works WINTER 2018

Dear Friends, As we mourn the recent passing of one of our chief patron founders, Fr. Frank Bach, I find myself going through almost 20 years of memories of him. One of the things I remember most was the day that Donna Hanson passed away and the visit I got from Fr. Bach as I started my first day trying to fill her shoes. He, who was the director of Catholic Charities before Donna and builder of the modern day Catholic Charities, told me something very simple.

He said, “Rob, you need to remember that once in a while, somebody’s got to be willing to take a risk for the poor. Don’t ever be afraid to take risks. If you don’t, Catholic Charities will fade away.”

Fr. Bach always took a risk for the poor and vulnerable. He was the first to even attempt to build Catholic Charities housing and the first to take the leap into resettling refugees and providing services to immigrants. Did you know he built Catholic Charities Community Centers all over Spokane, that became so large and successful, they eventually were turned into their own non-profit organization, now known as SNAP? He also had the vision to intentionally connect Catholic Charities to each and every parish in the Diocese.

No chance Catholic Charities was going to fade away under Fr. Bach, who remained a lifelong member of the Catholic Charities Board!

But what Fr. Bach really loved most (other than Notre Dame football) was being a parish priest. He wanted his parishioners to lean on him, celebrate with him, and count on him for help. He just loved being a priest. He loved the many parish communities he served over so many decades. My fondest memories of him

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Monsignor Frank J. Bach October 11, 1930 — December 16, 2017 Ordained May 26, 1956

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