Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
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the Inland Register

(From the July 21, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

Father George Morris SJ

Jesuit Father George Morris died June 7 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center Infirmary in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 78.

A vigil service was held June 24 at the Jesuit House Chapel on the campus of Gonzaga University. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next day. Inurnment at the Jesuit cemetery at Mt. St. Michael’s followed the funeral Mass.

One of two children, George Orval Morris was born Nov. 20, 1937, in Tacoma. He graduated from Bellarmine Preparatory, Tacoma, in 1955 and entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, Ore. that same year.

Following the regular course of Jesuit formation studies and teaching experiences, he was ordained a priest on June 8, 1968, in Spokane.

During his training he earned degrees from Gonzaga University, Notre Dame University, Regis College (Toronto), and the Sorbonne (Paris).

Upon completion of his Ph.D., Father Morris began his assignment at Seattle University as Professor of French from 1973-1978, and as Director of Student Loans from 1978-1983.

He returned to Gonzaga in 1987 as the Bachelor of General Studies Coordinator, serving returning adult students until the program ended in 2009.

In addition to his role in the School of Professional Studies, Father Morris was the Chaplain for the Theatre Arts Department for many years. He attended almost every rehearsal for both the theatre and dance groups, to gather in prayer. Even as his health began to decline, causing him to move to the Jesuit community in Los Gatos last November, he remained connected to the Theatre Arts Department; students would pass around a cell phone before every production to sustain the tradition of praying with him. He continued what he called his “Ministry of Presence” in California by phone, listening to students who wished to remain connected and receive guidance. Father Morris also facilitated reading groups with members of the staff who wanted to engage more deeply with the mission of Gonzaga and continue to cultivate their spirituality.

A quiet man of learning, Father Morris was nonetheless concerned for and ministered to people on the margins of society; he saw each person as an individual with unique gifts and talents to offer and helped them overcome significant challenges in their personal and professional lives.

Memorials in honor of Father Morris may be sent to the Senior Jesuit Fund, Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Sister Anne (Mary Ricarda) McCluskey SNJM

Holy Names Sister Anne McCluskey died June 27 at Brookdale South Regal, Spokane. She was 93 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated July 11 at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

She was born Jan. 15, 1923, in Seattle. Anne finished Sacred Heart Elementary School and Immaculate High School before entering the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary at Marylhurst, Ore.

She earned a B.M. in education from Marylhurst College and a M.M. in Piano Pedagogy from Eastern State College, as well as National Accreditation in Piano.

As Sister Mary Ricarda, in 1942 she began teaching music in parochial schools in Spokane and Seattle, Wash., as well as Portland, Bend, St. Paul, Astoria, and Salem, Ore., before settling in Spokane in 1965.

The duties of a music teacher included private lessons, church choirs, recitals, programs and parish liturgical support. By 1970, Anne was drawn to group teaching of piano, far more strenuous than private lessons but, she found, much more effective. She had studied group piano teaching at Columbia University Teacher’s College in New York, and was such a successful promoter of the PACE method that she was invited to present teachers’ classes and to conduct Musicianship Festivals all over the West Coast.

By 1984, a broken wrist and the rheumatoid arthritis that had plagued her for years took their toll, and she retired from teaching, only to volunteer in internal ministry with her Religious community as a provincial secretary and archives assistant. She also volunteered for Daybreak of Spokane.

Although in time she was profoundly deaf and nearly blind, Sister Anne learned to compensate by sitting close to a speaker, by reading on her Nook, by asking questions, and expressing interest in the people and events of the world within which she lived – the whole planet. Her well-developed spirituality and her desire to share faith with others raised the level of any conversation. She led a prayer group at St. Aloysius Parish, Spokane, for 18 years. She was open-hearted, giving and receiving in relationships, always happy to interact with her visitors and caregivers.

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

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