P. Gerard Mulholland, SVD
Date: Tue, Nov 25 @ 16:22
Dear Confreres & Friends,
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Fr.
Gerard Mulholland. After being diagnosed with Motor Neurone
Disease some months ago, Gerard finally succumbed to the disease
at 9.45am this morning, with Mary, his sister, Arturo Barrios
and myself at his bedside.
I ask you to please remember Gerard & his family in your
prayers. May he rest in peace.
In the Word-
Henry Adler SVD
Date: November 27, 2012 @ 16:15
Dear Confreres and Friends,
There will be a Memorial Mass on
Friday, 28th November, 2014 for Fr Gerard Mulholland SVD. The
Mass will be celebrated in A.J.Chapel, 199 Epping Road,
Marsfield at 10.00am for close friends, staff and confreres who
would like to be present.
Mass of Christian Burial for Reverend
Father Gerard Patrick Mulholland SVD will be offered in St
Mark’s Parish Church, 96 Lilac Street, Inala on Tuesday, 2nd
December, 2014 commencing at 11.00am.
Light refreshments will be
served at Inala after Mass.
The funeral cortege will then leave
for Nudgee Cemetery 493 St Vincents Road, Nudgee.
us keep Gerard and his family in our prayers at this sad time.
Looking forward to
Fr. Joseph Minh Công Nguyễn, SVD
Missionary persevered through persecution and peril to
become a priest
Come Unto Me And I Will Give You Rest
Hãy đến với Ta và Ta sẽ cho nghỉ ngơi bồi dưỡng
With great sadness I want to inform you that Fr. Joseph Minh
this afternoon at 3:40 pm, Friday, November 14, 2014
at Divine Word Residence, Techny/Chicago.
His brothers have been with him during his final moments.
May Fr. Joseph Minh rest in peace.
And please continue to keep his family in our prayers.
CÁO PHÓ và CHƯƠNG TRÌNH TANG LỄ
Chúng con cậy vì danh Chúa nhân từ,
xin cho linh hồn Giuse Nguyễn Công Minh, SVD sớm được hưởng nhan
Xin thông báo:
Dòng Ngôi Lời sẽ cung cấp chỗ nghỉ ngơi từ thứ
Sáu, 21/11 tới thứ Bảy, 22/11 cho quí thân bằng quyến thuộc và
bạn hữu từ xa đến tham dự Thánh Lễ An Táng cho cha Giuse Nguyễn
Công Minh, SVD.
Quí cha đồng tế xin mang theo áo An-ba (Alb).
Mọi chi tiết xin liên lạc cha Đinh Đức Quang, SVD.
Xin tiếp tục
cầu nguyện cho linh hồn linh mục Giuse Nguyễn Công Minh, SVD.
Fr. Cecilio Jayme, SVD
Dear Fr. Heinz;
Since Fr. Rocha is in Manila, he asked me to inform you that
Fr. Cecilio Jayme, SVD has passed away at Perpetual Succor Hospital in Cebu City at 6:30am today - October 30, 2014. He was
in the hospital in past weeks and was diagnosed with Bilatary
Cancer. Last week he was discharged and stayed for a while at
St. Michael Community in Talamban but two days ago he was rushed
back to the hospital and doctors found out that his two kidneys
are no longer functioning. Wake will be held at the USC Main
Chapel while date for the funeral is still to be confirmed.
In the Divine Word,
Isagani Ehido, SVD
Cecilio Jayme was born in 1935 at Jimalalud, Negros Oriental.
After finishing his elementary grades at his home town, he
enrolled at St. Paul College in Dumaguete City where he
graduated his high school in March 1958.
He entered the SVD novitiate at Christ the King Mission
Seminary in Quezon City in June 1958 and made his first vows in
1960. After his philosophy course, he was sent to St. Augustine
Seminary, at Bay St. Louis, Missouri for his theology. In 1965,
he made his perpetual vows and was ordained priest in 1967.
he came back to the Philippines, he was assigned to the SVD
minor seminary in Cebu City as prefect of seminarians. In 1972,
when Fr. lsidoro Kemerer returned to Argentina, he assumed his
position as Director of the USC Boy's High School.
Sometime in 1974, he took up part-time study in business
accounting with the idea to succeed Fr. Joseph Jaschik in the
SVD's house procure. However, in 1976 when Fr. Robert Schmitz
was suddenly called by Superior General Henry Heekeren to be the
General Treasurer in Rome, Fr. Jayme was in a sense fast-tracked
to take his place in 1977 as Vice President for Finance.
At that time, the USC administration was placed in difficulty
due to personnel shortage because of the final implementation of
the "Filipinization Law" as well as by the retirement of older
foreign missionaries and lack of trained and experienced
Filipino SVDs to take administrative positions.
It was no surprise that Fr. Jayme had found it difficult to
fit immediately into the shoes of Fr. Schmitz taking an expanded
financial responsibility. The on-going effort of Fr. Schmitz in
building up academic chairs for certain academic programs was
disrupted. Likewise, the close correspondence with European fund
sources was practically stopped as Fr. Jayme did not know the
German language by which most of the transactions with Europe
were conducted. Fr. Joseph Baumgartner who took up all the
correspondence with Rahmann's European benefactors gave some
help, but not enough as he was also loaded with other
responsibilities. While in Rome, Fr. Schmitz, for a while, gave
him some necessary orientation on what to do with certain still
Meanwhile, he had to be already involved in the preparation
for the construction of the science building and dormitories in
the Talamban campus which were in their first and final stages
of planning respectively. In January 1979, the construction of
the dormitories was started and was finished during the summer
vacation. In 1980 under Father President Gregorio Pizarro, the
construction of the science building was undertaken as well as
the initial planning of the church and retreat house. Fr. Winand
Klassen was then fully managing the on-going construction and
the planning of the other structures. There was an over-spending
in the construction of the science building because of the
change made to locate the building on the slope side which
needed a stronger foundation rather than on top of a leveled
site. Fr. Jayme was faced with a cash crisis. He was forced to
borrow money from restricted funds to meet due cash payments as
the promised aid from Europe came slowly.
