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


Father Alfred Morisette SJ

the Inland Register

(From the February 20, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Jesuit Father Al Morisette died Jan. 19 in the Jesuit House Infirmary at Gonzaga University. He was 83 years old.

The vigil service was held Jan. 23 in the Jesuit House Chapel at Gonzaga University. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next day at St. Aloysius Church, Spokane. Burial followed at the Oregon Province Cemetery.

Alfred Louis Morisette was born in Tacoma on Aug. 22, 1930, to Alfred and Helen (Berilla) Morisette. After graduating from Bellarmine Prep he entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, Ore., in August 1948. Following the regular course of studies he was ordained a priest on June 17, 1961, in Spokane.

Attracted to higher education, Father Morisette spent his entire priestly career at Gonzaga University doing a variety of works. His love of the French language led him to complete a MA from the University of Laval, Quebec City, and then teach it in the classroom for several years.

Father Morisette was also called to administrative duties: He was Foreign Student Advisor, Chair of Modern Languages, Superior of Jesuit scholastics working on graduate degrees, Director of Freshman counseling (New Start Program), Admissions Counselor, Director of Studies Abroad, Associate Director of the Student Academic Center, and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

He was preceded in death by his sister JoAnn Spencer. He is survived by two younger sisters, Mary Lou Lachowsky and Carolyn Jenkins, as well as many nephews and nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces, and cousins.

Contributions in honor of Father Morisette 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 The Fr. Al Morisette, SJ, Endowed Scholarship (c/o Gonzaga University, 502 East Boone Ave., Spokane, WA 99258).


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