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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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the Inland Register

(From the October 18, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Loretta Marie Marceau SP

Providence Sister Loretta Marie Marceau the evening of Sept. 14 at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane. She was 98 years old and had been a member of her Religious community for 74 years.

The vigil took place Sept. 20 at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane, followed the next day by the funeral Mass. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery.

She was born on Aug. 10, 1914, in Missoula, Mont. She attended schools in Missoula and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy, Missoula, Mont., in 1932.

She entered the Sisters of Providence on Aug. 27, 1938, in Seattle; made her first profession on Feb. 28, 1940; and made her final vows Feb. 28, 1943.

Sister Loretta Marie’s academic accomplishments included: College (now University) of Great Falls: bachelor’s in accounting, with minor in psychology; the University of Omaha; Gonzaga University; Kinman Business University in Spokane; Modern Business College in Missoula; Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.; Washington State University; and Montana State University.

Her ministry assignments included Controller, Sacred Heart Hospital (now Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center), Spokane; Provincial Treasurer, Provincial Administration, Sisters of Providence, Spokane; Financial Consultant and Development Director; and Director of Finance, St. Mary Hospital (now Medical Center), Walla Walla. Her final ministry was as Development Director for the Providence Sisters’ former St. Ignatius Province, raising just short of $2 million in a decade.

She served on numerous boards, including chair of the Washington State Hospital Employees Health and Welfare Board, director of the Washington Conference of the Catholic Hospital (now Health) Association, member of the Washington State Hospital Association of Western Hospitals, and Montana Blue Cross Board.

Sister Loretta Marie retired to Mount St. Joseph, Spokane, in 2002.

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 Loretta Marie’s obituary and picture and to sign her memory book, visit the website

Father John “Jack” Morris SJ

Jesuit Father John “Jack” Morris died Sept. 30 at the Jesuit infirmary in Spokane after a long battle with cancer. He was 84.

A vigil service was held Oct. 5, at the Jesuit House Chapel on the Gonzaga University campus. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next day at St. Aloysius Church, Spokane. Burial followed at the Oregon Province Cemetery.

John James Morris was born in Anaconda, Mont., on Oct. 22, 1927. After high school Jack served in the U.S. Navy before attending Georgetown University and Regis College (Denver). He entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, Ore., in August 1950. After the regular course of studies and teaching, Jack was ordained a priest on June 16, 1962, in Spokane.

A man of ideas, dreams, and passion, Father Morris created opportunities for people to make a difference in the world based on Gospel values. Using a nascent project at Copper Valley School in Glennallen, Alaska, in the late 1950s he organized and named the Jesuit Volunteer Corps movement. This widely-acclaimed program places young adults into settings among the poorest and powerless, challenging them to see and address unjust social structures, to live in a simple community, and to put their faith into action.

Working with Catholic Charities of Seattle in the early 1980s, he helped found the Senior Chore Service, the largest entity providing assistance to low-income seniors. A lasting legacy was his work for world-wide peace. Father Morris gathered a handful of peace pilgrims in 1982 and walked from Bangor Naval Base in Bremerton, Wash., to Bethlehem, Israel, to draw attention to the dilemma of nuclear weapons.

In the 1990s he was sent to Uganda, Africa to work in the refugee camps and to help direct retreats and recovery programs. Father Morris returned to the U.S. in 2002 and did parish work at Rockaway, Ore., until poor health necessitated his retirement.

Contributions in honor of Father Morris may be sent to Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest (P.O. Box 3928, Portland, OR 97208) and/or The Oregon Province Society of Jesus (P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286).

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