister to work with Indians in Spokane urban parishes.
• $500 to Spokane Faith and Sharing, to assist poor and handicapped persons to attend a Faith and Sharing retreat.
• $4,000 to St. Aloysius School to provide tuition scholarships.
• $300 to Medical Lake’s St. Anne Parish for a television monitor for the VCR used in children’s religious education and adult education programs.
• $500 to Spokane’s St. Ann Parish to assist with parish funding of a Neighborhood Sunday Lunch program in the East Central neighborhood.
• Spokane’s St. Charles School received two grants: $2,500 to partially fund a program for scholarships and skill-building grants for parents in need, and $1,500 for student materials of the Merrill Program/Accent on Science program for grades 2-8.
• Spokane’s St. Francis of Assisi/Xavier School was awarded two grants: $600 to assist with the purchase of computer hardware for educational programs; and $1,000 to assist with initial funding for supplies for a latchkey program at St. Francis Educare for children in grades K-6.
• $600 to St. John Vianney Parish for audio-visual equipment for the elementary and high school religious education program.
• $1,400 to St. John Vianney School for computer hardware and audio-visual equipment as a first-phase effort to establish a resource center at the school.
• $1,000 to St. Joseph Parish, Spokane, to match a gift to pay the salary of a religious education coordinator.
• $500 to St. Joseph Parish, Rockford, to update and rewire facilities for religious education classes.
• $600 to St. Joseph Parish, Trentwood, for audio-visual equipment for the religious education and youth activities of the parish.
• $1,000 to St. Mary’s Presentation Parish, Deer Park, for audio-visual equipment for the parish religious education program for grades 1-12.
• St. Paschal School, Spokane, received two grants: $1,000 to re-wire school facilities, and $1,000 for materials and audio-visual equipment for the Educare Program.
• $1,000 to Pasco’s St. Patrick Parish for textbooks for grades 1-7 of the Hispanic religious education program.
• $3,500 to Pasco’s St. Patrick School for the salary for a bi-lingual educator/aide and for materials for Hispanic children in grades K-6 of the school’s Educare program.
• $125 to Spokane’s St. Patrick Parish for a typewriter for the Religious Education Office.
• $1,500 to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Spokane’s St. Patrick Parish for heating, food, and emergency supplies to the needy of the community.
• $4,000 to Spokane’s St. Patrick School for a scholarship program for students in need of assistance.
• $800 to St. Peter Parish, Spokane, for a VCR and television monitor for grades K-12 of the religious education and youth ministry programs.
• $800 to St. Thomas More Chapel and Newman Center at Washington State University, Pullman, for a VCR and television monitor for the Newman Center’s religious education programs.
• $624 to St. Thomas More School, Spokane, for audio-visual materials for the Human Sexuality curriculum.
• Trinity School, Spokane, received two grants: $4,000 for tuition assistance and help for students in need, and $1,200 to Trinity School to renovate and update space in the parish convent to house the Trinity Child Care Center.
• $350 to Walla Walla’s tri-parish Religious Education Program for a VCR for grades K-12.
• Immaculate Conception Parish, Oroville, received two grants: $250 for Hispanic textbooks for grades 2-8 of the religious education program, and $665 to purchase food for the soup kitchen program.
• $1,000 to St. Michael Parish, Inchelium, to develop a network of youth clubs across the Colville Reservation.
• $536 to Othello’s Sacred Heart Parish to assist in funding the creation of a youth center at the parish for both Anglo and Hispanic youth.

(Father Caswell is archivist for the Inland Register, and a frequent contributor to this publication.)

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