In May 1982 a new USC administrative team under Fr. Florante
Camacho took over. Fr. Arthur Villanueva was appointed to
replace Fr. Jayme as VP for Finance. Fr. Jayme opted to go to
the SVD US Western Province. There he served in the mission
parishes under the Diocese of Galveston, Texas, whose bishop at
that time was an SVD member.
In the post-EDSA years, when Fr. Jayme returned to the
Philippines, he was assigned to the Southern Philippine
Province. In 1990 he was at the Divine Word University in
Tacloban City. In 1994 when the Divine Word University had to
close its operation due to the final break between the
University administration and the Faculty and Employees' Union,
he was the Rector of the SVD community there. After the decision
to close the University was made final in 1995, he was
transferred to the SVD Formation Centre in Cebu City.
He became Rector of the SVD community at the centre. By this
time he had already symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, although
he could still move around and play a little bit his favourite
game of basketball. Then, he was chaplain and confessor the Holy
Spirit Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Banilad, Mandaue City
till about 2000. His RA became serious to the point that he had
to be operated in both knees. Recuperating from this operation
for a long time with his mobility restricted he remained at the
centre. He finally decided to retire in 2004 to his home in
Jimalalud, Negros Oriental although he is listed as member of
the SVD community of the St. Michael SVD Residence in the USC
P. William Caffrey SVD
William Caffrey was born on March 2, 1929 in New York City. He
attended Cathedral High School, NY and Divine Word Seminary,
Bordentown, New Jersey. He did his novitiate in Conesus, NY and
his college studies at Divine Word College, Epworth, Iowa and
theological studies at Techny, Illinois.
October 10, 2003
He was ordained on Easter Sunday, March 29, 1959 at Divine
Word Chapel in Techny, Illinois. After ordination he was sent to
study for a master's degree in Sociology at Catholic University,
Washington, DC. After his graduate studies at Catholic
University, he was appointed associate pastor at Sacred Heart
Parish in Greenville, Mississippi.
From Mississippi, his superiors appointed him Prefect of
Students at Divine Word Seminary, Riverside, California. He
taught at the SVD seminary and Notre Dame High School,
Riverside. He was Prefect of students from 1962-68 and Rector of
the SVD seminary from 1968-73.
From Riverside he was appointed pastor at St. John the
Evangelist, Los Angeles 1973-1982. During this time, he became
Chaplain of the L.A.P.D. while being involved in the
Neo-Catechumenate Communities on the West Coast. In 1982, Father
Bill was appointed Mission Director for the SVD Western
Province. In 1987 he was appointed principal of Paraclete High
School, Lancaster, CA.
After 12 years at Paraclete High School in Lancaster, he
chose to move on to another experience in his life. He returned
to Riverside. He was appointed Rector of the Divine Word
Community and Retreat Center in Riverside. Along with a very
busy job as Rector, Fr. Bill did hospital ministry at St. Jude
Fullerton and helped in supply ministries in parishes around the
On March 29, 2009, Fr. Bill celebrated his golden jubilee of
priesthood ordination. He wrote: "The anniversary celebration of
any priest is a celebration of the priesthood of the people of
God. Very often, we priests receive the praise and glory that
comes with this celebration but this is a celebration of the
priesthood of each of you. I am a priest today because of the
many thousands of young and old that has touched my life over
these 50 years. You have formed me into the priest that Christ
has called me to be."
On his golden jubilee card that he distributed out to all his
friends, he quoted the words of his own mother Mary Caffrey on
the day of his priesthood ordination.
" I offer you, my son Bill, through Jesus and Mary, to the
Eternal Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost."
September 13, 2014 – fifty five years of priestly service
came to a peaceful close for Father William Caffrey. All those
years was brilliantly spent preaching the joy of the gospel be
it in Illinois, Mississippi, California and points beyond. His
love for Jesus touched the hearts of everyone he met. He knew
who Christ was in his life and he wanted all men and women,
young and old – to experience this love of the Heart of Jesus.
A good priest, a man of deep prayer and profound
spirituality, a faithful servant. He was well loved.
All throughout his life, Father Bill radiated joy for
everyone… a true priest after the heart of God down to the very
end. We will miss him.
Among his files, he kept several copies of the prayer of
Archbishop Oscar Romero – the prayer that shaped Father Bill's
life and ministry. He quoted it in many of his homilies to the
community at Riverside.
"It helps, now and then, to step back, and take the long
view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even
beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny
fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is the Lord's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that
the kingdom always lies beyond us. No statement says it all that
should be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No
confession brings perfection, no pastoral visit brings
wholeness. No program accomplishes the church's mission. No set
of goals and objectives includes everything.
That is what we are all about. We plant sees that one day
will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they
hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further
development. We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond
We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in
realizing that. This enables us to do something and to do it
very well. It may be incomplete, but it is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future that is not our own…"
Bill, our brother in the Lord – until we meet again. Enjoy
now the place God has prepared for you. He loves you forever.
Have a peaceful rest.
In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution to the Divine
Word Retirement Center, 11316 Cypress Avenue, Riverside,
California 92505. Thank you for your kindness to the Divine Word
Father Pons Ramos, SVD Divine Word Center, Riverside, CA
Triumph of the Cross, Sept. 14, 2014
+ + +
There are two Viewings and Wake Services planned by the SVD
community for Father Caffrey:
- Monday, September 22nd 5-8 p.m. St. John the Evangelist,
6028 Victoria Ave., Los Angeles, CA and
- Tuesday, September 23rd 4-8 p.m. Divine Word Residence,
11316 Cypress Ave., Riverside, CA.
The funeral liturgy for Fr. Bill Caffrey will be at St.
