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 January 17, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Antonia Stare OP

Dominican Sister Antonia Stare died Dec. 24 in Spokane. She was 97 years old.

The vigil service was the evening of Jan. 1 at St. Aloysius Church, Spokane. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the nest morning. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

She was born May 10, 1915 to Jacob and Anna (Kuralt) Stare of Jump Off Joe, Wash. Her home parish was Sacred Heart in Wilbur.

She became a member of the Dominican Sisters in 1934.

Sister Antonia served as nursing supervisor at St. Martin Hospital, Tonasket, Wash., from 1940-1947, and then ministered as a teacher: at Immaculate Conception, Oroville, Wash.; Marycliff High School, Spokane; in a residential school for developmentally delayed children in Spokane; at Assumption School, Spokane; and Antonian School, Cheney, Wash.

She also ministered as councilor and houseparent at Spokane Nazareth House, before serving as director of Starry Home, Spokane, from 1978-1994. She then began ministry as a parish visitor for St. Aloysius Parish, Spokane, until 2006, followed by life in community at St. Joseph Care Center, Spokane, until her death.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans Sisters, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa WI 53824-9700.

Sister Mary (Kathleen Mary) Garvin SNJM

Holy Names Sister Mary Garvin died Jan. 5 in Spokane at the age of 73.

A vigil service was held in the Gonzaga University Chapel in the Administration Building on Jan. 11. The funeral Mass was celebrated the following morning at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane.

Mary Katherine Garvin was born in Spokane on Feb. 4, 1939. She grew up in Spokane, where she attended Sacred Heart School and Holy Names Academy, where she graduated in 1956.

She then attended Marquette University for two years before entering the Holy Names novitiate at Marylhurst, Ore. She pronounced vows in 1960.

She earned her B.A. in English literature from Marylhurst College and, while teaching at Holy Names Academy in Seattle, completed an M.A. in Drama from the University of Washington in 1971.

The following year she came to Spokane to serve as Co-Director of the first Research and Planning Office for the Washington Holy Names Sisters.

From 1973 to 1980 she served as a full-time professor teaching theater, communications, and religious studies at Fort Wright College, Spokane.

From 1981 to 1987 Sister Mary was Associate Director and taught in the CREDO Program at Gonzaga University. After a year of professional study in Israel and Boston, she entered Andover-Newton Theological Seminary in Boston and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1990.

She became an assistant professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University in 1991, a position she held until her death.

With two fellow Holy Names Sisters, she co-wrote the book The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed, Uncovering Liberating Possibilities for Women, as well as numerous articles and presentations.

Over a 25 year span Sister Mary traveled extensively to serve as presenter, retreat leader, delegate, and spiritual advisor. She especially treasured her opportunities to share her gifts across cultures in Israel, Lesotho (South Africa), New Zealand, Alaska, French Canada, and at the United Nations.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, 2911 W. Fort George Wright Dr., Spokane, WA 99224.

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