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 March 20, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Edward P. McTighe SJ

Jesuit Father Edward McTighe died Feb. 3 in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 83 years old.

A memorial Mass was celebrated in his honor at Jesuit High School, Portland, Ore., on Feb. 14. On Feb. 26 a second memorial Mass was celebrated in Spokane at Jesuit House on the Gonzaga Campus. Interment was at Mt. St. Michaelís Cemetery, Spokane.

He was born in Aberdeen, Wash., on July 30, 1930 to Edward and Maybelle McTighe. Ed was educated at St. Aloysius Grade School, and Gonzaga High School in Spokane.

He entered the Society of Jesus in 1948, and after preparing for 13 years, was ordained a priest.

He received several degrees from Gonzaga University, and taught English and Music at Gonzaga Prep. For 66 years, Father Ed taught at the Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore., as well as at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Wash.

His crowning love was for music, playing the piano and entertaining people wherever he went.

In his later years, Father Ed served as a Chaplain at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, Ore., and visiting Chaplain in Arch Cape, Ore.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR, 97286-0010.

Sister Mary Hugh Copenhaver SSMO

Sister Mary Hugh Copenhaver of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon died Feb. 15 at her communityís motherhouse in Beaverton, Ore.

A vigil service was held on Feb. 20 in the SSMO Motherhouse. A Mass of Christian Burial took place on Feb. 21 in the SSMO Motherhouse Chapel.

Alice Catherine Copenhaver was born on July 11, 1913, the oldest of four children born to James and Alice Copenhaver of Wilbur, Wash. By the time she started school, her family had moved near Brady, Mont.

She attended Great Falls Business College for a year, then worked in the Brady Post Office before she entered Religious life with the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon in 1935.

As Sister Hugh, she attended Marylhurst College, in Oregon, earning a BS degree in Education. Sister Hugh was a skilled teacher and administrator who served in several Catholic schools in Oregon. She was the founding principal of Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Seattle, and served at St. Mary School, Spokane Valley, for some 16 years.

When Sister finished teaching in 1981, she then began serving in her home parish, St. Michael, in Conrad, Mont., and finally retired in 2007 at the age of 94.

She continued to stay in the family home in Conrad during the summer months to be near her sister Margaret. She requested that memorial offerings be directed to the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon.

Sister Mary Eileen (Victor Mary) McKay SNJM

Holy Names Sister Mary Eileen McKay died Feb. 19 in Spokane at the age of 84.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 26 at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

She was born Nov. 26, 1929, to John and Gertrude Pattee McKay in Seattle, Wash., and educated at Cathedral Elementary School and Immaculate and Holy Names High School in Seattle before entering the Sisters of the Holy Names in 1948. She pronounced her vows in 1951 as Sister Victor Mary, named for an elder brother.

She spent a few years caring for the elder Sisters of her Religious community before beginning her teaching career in 1956.

Over the years she earned a B.S. in Education from Marylhurst College and a Master of Basic Science degree from Fort Wright College of the Holy Names, Spokane, as well as advanced studies in creative education and in the teaching of religion. She used her education for classroom teaching, mostly in parochial schools in Spokane, until 1981. She began directing religious education programs from 1981 to 1990.

At that point she was offered the opportunity to teach religious education at Shelton Correction Center. She continued that ministry at Washington Correction Centers until she was hired as chaplain at El Paso de Robles facility in California, until 2001. Health issues forced her retirement in 2001.

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

Sister Mary (Padraic) McGreevy SSND

Sister Mary McGreevy of the School Sisters of Notre Dame died Feb. 20 in Phoenix, Ariz., at the age of 76.

The vigil service for Sister Mary was held March 3 in Good Counsel Chapel, Mankato, Minn. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next day. She was inurned at her communityís cemetery in Mankato. Memorial services also were celebrated for her in Phoenix on Feb. 23 and 24.

She was born on the family farm near Pullman, Wash., on July 3, 1937. She attended Guardian Angel elementary school in Colton, Wash., where she was taught by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She attended Colton public school as a freshman and then spent the next three years at Notre Dame Academy, Colton.

In 1960 Mary graduated from Washington State University, Pullman, with a degree in biological sciences and social studies. She taught for two years in the Granger, Wash., school system; spent time in a cultural exchange program in Poland; taught at Benton City, Wash.; and applied for membership in the SSND Religious community in January 1964. She entered the following September.

She was given the name Sister Mary Padraic, but later returned to her baptismal name.

Sister Mary spent the next 44 years in Catholic education as a teacher, administrator and student, including years spent at Marycliff High School, Spokane, and DeSales High School, Walla Walla, where she was also system superintendent.

