Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


the Inland Register

(From the September 20, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Philip J. Lucid SJ

Jesuit Father Philip J. Lucid died Aug. 20, 2012, at the Jesuit infirmary in Spokane. An officer and gentleman, priest and lawyer, teacher and friend; many titles apply to this man of God whose smile, wit, and gracious manner won the hearts and minds of all who knew him.

A vigil service was held Aug. 26 at the Jesuit House Chapel on the Gonzaga University campus in Spokane. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next day, also in the chapel. Burial followed at the Oregon Province Cemetery.

A memorial Mass also was celebrated Sept. 8 at St. Joseph Parish, Seattle.

One of five siblings, Philip Joseph Lucid was born in Everett, Wash. on May 6, 1922 to Philip and Nora (Gorman) Lucid. He graduated from Seattle Preparatory School in 1940 and entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, Ore., in August 1942.

He was ordained a priest on June 18, 1955, in Spokane.

Upon the completion of his Jesuit training, Father Lucid briefly taught at Gonzaga University and then traveled the Northwest giving parish retreats. Desiring to serve his nation as a chaplain, Father Lucid was commissioned in 1966 and sent to Vietnam. Twice the age of the soldiers in his unit, he was regularly at the front lines of battle to minister to them.

Father Lucid was wounded in action while helping to evacuate injured soldiers and was awarded a purple heart. He also earned two silver stars, a bronze star, and numerous other medals and commendations.

Following his discharge from the Army in 1970, Father Lucid enrolled in the Syracuse University School of Law, where he earned his law degree in 1973. After law school he worked in the federal court system in Seattle for over 30 years, including years as chief clerk to Judge Walter McGovern. His knowledge of the law, deep respect for all people, and caring manner made him well-loved by all who worked with and for him.

Father Lucid was preceded in death by brothers Jack and Bob Lucid and sisters Betty Terhar and Mary Gierman Kane. He is survived by brother-in-law Jack Terhar and cousin Peggy Clarke, nine nieces and 10 nephews, numerous grand-nephews and nieces, cousins and friends as well as his brother Jesuits of the Oregon Province,.

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

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