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 | Sister Mary Tracy, SNJM

Priest’s Kindness Inspires Endowment

A new endowment has recently been created from an estate gift left to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes by Ms. Katherine O’Sullivan. Ms. O’Sullivan passed away in June 2018.  She was a parishioner at the Cathedral in the 1970s and came to admire Father Paul Vevik, who was assigned to the Cathedral at that time. Father Vevik’s pastoral care many years ago inspired Ms. O’Sullivan to remember the Cathedral in her estate planning.

“Father Vevik has always had a deep appreciation for the arts in general and sacred music in particular. This endowment will support the use of sacred music at the Cathedral for generations to come,” remarked Cathedral Rector, Father Darrin Connall.

The Reverend Paul S. Vevik Endowment for Music will serve as a lasting tribute to Father Vevik—as well as to Katherine O’Sullivan, who understood the central role that music plays in the liturgical and community life of the Cathedral. Generations will benefit from this endowment that can trace its origin to the early life of a parish priest responding to God’s call to serve. Blessings abound!

Should you wish to discuss how to include the Diocese or the Catholic Foundation in your estate plans, or setting up an endowment, please contact Sr. Mary Tracy at or call: 509-358-7334.

‘We’ll Sing Hurrah, Hurrah for Marycliff!’

Though the beloved diocesan girls’ school closed its doors for the last time in 1979, Marycliff’s alumnae express a fierce loyalty to the mission and ideals of their school.

A recent tour of the campus during the 1969 class reunion revealed the familiar exhortation at the school’s entrance: “Goodness, knowledge and discipline, teach me, O Lord.” This call to authenticity from Psalm 119 met us each morning as we arrived for classes.

Many in our class are convinced that the hill going up to the school has been shortened and even flattened a bit. This was a long and steep hill 50 years ago; it is now a short walkway with a slight incline.

Marycliff – the touchstone of Marycliff – is woven into the memories and hearts of hundreds, if not thousands, of women.

The bishop and diocesan leaders who, by necessity, sold the school in the early 1980s, were farsighted in creating an endowment.

The Marycliff Endowment’s value is roughly $1.5 million. Bishop Thomas Daly oversees this fund, which supports Catholic education in the Diocese of Spokane. This endowment will remain in perpetuity, benefitting students for generations.

If you would like to make a tax deductible gift to the Marycliff Endowment, we would be so grateful. You would be strengthening the Catholic school system in our diocese. All gifts of any size are important. Your gift is important.

Please make checks payable to the Catholic Foundation and send to PO Box 1484, Spokane, WA 99210-1484. Questions? Contact Sr. Mary Tracy at or call: 509-358-7334.