Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302
Rest in peace: Father Clifford Hulings
the Inland Register
(From the Aug. 21, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)
Father Clifford Hulings (IR file photo)
Father Clifford Hulings, a priest of the Spokane Diocese, died July 23, seven days short of his 90th birthday.
The funeral Mass was celebrated July 26 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Spokane. Burial followed at the Catholic cemetery in Colton.
He was born July 30, 1924, and grew up in Daisytown, Pa. He enlisted in the U.S. Merchant Marine in July 1942, and served until 1946.
After World War II he graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in education at California College.
He entered the Franciscans’ St. Anthony Seminary in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was ordained as a Franciscan priest in 1961. His ministry included assignments in Phoenix, Seattle, and St. Francis of Assisi in Spokane.
Father Hulings moved back to Eastern Washington and was incardinated as a priest of the diocese in 1977. He was pastor of Sacred Heart in Brewster, St. Gall in Colton and St. Boniface in Uniontown, and Our Lady of Fatima, Spokane. He retired in 1994.
Said Bishop Cupich: “Father Hulings impressed me as a man who could be serious but not take himself seriously. A quick sense of humor and gracious manner were gifts he brought to his life and ministry, even in moments of suffering. The fact that so many remembered him at a recent 90th birthday celebration is a great testament to his ability to form lasting friendships. These enriched the lives of so many and were a great blessing to him as well.”
Bishop William Skylstad, Bishop Emeritus of the Spokane Diocese, expressed his own gratitude for Father Hulings’s ministry.
“Cliff Hulings was a loving and dedicated pastor,” said Bishop Skylstad. “ I will always be grateful to him for helping my father join the Church when Father Hulings was pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Brewster.
“In these later years, as he struggled with aging and illness, he always demonstrated a deep faith and peace of soul,” the bishop said. “May God grant him eternal rest and peace.”
Father Hulings is survived by his sister, Margaret Scherer of Centerville, Pa.; 42 nephews and nieces; and many great-nephews and nieces.
Memorial gifts may be made to Catholic Charities, P.O. Box 2253, Spokane, WA 99210-2253.
© The Catholic Diocese of Spokane. All Rights Reserved