She earned an M.A. in sociology from Gonzaga University in 1975, and a second M.A. in education and education/curriculum from Boston College in 1992.

Father Joseph F.X. Conwell SJ

Jesuit Father Joseph Conwell died Feb. 28 at the Jesuit Infirmary in Spokane. He was 94.

The vigil was prayed March 6 at the Jesuit House Chapel at Gonzaga University. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning at St. Aloysius Church, Spokane. Burial followed, at Mt. St. Michaelís Cemetery, Spokane.

He was born in Spokane, the youngest of four children, on Aug. 10, 1919. He graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1937 and entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, Ore., in August that same year. He was ordained a priest on June 17, 1950, in San Francisco.

In 1957 Father Conwell earned a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. He returned to Spokane and undertook teaching and administrative duties at Gonzaga University until 1975.

He was the first assistant director of the Gonzaga-in-Florence program and stayed in touch with many of its alumni. From 1975 to 1986 he directed the Jesuit Tertian program in Spokane, ably assisting priests and Brothers in their final stage of formation before professing final vows.

Having finished these duties Father Conwell immersed himself in the scholarly study of the spirituality and history of the Jesuits and the Catholic Church. He was noted for the books, papers, talks, and insights that came from this period of his professional and spiritual life.

He was a popular spiritual director and retreat leader in the SEEL (Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life) Program. His family, former students, fellow Jesuits, and many friends and acquaintances will deeply miss his humor, scholarship, and wise counsel that deeply affected their spiritual and personal lives.

Contributions in honor of Father Conwell may be sent to The Senior Fund, c/o The Oregon Province Society of Jesus, P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286, and/or Hospice of Spokane, P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210.

Joseph P. Marto

Joseph Marto, a former priest of the Diocese of Spokane, died Feb. 28 in McHenry, Ill. He was 75 years old.

The memorial service and Mass were March 6 at Church of Holy Apostles, McHenry.

He was born March 18, 1938, in Great Falls, Mont. After living in Shelby, Mont., he was raised in Oregon and Washington, where his family settled in Sprague.

He entered priestly formation in 1954 and was ordained a priest in 1963. He worked in several parishes, including Holy Family, Clarkston; St. Patrick, Pasco; and in Spokane at Sacred Heart Parish and Marycliff High School.

He left active ministry in 1971 and married Rosemary Gaffney. They moved to Chicago, where he attended and graduated from The John Marshall Law School, receiving his J.D. degree in 1974 in the top 10 of his class.

He served as house counsel for the Illinois State Bar Association. From there, he moved to various firms in Chicago, primarily as a trial attorney for insurance defense firms. He obtained his real estate brokerís license in 1976, and owned several apartment buildings.

He retired to McHenry, Ill., in 1989, and began an active life of volunteering. He first organized a computer class for seniors at McHenry Township, and then became involved in the AARP Tax Aide Program, preparing free tax returns for senior citizens. He also ran a free legal aid program at Senior Services for several years.

He is survived by Rosemary, his wife of 42 years, several cousins, and many nieces and nephews.

Sister Patricia (M. Anthony) Brandmeir SNJM

Sister Patricia Brandmeir of the Sisters of the Holy Names died March 4 in Spokane. She was 86 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated March 6 at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane. Burial was the next day at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

She was born Oct. 23, 1927, the eighth of 10 children born in Seattle.

She graduated from Holy Names Academy Elementary and High School before joining the Sisters of the Holy Names in 1945 at Marylhurst, Ore. She earned a B.S. in Education, and an M.Ed. in School Administration from Eastern Washington University, an Associate degree in General Business, an Associate degree in Accounting, and did advanced theology studies through Gonzaga Universityís CREDO program.

Sister Patricia taught from 1948 to 1975 in Catholic schools in Spokane and Uniontown in the Spokane Diocese, as well as schools in the Portland and Seattle archdioceses.

In 1977 she changed ministries and began working in the accounting office of Fort Wright College, Spokane. In 1986 she was appointed Vice Chancellor and Assistant Finance Director of the Santa Rosa Diocese, a position she fulfilled with competence and joy until 1999. She returned to Spokane in 2002 to offer service within her Religious community in the Archives Office.

Sister was the recipient of the 1997 Founderís Award from the National Scrip Center for outstanding leadership and professionalism in support of Community Education.

Her deep spirituality helped her to cope graciously with the increasing limitations caused by Parkinsonís disease, never losing her characteristic dignity.

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

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