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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Father Bach Haven: permanent housing for chronically homeless

the Inland Register

(From the February 21, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Fr. Bach Haven, the latest housing development from Catholic Charities, is located in downtown Spokane, near the House of Charity. (IR photo courtesy of Father Tom Caswell)

Bishop Blase Cupich and Msgr. Frank Bach listen to speakers’ remarks during the dedication of Father Bach Haven Jan. 23. (IR photo)

Wednesday, Jan. 23, saw the dedication of the newest addition to Catholic Charities Spokane’s housing ministries, Fr. Bach Haven.

The building, located at 108 S. State St., in downtown Spokane near the House of Charity, will provide 51 units of permanent housing for chronically homeless people.

Bishop Blase Cupich blessed the new facility during a ceremony that saw an overflowing crowd of priests, Religious, laity, and other supporters pack into the lobby of the Haven.

Of the 51 units, 31 will be studio apartments and 20 will be one-bedroom apartments, for up to two people.

A plaque on an outside wall of the building reads, “A gift to those most in need. Dedicated in honor of Monsignor Frank Bach, Priest of the Diocese of Spokane. Pastor, Leader, Dreamer, Builder.”

The project was funded by an award from the state Housing Finance Commission. Charities worked with Garco Construction; the building was designed by Heylman Martin Architects.

The building is named for Msgr. Frank Bach, ordained in 1956 for the Diocese of Spokane. At the age of 82 he continues to minister as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Pullman.

Msgr. Bach served for many years with Catholic Charities in Spokane – as assistant diocesan director in 1964, then director the next year.

In 1976 he was elected president of the Washington Association of Child Care Agencies.

In addition to his long-time ministry with Catholic Charities, Msgr. Bach has been assigned as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish and St. Mary Parish, Spokane, and also served as temporary administrator of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

He was invested as a monsignor in March 1997, shortly before his retirement in July of that year.

He returned to parish life, in Pullman, last July.

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