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
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


the Inland Register

(From the August 18, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Delores (M. Rose Delphine) Shaw SNJM

Holy Names Sister Delores Shaw died July 12 at Hospice House of Spokane. She was 82 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated July 18 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane.

Delores was born in Yakima, Wash., December 27, 1933. The family moved to Seattle in 1941, where her father was seeking employment. There she met the Sisters of the Holy Names; her mother died when Delores was 14 years old and her father decided to send Delores to Holy Names Academy.

After graduation she worked as a nurse’s aide at Providence Hospital and attended Seattle University. These were powerful influences and increased a latent desire in her to be a teacher.

On July 25, 1953, she took the train to Portland, Ore., and a bus to the Holy Names novitiate at Marylhurst, Ore. Delores made her final vows on Aug. 5, 1960.

She earned a B.Ed at Marylhurst College in 1959 and Masters in Ministry from Seattle University in 1982.

Although she was challenged with numerous health problems from birth, it did not deter her dream of being a teacher. As a primary and middle grade teacher, she honed her teaching skills to a fine art, using her creative artistic abilities to beautify and enhance places where she ministered. She believed, “atmosphere is ennobling and uplifting to the persons who live and work in such surroundings.” She ministered in schools in Oregon in The Dalles, St. Paul and Portland, and in Washington in Everett, Uniontown, Spokane, Seattle, and Tacoma. Her last official teaching position was 1997 at St. Edwards School in Seattle.

In 2011, Sister Delores joined her Sisters at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane; then moved two years ago with the convent community to Brookdale South Regal.

Despite the discomfort of health challenges, Sister Delores remained a very positive, peaceful, joyful person.

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

Sister Jacqueline (Andrew Marie) Christian OSF

Sister Jacqueline Christian of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia died in Taylor Hospital, Aston, Pa., on Aug 4. She had been a professed member of her Religious community for 57 years.

A Christian wake service took place Aug. 10 at Assisi House in Aston, followed by the funeral Mass later that day. Burial was in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston.

Sister Jacqueline was born in Aberdeen, Wash. She entered the congregation in 1957 and professed her first vows in 1959. She studied nursing at St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Tacoma, Wash., where she became an RN. She later earned a BS in Nursing from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sister Jacqueline ministered in the Diocese of Baker, Ore., for 43 years. She worked in St. Joseph Hospital in La Grande, Ore., and at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker, Ore. During her 23 years at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, Ore., Sister Jacqueline initially worked as a nurse and, for many years, served in medical records.

During her years in the Diocese of Spokane, Sister Jacqueline ministered at Kairos House of Prayer, Spokane, where she engaged in retreat work.

Additional ministry experience took Sister Jacqueline to both Tacoma and to Portland, Ore. In 2014 she moved to Pennsylvania, where she served in prayer ministry at Assisi House, the congregation’s retirement residence in Aston.

Memorial donations can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.

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