Thomas the Apostle Church, 3774 Jackson Street, Riverside on
Wednesday, September 24, 2014. He will be laid to rest at
Crestlawn Cemetery-Riverside, close to our Divine Word Center.
In Memory of Fr William J. Caffrey SVD @ DignityMemorial.com
Fr. William Caffrey, SVD
Fr. Victor Stephen Stevko SVD
P. Viktor Števko SVD
Dear Confreres & Friends,
Just before 5.00pm (Sydney time) Fr Victor Stevko passed away
peacefully at Yallambi Nursing Home.
Br John Alting SVD was with Victor when he passed away, and
other SVDs have accompanied Victor in the last few days of his
We keep Victor and his family in our prayers. We pray that
God will support and comfort them.
We are planning Victor’s funeral for 10.30am Wednesday, 10th
September, 2014 in the A.J. Chapel in Marsfield.
I will keep you all informed as more details come to hand.
In the Word
The full death notice and funeral arrangements will be
published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday morning, 9th
Sept but here are the details of our farewell for Victor Stevko
A Vigil Mass for Fr Victor Stephen Stevko SVD
will be celebrated at
The Slovak Catholic Church
of Sts Cyril and Methodius
30 Vaughan Street, Lidcombe
on Tuesday, 9th September, 2014
commencing at 7.00pm
Mass of Christian Burial for Reverend Father
Stephen Stevko SVD will be offered in Arnold Janssen Chapel,
199 Epping Road on Wednesday, 10th September, 2014
commencing at 10.30am
The funeral will leave the
chapel at the conclusion of the Mass for Macquarie
Park Cemetery, corner Delhi and Plassey Roads,
Henry Adler SVD
Divine Word Missionaries
Locked Bag 3, Epping NSW 1710
Ph: 02 9868 2666 Fax: 02 9869 1132
misionár páter Viktor Števko SVD
Fr. John Niessen SVD
John Niessen was born in Beesel, Holland (Netherlands) on June
26, 1924. He was the second of five children of William and
Maria Niessen. Two brothers, William and Louie and two sisters,
Mary and Ann live in Holland. Mary is a nun (Sister Imaria
Niessen, SSpS) of the Holy Spirit Missionary Order.
Father John professed vows in 1945 and was ordained on August
19, 1951 at St. Francis Xavier in Teteringen, Holland. After
ordination he spent a year in Siegburg, West Germany (near Bonn)
doing some more theological studies. Returning to Holland, for
the next 11 years Father John was assigned to Deurne as a
teacher and in the meantime pursued his advanced studies for a
degree in Sociology. Between 1963-65 he joined the SVD staff of
the Mission Center in Soesterberg "Contact between the
continents" In 1965, the Center sent John Niessen for study,
orientation and work in social research in Columbia. After a
stint in Columbia, John Niessen attended school in pastoral
theology in Quito, Ecuador sponsored by the Latin American
After his experience in Latin America, he asked for a
transfer and assignment in Mexico. After a brief stint in
Mexico, he came to California and helped out in St. Raphael
Parish in Goleta, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Santa Barbara and
Sacred Heart Parish in Pomona.
In 1978, the Superior General assigned John to the USA
Western Province. John worked tirelessly in St. Anthony Parish,
San Bernardino and at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Blythe,
California. In retirement, he was an avid reader, kept up with
current events and the many happenings in the Church. A faithful
subscriber to the Tablet of London, America Magazine, Commonweal
and many other prestigious publications. He reads them with
"gusto" and a very good conversationalist till the very end of
his life. He did a lot of supply work in many parishes in the
Diocese of San Bernardino. In all his parish assignments, he was
well loved. People talked about his gentleness and his deep
spirituality – a holy man. John was a man of deep prayer - who
recognized in his own life that all is God's grace.
On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 4: p.m. to 8:00 p.m. there
will be a Viewing and Rosary at the Divine Word Residence,
Riverside. Bishop Gerald Barnes of the Diocese of San Bernardino
will be the main celebrant for the Funeral Mass on Thursday,
1:00 p.m. August 21, 2014 at Queen of Angels Church, Riverside.
Father Provincial Soney Sebastian will conduct the burial
service at Crestlawn Memorial Park, La Sierra Ave., Riverside
after the Funeral Mass. The SVD community invites everyone for a
reception at Divine Word Residence immediately following the
Rest well John. May many angels take you to your rest. We,
your SVD confreres will miss your loving presence among us.
Enjoy now the face of our God, whom you served so lovingly and
The Press Enterprise Obituaries :: Fr. John Niessen
Pater JAN (Sjang) NIESSEN SVD
R.I.P. Fr. John Niessen, SVD
Fr. Pirmin SVD <Joseph Richard> HAAG
Fr. Pirmin est né le 28/9/38 à Bebelsheim en Allemagne. Si, à
partir de la maison familiale il regardait par la fenêtre, il
pouvait voir la France. En 1952, après avoir terminé l'école
primaire de 8 ans, il apprit le métier de tourneur.
Le 1/2/58, il entra comme postulant à St. Wendel, pour devenir
missionnaire. Pour tester sa vocation, ses supérieurs
l'envoyèrent d'abord dans la cuisine. Après son noviciat (8/9/58
- 8/9/60), il émit les premiers vœux et six ans plus tard, les
vœux perpétuels. Etant sarrois et appartenant ainsi après la
Deuxième Guerre Mondiale à la France, il avait appris le
français depuis l'école primaire. Ainsi, il était prédestiné
pour la Mission au Congo, où il arriva le 22/10/66 avec son ami
de promotion, Fr. Georges Eifler.
