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Father Morbeck Memorial Rectory to be dedicated July 11 at Immaculate Conception Parish, Republic

the Inland Register

(From the June 18, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Father George Morbeck (IR file photo)

Immaculate Conception Parish in Republic will dedicate the Father George Morbeck Memorial Rectory on July 11, signifying an important milestone for the rural Catholic community. The rectory, adjacent to the church in Republic, will be dedicated at 11 a.m. by Bishop Thomas Daly.

Father Morbeck was a long-time pastor at Republic, faithfully serving the community for 23 years, from 1988 until his death in 2011. Ordained a priest in 1952, Father Morbeck also served parishes in Brewster and Twisp, Omak, Oroville, and the parishes in Newport, Metaline Falls, Ione, and Usk.

After Father Morbeck’s death, care of Immaculate Conception Parish in Republic and St. Patrick Mission in Curlew was entrusted to Father Steve Werner, already serving as pastor of the parishes in Colville, Kettle Falls, and Northport. Father Werner initiated the project and secured an $84,000 challenge grant from Catholic Extension Society to build the rectory.

In order to receive the grant, the parish community was required to raise $25,000. In less than six months, the campaign raised over $35,000 through the generosity of Father Morbeck’s friends (including many non-Catholics), brother priests, and parishioners from the parishes he served throughout his life.

The two-bedroom rectory includes a one-car garage as well as a meeting room which is separated from the residence. It provides an important resource for the priests who serve the communities of Republic and Curlew. Prior to the new rectory’s completion, the priest from Immaculate Conception Parish in Colville would have to stay overnight at a local hotel while in Republic each week. The addition of the rectory will not only aid in travel for priests who serve the communities, but will also offer additional staffing options in the future.

“This rectory would provide very comfortable living quarters for a senior priest who wished to serve the families in Ferry County in the future,” said Father Daniel Barnett, the current pastor. “The parishioners are grateful to all those who helped so generously to bring this dream to reality.”

On July 11, the parish will offer thanks to God with Mass celebrated by Bishop Daly, followed by the rectory blessing, an open house, and a potluck BBQ. Lodging is available at the Northern Inn for visitors who wish to spend the night. For more information, call (509) 775-3935.


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