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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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the Inland Register

(From the January 16, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Gilmary Vaughan OP

Sister Gilmary Vaughan of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa died Dec. 23 at St. Dominic Villa.

The funeral Mass was held in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa, Wis., Dec. 27, followed by burial in the motherhouse cemetery.

Sister Gilmary was born June 26, 1920, in Anaconda, Mont., the daughter of Martin and Delia (McDonough) Vaughan.

Sister Gilmary made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican Aug. 5, 1939, and her final profession Aug. 5, 1942.

Most of her years were spent in the ministry of education; she taught for 28 years and served as principal for two years, high school guidance counselor for four years, and also served with those in need for 32 years. Most of her ministry was devoted to Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana, Iowa, California and Washington.

In the Diocese of Spokane, Sister Gilmary taught at St. John Vianney School in what is now Spokane Valley from 1955-1964.

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701, or online at by clicking on “Donate Now,” then “Honor and Memorial Gift.”

Father Robert Bradley SJ

Jesuit Father Robert Bradley died Dec. 20 after a short illness. He was 89 years old.

The vigil service was held Jan. 8 at Jesuit House Chapel on the Gonzaga University campus. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning, also at Jesuit House. Burial was at the Jesuit cemetery at Mount St. Michael’s, Spokane.

He was born and raised in Spokane. He graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1941 and entered the Society of Jesus novitiate at Sheridan, Ore. He studied philosophy at Mount St. Michael’s, and earned a master’s degree in history. He studied theology in Louvain, Belgium, and was ordained a priest Aug. 15, 1955. He later earned a doctorate from Columbia University and a doctorate of sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.

Besides Gonzaga, he taught at Seattle University; St. John’s University in Long Island, N.Y.; the Notre Dame Institute in Arlington, Va. (now the Graduate School of Christendom College, Front Royal, Va.). Every summer, he was director of the Catechetical Institute at Our Lady of Peace Monastery in Beaverton, Ore. While teaching in Virginia, Father Bradley served as chaplain to the Monastery of the Poor Clares in Alexandria and also worked with the Legion of Mary there.

He moved to Texas in 1996, where he accepted an adjunct faculty position in theology at the University of Dallas Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies. In addition to teaching, he served as a priest in the Diocese of Austin.

Father Bradley was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Joe, Bill, Don, and Jesuit Father Richard Bradley; and his sister, Honey Gal Kilmartin. He is survived by two brothers: Father Jack Bradley of Los Angeles and Ted of Spokane.

Memorial donations may be made in Father Bradley’s name to the Society of Jesus or the Monastery of the Poor Clares, 2505 Stonehedge Dr., Alexandria, VA 22306.

Father William Hausmann SJ

Jesuit Father Bill Hausmann died Dec. 17 at the Hospice House in Spokane. Father Hausmann served parishes in the Northwest as a dedicated priest and friend to those in need.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Jan. 18 at St. Joseph Church, Seattle. A memorial Mass will be celebrated in Spokane the following week, and inurnment will be at the Oregon Province Cemetery.

The fourth of five siblings, William Clemens Hausmann was born in Everett on Dec. 30, 1925, to Francis J. and Edith (O’Brien) Hausmann. The Hausmann family attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Everett where Bill celebrated his first Mass.

He attended St. Martin High School, Olympia, before service in the Navy during WWII. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1950.

Prior to entering Religious life, Bill worked in his family’s meat business in Everett.

He entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, Oregon, in August 1956. Following the regular course of studies, Bill was ordained a priest on June 4, 1966, in Spokane.

Father Hausmann made parish ministry the focus of his priestly career. He served at St. Leo (Tacoma), Sacred Heart (Enumclaw), St. Joseph (Cloverdale), St. Ignatius (Portland), St. Michael (Olympia), St. Joseph (Seattle), and St. Francis Xavier (Missoula). Meeting and praying with people over their hopes, fears and needs was a joy to Father Hausmann. He carried an energy and excitement with him that enlivened others, a ray of grace that changed lives and attitudes.

Little slowed him down until he suffered a stroke in 2000. After recovering from his stroke, Father Hausmann joined the active Jesuits at Gonzaga University in the office of University Ministry. There he cared for students and staff by celebrating sacraments, sharing meals in the dining halls, and stirring up conversations centering on faith and justice.

Declining health necessitated a pullback from this ministry of presence in recent weeks, and a severe stroke four days before his death gave others a chance to minister to him and his needs.

Contributions in honor of Father Hausmann 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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