Mais avant, il avait fait la maîtrise dans son métier et avait
perfectionné son français à Lyon. Là il travaillait en même
temps dans un garage, où il apprit encore la mécanique et les
termes techniques pour ce métier.
Il fut affecté à Kalonda et ensuite à Kenge, où il dirigeait un
petit garage. Mais son premier travail était de construire avec
le P. Ekkelboom, l'initiateur du fameux "chemin de Ekkelboom"
entre Kenge et Kalonda, un pont sur la Konzi. Plus tard, les
constructeurs de la "Route Nationale 1" ont suivi le chemin que
le P. Ekkelboom avait tracé.
Sur son séjour à Kenge, le Fr. Pirmin disait: "Après mon baptême
à la Konzi, les supérieurs m'ont confié le garage de Kenge. Ce
n'était pas facile. Les militaires de Kenge venaient avec tous
leurs problèmes techniques possibles ou aussi impossibles."
Ainsi, le Fr. Pirmin était content, si les confrères
l'appelaient à partir de leurs missions pour réparer leurs
diverses pannes. Ces voyages de secours dans tout le diocèse de
Kenge devenaient l'occupation préférée du frère: réparer des
véhicules, des moteurs, des groupes électrogènes, des pompes,
des bacs, diverses machines, etc. Il aidait ainsi aussi les
Sœurs, les hôpitaux et d'autres.
Deux "éléments" étaient d'une grande utilité pour lui, pour se
débrouiller et pour trouver une solution à tous les problèmes
techniques selon l'"article 15". C'était son poste de soudure
qui l'accompagnait toujours et son habilité de tourneur, pour
fabriquer des pièces de rechange.
En 1970, le Fr. Pirmin fut de nouveau affecté à Kalonda, où
ensemble avec le Fr. Baptiste, s'occupait du garage, mais
préparait surtout le matériel pour ses tournées en "brousse".
En 1972, pendant la période de l'authenticité, Mobutu avait
interdit les signes/symboles religieux en public. A cette
époque, le Fr. Pirmin construisit un clocher métallique à côté
de l'église Nto-Luzingu à Bandundu. En haut de la construction,
il fixa une grand croix très solide et dit au curé P. Gessler:
"Je pense que personne n'auras l'audace d'enlever cette croix."
Quand le clocher avec cette croix fut inauguré un Vendredi
Saint, la population applaudissait longuement.
En 1978, une nouvelle époque commença dans la vie du Fr. Pirmin.
Le diocèse de Kenge avait cédé (vendu) le petit Séminaire de
Kalonda à la CEPKIN, pour devenir grand Séminaire de philosophie
pour les 5 diocèses de la province de Bandundu (Idiofa, Inongo,
Kenge, Kikwit, Popokabaka). La SVD aussi céda sa partie et
devait s'installer ailleurs. Le Fr. Pirmin avait parcouru la
région pour trouver un emplacement convenable. Son idée: trouver
une possibilité d'installer une turbine, pour produire notre
propre courant. Près du village Ngondi, il trouva un endroit qui
n'était pas tout à fait idéal, mais qui donna quand même la
possibilité de produire une grande partie du courant dont on
aura besoin. N'étant pas du tout spécialiste en électricité, le
Fr. Pirmin s'y mettait pour étudier ce projet, il le réalisa et
l'acheva le 29/11/84. Depuis lors, la turbine tourne et ne
fournit pas seulement le courant de nuit, comme le frère avait
promis en proposant son projet au conseil provincial, mais
souvent aussi pour faire marcher toutes les machines qui
fonctionnent à Ngondi. Cette installation était amortie après 10
ans et fêtera cette année son 30-ème anniversaire. Les pannes
qui ne manquaient pas ont toujours pu être réparée, la dernière
juste avant sa mort.
Le Fr. Pirmin avait construit, avec le Fr. Baptiste d'abord le
grand garage, dans lequel il a travaillé pendant presque 35 ans.
Déjà, le 8/9/81, la communauté de Ngondi était entrée dans la
modeste habitation qu'ils avaient construite. Le Fr. Pirmin a
choisi pour lui la plus petite chambre. Même quand d'autres
chambres plus vastes et plus confortables étaient disponibles,
il refusait de quitter "sa" chambre, où il est resté jusqu'à sa
mort et dans la quelle il est décédé.
Déjà en 1981, le Fr. Baptiste avait été muté pour Katende, où il
avait accepté de diriger les travaux de la construction du
nouveau petit séminaire. Le Fr. Pirmin était resté le seul
responsable du garage. Il devait nécessairement limiter ses
"sorties en brousse", mais restait toujours disponible pour
aider en cas de besoin.
Cela fut surtout le cas pour la nouvelle Mission que la SVD
avait acceptée en 1982 dans le diocèse de Kole. Pendant des
années, le Fr. Pirmin s'y rendait chaque année, d'abord pour
aider les confrères à s'installer convenablement à Dekese, mais
aussi après pour dépanner les confrères, et aussi les Sœurs. Le
voyage seul durait chaque fois au moins 6 jours avec tous les
imprévus sur la route et surtout devant les bacs avec leurs
caprices. Le Fr. Pirmin a laissé à Dekese plusieurs beaux
souvenirs, surtout les 2 églises à Bolonga et Itunga tout près
de Dekese qu'il a construites avec d'anciens tuyaux qui
traînaient sur place.
