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 May 15, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Charles Wollesen SJ

Jesuit Father Charles “Charlie” Wollesen died April 11 at the Jesuit Infirmary in Spokane. Priest, professor, scholar, fisherman and friend: Father Charlie lived a full and varied life that led him to many parts of the world.

A vigil service was held April 25 at the Jesuit House Chapel at Gonzaga University. The funeral Mass was celebrated the following day, also at Jesuit House Chapel. The inurnment will follow at Mt. St. Michael’s Cemetery.

The second of six children, Charles Albert Wollesen was born in Pierre, S.D. on Jan. 23, 1922 to Albert Earl and Rose Catherine (Thorne) Wollesen. He lived in Casper, Wyo., until his early teens when the family moved to Salem, Ore., where he graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1939. He entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, Ore., in August that same year, and was ordained a priest on June 21, 1952, in Spokane.

Following ordination, Father Wollesen earned an M.A. in English from Fordham University, and he returned to the northwest to help start Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore. A few years later he completed a doctorate in English from the University of Washington and proceeded to teach in the English Department at Seattle University for over two decades. He loved the scholarly study of the writings of James Joyce and enjoyed bringing that knowledge to his students.

In 1984 Father Wollesen received an invitation to teach in Japan. He spent nine years in Tokyo: four at Sophia University and three at Tokyo Women’s Junior College. During these summers he was both a chaplain and instructor on the “University of the Seven Seas,” an educational program conducted on an ocean going ship which sought to expand students’ horizons.

In 1993 he returned to the Pacific Northwest and aided a number of parishes by filling in for their pastors; at the same time he helped his religious superiors in Portland and Seattle as a dependable assistant in community matters.

Father Wollesen moved to Spokane in 2003 to join his brother Jesuits at the assisted-living center; declining health necessitated his moving into the infirmary two years ago.

Contributions in honor of Father Wollesen 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).

Sister Agnes Marie (Mary Magdalena) Krieg SNJM

Holy Names Sister Agnes Marie Krieg died April 17 in Spokane at the age of 101.

The funeral Mass was celebrated April 24 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane.

Agnes Marie Krieg was born Dec. 31, 1912, in Edmonton, Canada to Edward and Mary Magdalen Humm Krieg. The family moved to Spokane when she was 8 years old. She attended St. Aloysius School and in 1931 graduated from Holy Names Academy.

That summer she entered the Holy Names community. She pronounced vows as Sister Mary Magdalena in 1933.

She served as a music teacher from 1933-64 in parish schools throughout the Northwest, including Spokane and Pomeroy. That was followed by classroom teaching, until 1978.

In 1979, Sister Agnes Marie began a ministry as Alumni Assistant, then Alumni Director, at Fort Wright College. She took a break to tutor at St. Patrick School, and then used her expertise in alumni work to begin an Alumni Association for St. Patrick School. By 1989, that work was organized and taken care of by others, so she retired to offer community service within her Religious community, living at Marian Hall, Spokane.

She summed up her life by saying, “I didn’t expect to have a career. I just wanted to be with Our Lord and he showed me how.”

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

Geri Kwiatkowski

Geri Kwiatkowski, mother of Father Mike Kwiatkowski, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Otis Orchards, died April 27 at the age of 90.

The vigil service took place the evening of May 2 at St. Joseph, Otis Orchards. The funeral Mass was celebrated there as well, on May 3.

She was born March 26, 1924, in Toledo, Ohio.

In 1944 she married Edward Kwiatkowski. Together they operated the Buckingham Nite Club for many years. She also prepared lunches from scratch for workers from nearby factories, and later worked as a secretary at Toledo Hospital. In retirement she enjoyed working at a dress shop in Palmetto, Fla.

In 2007 she moved to the Spokane area to live with her son, Father Mike Kwiatkowski. She will be missed by many who enjoyed her warm, gentle smile.

Besides Father Kwiatkowski, she is survived by her daughter Diana (John) Connors, two grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Sister Cara Lee (Thomas Maureen) Foley SNJM

Holy Names Sister Cara Lee Foley died April 28 in Spokane at the age of 88.

The funeral Mass was celebrated May 2 at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

She was born March 12, 1936 in Spirit Lake, Idaho. She attended school in Spirit Lake and Columbia Falls until transferring to Holy Names Academy as a boarder for her final two years of high school, graduating in 1954.

That year she joined the Sisters of the Holy Names and began her college education. She earned a B.A. in Chemistry and Theology from Marylhurst College, and an M.A. and a Ph. D. in Sacred Doctrine from St. Mary’s Notre Dame. Her ministries were mostly at the college level in both teaching and administration at Fort Wright College and Carroll College.

She was selected for leadership in her Religious community from 1992-96, after which she returned to Carroll College. She also served as an English as a Second Lanuage instructor at Heritage College for a short time.

Sister Cara Lee loved to be of service. She was competent in so many areas, from administration to baking to gardening and sewing to creating prayer services and environments.

Sister Cara Lee was every bit a musician, her instrument was her voice. She sang so beautifully for community celebrations and liturgies, and also with the Spokane Chorale.

By the year 2000, it was clear that her health would limit her ministries and her life significantly. She retired to the Convent in Spokane when her need for support increased. Although she lived with Alzheimer’s disease for nearly 15 years, she continued to be gracious, gentle and beautiful, and her desire to be of service lasted as long as her ability to walk.

Memorial gifts for Sister Cara Lee Foley may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, 2911 W. Ft. Wright Dr., Spokane, WA 99224.

Sister Margaret (Agnes Miriam) Downey SNJM

Sister Margaret Downey, a Sister of the Holy Names, died April 28.

The funeral Mass was celebrated May 3 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane.

Margaret Downey was born in March 1914, one of 13 children born to Irish father, Patrick and Bohemian mother, Victoria Kotaska Downey. Her father took up a homestead in what is now Bellevue, Wash.

Margaret graduated from Cathedral elementary school and Holy Names Academy in Seattle before joining the Holy Names community.She pronounced her vows in 1934 as Sister Agnes Miriam and began her teaching career shortly thereafter.

She earned a B.A. in Education from Holy Names College in Spokane and an M.Ed. in Education from Western Washington State College in Bellingham. From 1934 -1978 she taught every grade, as well as serving as principal, from 1958-1975 in parochial schools in Oregon and Washington.

In 1981, Sister Margaret was invited to begin the Associate Program in Seattle for men and women desiring a prayer and ministry connection with the Holy Names Sisters. In 1986 she moved to Ferndale, then Blaine, Wash., as a member of a pastoral team. In 1996, Sister Margaret continued to offer ministry service at the Holy Names convent in Toppenish, Wash., and back in Spokane, with the Associate Program.

She will be remembered for her joy in music and dancing, her ability to form lasting relationships, and her joy in life.

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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