By Senators Fraser, Heavey, Rasmussen, Wood, Deccio, Prince, Jacobsen, Prentice, Spanel and Kohl


     WHEREAS, Father Arnold John Fox, OSB, is a lifelong resident of Washington, and one of the oldest priests in the Archdiocese of Seattle; and

     WHEREAS, He has been an example of leadership and devotion during his more than 58 combined years of service to the parishioners of Immaculate Conception in Arlington, Visitation Parish in Tacoma, Queen of Angels Parish in Port Angeles, and Assumption Parish in Seattle; and

     WHEREAS, Father Fox was a teacher and administrator of  numerous young men at Saint Martin=s School and College from 1936 to 1940; and

     WHEREAS, He has provided spiritual guidance and instruction to many community leaders, including former Governor John Spellman and his family; and

     WHEREAS, Father Fox has personally raised thousands of dollars for the benefit of the poor, for education, the arts, and many other deserving causes for the citizens of Washington; and

     WHEREAS, He has been a respected member of the monastic community at St. Martin=s Abbey and College in Lacey since 1927; and

     WHEREAS, This man of God has remained faithful to his vocation, despite the tremendous change the Roman Catholic Church has seen during his service to his monastic community and the residents of this state; and

     WHEREAS, Father Fox will mark his Diamond Jubilee on March 7, 1998, along with his 95th birthday; and

     WHEREAS, This Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated at St. Martin=s College on the afternoon of March 8, 1998; and

     WHEREAS, Father Fox is an outstanding example for all Washingtonians through his unselfish service to those in need of education, guidance, or support;

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the members of the Washington State Senate do hereby recognize and honor Father Arnold John Fox for his lifetime of commitment and tenacious dedication to the spiritual health of the people of Washington; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Secretary of the Senate immediately transmit a copy of this resolution to Father Arnold John Fox and the members of the monastic community at St. Martin=s Abbey.


I, Mike O=Connell, Secretary of the Senate,

do hereby certify that this is a true and

correct copy of Senate Resolution 1998-8717,

adopted by the Senate March 5, 1998.





Secretary of the Senate