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Blessing of seniors and luncheon in the parlors &
Fireside Chat with Father Joseph Doogan

Seventy-eight senior parishioners gathered after a special 12:10 Mass in the Cathedral for a luncheon in the rectory parlors.

Surrounded by portraits of Seattle's bishops in the parlor. 

Two of our longest term parishioners:  Rose Circo (49 years) and Mike McKay (70+ years)!  The total number of years this group of seniors has been in the Cathedral parish:  1,592 years and 4 months!!

In the evening, we gathered in Cathedral Hall for a "Fireside Chat" with Father Joseph Doogan, a treasure of the Archdiocese of Seattle.  Father Doogan was ordained in 1948 in St. James Cathedral and continues to be active at the Archdiocesan Tribunal and Our Lady of Fatima Parish.  He knows the history of the Catholic Church in Western Washington from inside out.  Read the text of Father Doogan's presentation here.

Father Doogan spoke about Bishop O'Dea (shown here with his secretary and chancellor, Msgr. Theodore Ryan--first native Seattleite to be ordained a priest).  "Bishop O'Dea was a visionary.  He had a great love for the people and especially the children... He died as he lived, with God's blessings on his lips."

Thank you, Father Doogan!  We look forward to hearing more of the saga as we continue our celebration of our Centennial.


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Seattle, Washington  98104
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