A Ngondi même, le Fr. Pirmin aidait beaucoup de gens. Tous les
chauffeurs qui faisaient la route Kinshasa - Kikwit,
connaissaient Ngondi, où ils étaient sûrs de trouver une
solution pour leurs pannes et leurs problèmes techniques. Il
aidait les abbés et les autres congrégations religieuses. Il
aidait la population, ne fût-ce que pour fabriquer des
brouettes, souder leurs marmites, réparer les fers à repasser,
leurs houes, même pour fabriquer des berceaux. Il donnait une
attention spéciale aux nombreux stagiaires qui venaient chez
lui, pour leur assurer une bonne formation.
Récemment le Fr. Pirmin a contribué à la construction du
complexe scolaire St Joseph entre Ngondi et Masamuna. Il a
construit tout un carrousel pour les enfants de la maternelle et
fabriqué beaucoup de jouets.
Le jour de son enterrement, les témoignages étaient multiples et
émouvants. Tous lui attestaient qu'il était un religieux modèle
qui pratiquait la devise de St. Benoît "ora et labora". Sa vie
était une vie de prière et de travail. Il ne se gênait pas de se
salir les mains en travaillant toute la journée au garage. Son
esprit de obéissance était exemplaire, tout comme il
accomplissait minutieusement les exigences des vœux de chasteté
et de pauvreté. Malgré sa rigueur, il était gentil, accueillant
et toujours disposé à aider. Il savait prodiguer de bons
conseils. Pendant leurs témoignages plusieurs confrères ont
qualifié le Fr. Pirmin comme exemple. Espérons qu'il attire
beaucoup de confrères à le suivre sur son chemin de simplicité
qui ne revendique rien, de prière et de travail!
Il était un exemple vivant qui montre que sans avoir fait de
grandes études, on peut réaliser de belles choses. Avec sa
formation de l'école primaire de 8 ans, 3 ans d'apprentissage de
son métier de tourneur et moins d'une année de préparation de sa
maîtrise, il a fait des merveilles, même hors de son domaine. Il
a appris la mécanique-auto à Lyon pendant son année
d'apprentissage de langue. Il a installé et entretenu la
turbine, sans avoir appris l'électricité à l'école. Il a appris
tout cela par son propre intérêt et ses propres efforts.
Il est le type du frère SVD traditionnel. Pour se sentir utile
et pour être content, voire fier de sa vocation de frère, il
n'avait pas besoin d'autres études supplémentaires. Avec son
ami, le Fr. Georges, il disait souvent: "Il vaut mieux être un
frère à part entière qu'un demi-prêtre."
Le Fr. Pirmin est mort à l'âge de 75 ans le 21/7/14, après une
courte maladie de 4 jours. Il est mort là où il a passé une
grande partie de sa vie: à Ngondi dans sa petite chambre. Il a
été enterré au cimetière de Ngondi qu'il visitait chaque jour et
où il avait, peut-être discrètement, déjà choisi sa place. Il
est mort au moment, où ses 3 sœurs l'attendaient pour son congé
bien mérité; une lourde épreuve pour sa famille. Que le Seigneur
le récompense abondamment pour tout le bien qu'il a fait,
surtout au Congo, et lui accorde la vie éternelle!
Familie Haag * Hauptstr. 38 * D-66399
Fr. John Regalado SVD
P. Zacharias Belita SVD
Photo Indonesia Ruteng - Undated
P. Mathew Pullukatt SVD
“As a shepherd tends his
flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I
tend my sheep.”
shock wave and a pall of gloom spread over the whole of the INE
Province, and subsequently over all the religious communities,
on hearing the news of the sudden demise of Fr. Mathew Pullukatt
SVD in Bangalore. He was on his way home to Kerala for vacation
after a short sojourn in Bangalore to meet his relatives. On
reaching Bangalore, he began to feel a certain amount of
discomfort that persisted for quite some time. On the ill fated
day, he collapsed in the bathroom and was immediately rushed to
the hospital. But, the end came on the way itself. It was
medically certified that it was a massive cardio respiratory
arrest that claimed his life at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday, 22 June
Mathew Pullukatt was born on September 01, 1939 to Mr. Kuriakose
and Mrs. Elizabeth in Erumely village of Kottayam District,
Kerala. He was baptized on September 07, 1939 in Erumely parish
of Archdiocese of Changanacherry. He hails from a large family
of six brothers and three sisters of whom three are priests and
one is religious sister, which goes to indicate their piety and
devotion in the Christian living. His entire education from 1944
to 1957 was in St. Thomas High School, Erumely. He passed matric
in 1957. About his vocation, he has this to say, “During the
school days, I could read some catholic books, especially about
the missionaries in North India. I decided to become a
missionary… I studied how to serve mass, taught by our parish
Priest. My brothers who were studying for priesthood made a deep
impression on me… In the mean time, Fr. Prefect came to our
Bishop’s palace to welcome new candidates to the Society. I
visited him and he welcomed me to the Society.”
He joined Palda in 1957 and during the three years of
Juniorate passed his Inter Arts. Then followed the two years of
Novitiate in Khurda from 1960 to 1962, at the end of which he
made his First Profession on May 31, 1962. After the Novitiate,
he proceeded to Pune for Philosophy for two years. During the
Regency, he did his graduation in Bargarh and Sambalpur. Back to
Pune again in 1966, for Theological studies. During these four
years, he made his Final Profession on May 30, 1968 and was
ordained a priest on October 24, 1969.
His life goal to become a missionary in North India was
materialized when he arrived in Sambalpur mission on May 30,
1970. After a few assignments as an assistant Parish Priest in
Madhupur, Bargarh, Hamirpur and Gomardih, he was found to be
mature enough to take up the job of a Parish Priest in a number
of parishes like Bagdehi, Telendih, Sundargarh, Rajgangpur,
Gaibira and then a few short term temporary assignments. The
last assignment was to the Retreat Centre at Katapali,
Jharsuguda from where he was on a journey for home holidays to
Fr. Mathew Pullukatt, from his earliest days as a young
priest was pastorally oriented, and all his efforts were
centered around the spiritual and the day to day well being of
the people entrusted to his care. All of his priestly life, he
spent as a pastor, tending to his flock with love, concern and
diligence. Wherever he went, he was well accepted and
appreciated. For the sheep recognized their shepherd.
