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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


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(From the December 15, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Vincent J. Beuzer SJ

Jesuit Father Vincent J. Beuzer, 84, died Nov. 13 at Cardinal Bea House for retired Jesuits in Spokane.

A vigil service took place at the Jesuit House Chapel at Gonzaga University the evening of Nov. 16. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next day, also at Jesuit House.

The son of Vincent John Beuzer and Augusta Catarina, he was born in Everett, Wash., on Aug. 24, 1927. After elementary school he attended Bellarmine High School in Tacoma, graduating in 1945. That August he entered the Jesuit novitiate in Sheridan, Ore., to begin 13 years of study leading to the priesthood.

In 1949 he went to Mt. St. Michael in Spokane to study philosophy for three years. From there he was sent to Seattle Prep for “regency,” a three year period of teaching high school-age boys. Theological studies followed at Alma College in Los Gatos, Calif.

He was ordained a priest on June 14, 1958, at St. Aloysius Church, Spokane. His “tertianship,” a final year of spiritual formation before pronouncing final vows as a Jesuit, was spent at Manresa Hall in Port Townsend, Wash.

After graduate studies at the Gregorian University in Rome, he embarked upon a span of 18 years of teaching theology at Gonzaga University. During that time he also served for a period as the rector of the Jesuit Community.

In 1987 Father Beuzer began a long and completely new ministry as director of the Holy Spirit Retreat House in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2011, in failing health, he spent a short time at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma and then was sent to Bea House in Spokane to live out his short, final days.

Father Beuzer is survived by two sisters, Mary Siridakis and Lillian Gould.

Sister Cecile (Mary Laura) Laprise SP

Providence Sister Cecile Laprise died on Nov. 18 at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane, at 92 years of age, after 78 years as a Sister of Providence.

The vigil service was the evening of Nov. 28; the funeral Mass, the morning of Nov. 29. Both took place at the chapel of Mount St. Joseph in Spokane. Burial followed the funeral, at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

She was born near the town of Lafleche, Saskatchewan, Canada. When she was six years old, the family moved to the village of Val Marie in Southern Saskatchewan, where she attended grade school and high school. She entered the Sisters of Providence on Jan. 10, 1943, made her first profession on July 19, 1944, and her final vows on July 19, 1947.

She received a certificate in food services management from the Catholic Health Association, St. Louis, Mo., in 1972.

Her ministry assignments included Sacred Heart Hospital (now Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital), Spokane; St. Joseph Academy, Sprague, Wash.; Mount St. Joseph, Spokane; Whitman County Hospital, Colfax, Wash.; Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, Spokane, 1991; and Mount St. Joseph, Spokane.

She retired at Mount St. Joseph, where she assisted in staff support services and continued her creativity through her cake decorating for special events.

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

To view Sister Cecile’s obituary and picture and to sign her memory book, please visit the website for Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home at

Ellen Patricia Marier

Ellen Marier, mother of Father Ed Marier, a priest of the Spokane Diocese, died Dec. 5 in Spokane Valley.

The funeral Mass was scheduled to be celebrated Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at St. Anthony Church, Newport, Wash., where Father Marier is pastor. Burial will be the next morning at St. Joseph Cemetery, Spokane Valley.

She was born May 3, 1931 in Sandpoint, Idaho. Her family later moved to Coeur d’Alene and she attended Immaculate Heart of Mary High School. She later moved to Spokane Valley and was an active member of St. Mary Parish, where she served for many years as the housekeeper for the Catholic priests of the parish.

She was married to her husband, Leo, for 54 years, until his death in 2004.

She is survived by her brother Tim (Eileen) Crowder; three children: Beth (Scott) Marier-Goldman, Peggy (John) Willard, and Father Ed Marier; and five grandchildren.

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