Fr. Mathew’s realm of work was not only restricted to the
sheep of faithful believers but he also reached out to the other
sheep who did not belong to his fold (the non-Christian
brethren). To prove this point – if there was a government
school in the vicinity of the parish where he was working, he
made it a point to associate frequently with the headmaster and
the staff of the school, and whenever possible and time
permitting, he taught the children the rudiments of the English
language at the primary level. This was his way of breaking the
ice and eradicating any misconception quite prevalent in the
area. This was his novel way of dialogue in action –
Working ceaselessly, tending to his flock, and with the
passage of time, old age caught up with him. In spite of certain
physical disabilities which crop up with old age Fr. Mathew like
an Eveready Battery, was most willing to oblige with the supply
work irrespective of distances and difficulties in commuting to
reach the appointed place, more important – for him was to
attend the Lord’s sheep after the manner of his Good Shepherd.
In his last assignment, he was appointed to assist in the
development of the Retreat Centre, Katapali, a completely new
place. With his flair for communication, and interacting with
the people he frequently visited their homes. He befriended the
poor living nearby. He helped their school going children by
supplying them with stationery. Furthermore, in collaboration
with the doctors and the staff of St. Mary’s Hospital,
Jharsuguda, he conducted medical camps which were appreciated by
the poor. The non-Christian brethren observing his motives to be
pure and genuine, all their fear and apprehension gone, they
received him with open arms. He was welcomed to their homes.
As the saying goes – No two persons, even from the same
common stock, are the same. This is applicable to Fr. Mathew and
his elder brother Fr. George. Fr. Mathew deeply loved his elder
brother and had shown tremendous love, interest and concern for
his health and welfare. Fr. Mathew made it a point to visit his
physically incapacitated brother at frequent intervals.
Suddenly and swiftly came the call,
His sudden death surprised us all.
Well-done good and faithful servant,
Come, share your master’s joy.
In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell,
All the days of my life.
MAY HE REST IN PEACE!
P. Miguel Roig Novell SVD
en Palma de Mallorca, (Islas Baleares) España, el 30 de
diciembre de 1940, hijo mayor de Antonio y Antonia; tuvo dos
hermanas y un hermano. Fue bautizado con tres días, el 2 de
enero de 1941 y confirmado con tres meses, el 7 de marzo de
1941. En octubre de 1960 se gradúa como Profesor Mercantil y el
día 24 llega a Estella para un año de postulantado en nuestra
Congregación, que había conocido a través del Hno. Alberto, José
Ángel Bonín, de la misma isla. Después de los dos años de
noviciado, emitió los primeros votos el 8 de septiembre de 1963.
Con su primer destino misional para la Provincia de España,
recibió la ordenación el 28 de septiembre del 1969. Dedica un
año a la formación pedagógica en Madrid, colaborando con los
Hermanos de La Salle, que hasta hoy guardan como muy gratos sus
recuerdos. Los siguientes años los pasa en Estella dedicados
íntegramente a la formación humana, cristiana y religiosa del
grupo de seminaristas, para quienes Miguel fue, en palabras de
uno de aquellos discípulos: “un auténtico padre, con corazón de
Photo SVD 1994
Después de participar en el curso de renovación en Nemi, en
1979 recibe el traslado a Colombia por dos años, pero pocos
meses después se irá a Ecuador, para trabajar, en la pastoral
indígena, seguramente sus mejores años. Además del recuerdo
emocionado de quienes siguen recordándolo, no como P. Miguel,
sino como “Miguelito” contó con el aprecio de los laicos y
sacerdotes que integraban la “Coordinadora”, grupo de personas
preocupadas por mejorar las condiciones de vida de los indígenas
de aquella zona.
En 1987 se le encargó la formación de los seminaristas en
Bogotá, con quienes estuvo hasta su elección como Superior
Provincial a finales del 1989. Durante los seis años de su
provincialato, con la construcción del Centro Bíblico de Quito,
se dio el gran impulso a la pastoral bíblica, que hasta hoy día
se sigue realizando en Ecuador.
Al concluir su servicio como Superior Provincial siguió
colaborando en las dos administraciones siguientes, en las
cuales realizó labores tanto de secretario a medio tiempo, como
las de un superior delegatus, gestionando la documentación para
los nuevos misioneros. También fue un miembro muy querido y
apreciado de la Comisión Ecuménica de la Conferencia Episcopal
Ecuatoriana; al mismo tiempo colaboraba con el Centro Bíblico
Misionero como traductor de artículos.
En Mayo de 2008 regresa a España con algunos síntomas de la
enfermedad de Alzheimer, que se van agravando progresivamente.
Complicada su situación también con efectos de Parkinson, pasó 4
años en la pequeña comunidad de Zamora hasta que sus cuidados
exigieron el ingreso en un centro especializado en la atención
de personas mayores donde, después de 6 meses padeciendo serías
dificultades, esta mañana ha entregado su alma al Creador de la
P. Luke Valiaparambil SVD
Fr. Luke Valiaparambil, SVD (1954-2014)
Luke was born on 9th January 1954 to Anthony and Mariam at
Chengalam, Changanacherry, having two brothers and five sisters.
He passed matric in 1970 and was recruited to the Society of the
Divine Word by Fr. Joseph Madathany,SVD who had to say this
about Luke, “ Recruited after SSLC; Coming from a rather middle
class family from Chengalam, very simple and hard working. Above
average in studies.” After spending two years in St. John’s
Mission Seminary, Chenganacherry he went to Palda for another
two years of Juniorate. He made one year of Novitiate in 1974-75
and another year of Novitiate in Poona after which he made his
first Profession on 12th June, 1976. After his Philosophical and
Theological studies, with a year of Regency interspersed, he was
ordained a Priest on 10th May 1984.
first appointment in the diocese of Rourkela was to Kesramal
Parish as an assistant Parish Priest. The following year he was
transferred to Sambalpur diocese as an assistant Parish Priest
in Majhapara. After three years he was transferred to Jharsuguda
Parish, first as an assistant and then as the Parish Priest.
Having observed his prowess in administration and his ability
for hard work, after a space of three years as a Parish Priest,
he was appointed to the administrative job as the Rector of
Shanti Bhavan Community, Jharsuguda in 1993. As the next
administration of the Province was full of admiration for his
services to the Provincial House, he was reappointed to the job
for a second term as Rector. Even though the job as a Rector
demanded all his time and energy, he was seen as capable of
taking up still another job as the Spiritual Director of Asha
Niketan, Jharusuguda- the Novitiate of the Handmaids of Mary.
In his appointment letter dated 26th July, 1996 the
Provincial Superior has this to Say, “…you may offer your kind
services to Asha Niketan as per your availability and
limitations, due to your prior commitments at Shanti Bhavan. I
thank you sincerely for accepting this additional responsibility
and for your willingness to participate in the formation of the
Novices of the Handmaids of Mary.” Fr. Luke was destined to rise
up still higher because of his knack of making a success of
whatever he undertook. Divine Word Seminary, Pune was looking
for a capable person for the post of a procurator. The eyes of
the education board of the Society fell on Fr. Luke.
Therefore he was moved to Pune in 1999 and did a marvelous
job for six years there. On the expiry of two terms he returned
to the Province in 2005 and was appointed the treasurer of Vidya
Jyoti Mission Seminary, Lungai. At the end of the term he was
appointed the Parish Priest, Catholic Church Puri. While being
here he had the good fortune to celebrate his Sacerdotal Silver
Jubilee in 2009.
In the meantime he began to feel uneasy with his health with
various types of symptoms for which he took medical advice
regularly. Even then his condition began to deteriorate. Taken
to the Holy Spirit Hospital, Mumbai it was diagnosed that he was
suffering from cancer. He had to undergo surgery and other
necessary treatment. As the condition was not improving, he took
recourse to unconventional treatment in Kerala. There too it did
not prove to be of much help.
His whole life-task can be summed up in the words of the
Provincial Superior in the year 1998, “ I just can’t find
adequate words to express to you the Province’s and my own
sincere appreciation for the remarkable work that you have put
in to attend to the needs of the confreres coming to Shanti
Bhavan during the course of the year, especially during the
final celebration of the Jubilee, you took upon yourself the
strain and pressure of attending to every little chore of the
physical arrangements accommodating every little request of the
confreres. All confreres have appreciated your selfless service
and total dedication to the job. And on their behalf I want to
express to you the Province’s deep appreciation of your
wonderful person. Kindly accept my sincere thanks for your
invaluable contribution given so generously and joyfully. MAY
GOD BLESS YOU.”
After a prolonged suffering in patience, always with a smile
and trusting in God, he breathed his last at 03.20 a.m. on 30th
May, 2014 in the Mercy Hospital at Chengalam, Kerala. Fr. Luke
was laid to rest at St. John’s Mission Seminary, Chenganacherry
on 31st May, 2014.
MAY HE REST IN PEACE!
P. Paul Kwaku Agbeyome SVD
Photo: Michael Heinz SVD - Togo, Lome, 2005
Br. Konrad <Gebhardus> Lässer SVD
Photo SVD - Rome, Italy, 23.V.1973
Bruder Gebhard Lässer
Hno. Cléber Alexandre Oliveira SVD
MISA DE EXEQUIAS HNO. CLÉBER
"Yo soy la resurrección y la vida.
El que cree en mí, aunque muera, vivirá."
LOS MISIONEROS DEL VERBO DIVINO
Celebrarán el viernes 9 de mayo a horas 19.00
en la Parroquia Inmaculada Concepción de Laja (Diócesis de El
MISA DE DIFUNTOS POR EL ETERNO DESCANSO
Hno. Cléber Alexandre Oliveira, SVD
† 08.V.2014 - La Paz,
Será velado en la Iglesia parroquial.
Agradecemos la asistencia y oración.
Al día siguiente, se celebrará, el sábado 10
de mayo, a horas 10.00
en la Parroquia Inmaculada Concepción de Laja (Diócesis de El
MISA DE EXEQUIAS
Agradecemos profundamente por acompañarnos,
como así también invitamos a orar por sus familiares.
P. Gabriel Dasi SVD
Photo SVD - Undated
Fra. Gerald <Cyril> Schroeder SVD
Kindness characterized Divine Word brother's ways
is with great sadness that we inform you that Brother Cyril
Schroeder, SVD (Techny) passed away peacefully at the Techny
Residence at 7:45 pm, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the age of 101.
VIVAT DEUS UNUS ET TRINUS IN CORDIBUS
Pie in Domino defunctus est
+ 15.IV.2014 [Techny] (USC)
Cyril Schroeder, SVD
13 31 33 39 **
Requiescat in Pace
Monday, April 21, 2014 - Divine Word Residence Chapel
3:00 p.m. Visitation
5:15 p.m. Office of the Dead
7:00 p.m. Wake Service
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - Divine Word Residence Chapel
10:30 a.m. Mass of the Resurrection
Burial after Mass at Saint Mary’s Cemetery
Lunch will be served after the burial at
Divine Word Residence
Br. Dominikus Minggu SVD
Photo Indonesia, Ende, 1992
Bro. Dennis Newton SVD
07.XII.1951 – † 05.IV.2014
Divine Word Mission Director Dennis Newton dies at Techny
Come Unto Me And I Will Give You Rest
Dennis Newton SVD passed away on Saturday, April 5, at about
4:30 p.m. surrounded by family, friends, and fellow Divine Word
Missionaries. He fell ill on Thursday afternoon with a blood
clot in his lungs, that in turn affected his heart functioning.
He never regained consciousness and died peacefully on Saturday.
Bro. Dennis was sixty-two years old. He professed first vows as
a brother in 1977 and was national mission director since 2002.
Previously, Bro. Dennis served as vice-provincial, national
vocation director, and in other administrative positions.
Funeral arrangements are:
Wake Service for Brother Dennis Newton SVD
Friday, April 11, 2014 7:00 p.m. Techny Towers 2001 Waukegan
Road Northbrook, IL 60062
Funeral Mass for Brother Dennis Newton SVD
Saturday, April 12, 2014 11:00 a.m. Techny Towers 2001
Waukegan Road Northbrook, IL 60062
In lieu of flowers you can send your gift to Divine Word
Missionaries who will forward it on to his favorite charities.
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|Subject: The Demise of Fr. Shaju
From: Felix Oliveira
Date: Friday, January 10, 2014 @ 07:37
Fr. Shaju Maliakkal SVD
“Well done good and faithful servant. You
have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much;
enter into the joy of your master.” (Mt. 25:21)
Shaju Devassy Maliakkal was born on 25 August 1969 at Bhandup,
Mumbai to Mr. M.A. Devassy and Mrs. Mary Devassy who hail from
Irinjalakuda, Trichur District in Kerala. He was the only son of
the two siblings in the family. He completed his school and
college studies in Mumbai. After finishing his studies in
computer mechanics, he started a computer aided Graphic
Consultancy Office in Mumbai. After working for eight years he
was back to Kerala where he underwent a process of discernment
which was a turning point in his life. He heeded the call of the
Lord and decided to commit his life for the mission of the Lord.
joined the Society of the Divine Word in 1999 at St. John’s
Mission Seminary Changanacherry, Kerala. He entered the
novitiate at Khurda in June 2000 and pronounced his first vows
on 6th June 2001. Later, he completed his philosophical studies
at SVD Vidhya Bhavan, Bhopal. His zeal for the Mission inspired
him to opt for Christo Jyoti Mohavidyaloyo, Sason for his
theological studies. He made his final vows on 1st January 2006
and was ordained deacon on 30th April, 2006. He was ordained a
priest on 5th May 2007 at Bishop’s House, Thrissur.
He chose India East Province for his missionary life. As a
young and energetic Priest he was first assigned to Ishopanthi
Ashram Puri as the Assistant Director and Treasurer. His keen
interest in ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue made him an
easily approachable person. He could freely mix and interact
with people of all categories be it rich or poor. He cared for
every little one in the leprosy colony and Beatrix School in
Puri in all the ways possible. He proved his ability as an
efficient finance manager at Ishopanthi Ashram Puri which was
recognized by the Society and he was entrusted with a greater
responsibility as the treasurer of St. Paul’s School Rourkela in
the year 2010. About his life in St. Paul’s School, Rourkela,
Principal Fr. Joseph has this to Say, “Fr. Shaju was a friendly
person. He could easily relate to people of all walks of life.
It was easy for him to relate to an ordinary poor person and to
the richest. Conversation with people was a joy to him. He
showed no disparity of caste and creed when it came to relate
and serve people. He was well accepted by everyone who came into
contact with him. He always went out of his way to help others.
He never said ‘no’ to anyone who asked for any help. He had
organizational skills that were evident to everyone at school.
He went about doing his work diligently and systematically. He
was a community minded person who enjoyed team work. Apart from
his school work, he used to regularly go for mass and
recollections to neighboring places. He used to visit the sick
and pray over them. His death is an irreparable loss to the
Fr. Shaju had returned to Rourkela on 9th January 2014 at
5.30 am after a short home visit to meet his sister who had come
from London. As he got ready to go to his office in the morning,
he felt uneasy and sat on a chair in front of his room. Fr.
Mathew Poovanpuzha called him to inquire about his arrival.
Since he did not respond at all, he called Fr. Joseph
Sarpirasadam from the school. Immediately, he was rushed to IGH
and admitted to CCU. His Blood Pressure had shot up to 200+. A
CT Scan showed that he had a severe bleeding from his brain stem
– a vital part that controls the entire body. By then, he had
already gone into coma. His respiratory system failed by noon.
So, he was put on ventilator. Medication was given to arrest the
bleeding in the brain. He showed no improvement. In spite of the
best efforts of the doctors and the staff at IGH, at 3.00 pm on
10th January 2014 he had a cardiac arrest and breathed his last.
At the age of thirty, Shaju had everything that is considered
necessary for a promising future -a good job, enough wealth and
good many friends. But, there was a deep yearning within him
which led him to realize that the Lord had some other plan for
him. He promptly responded to this call of the Master and giving
up many things which are precious in the eyes of the world,
decided to become a missionary priest. His deep desire was to
work in the mission especially in the interior parishes and
serve the poorest of the poor. But, this desire of his probably
remains unfulfilled as he returns to his Master. True, the life
was short. But during his short tenure of six years as an SVD
priest, he proved to be efficient and sincere in whatever work
that was entrusted to him. He was an able finance manager,
meticulous and systematic in his work and deeply spiritual as a
missionary priest. As he returns to submit his final accounts to
his Master, we the SVD family miss a loving and warm confrere
and the bereaving family members a dear and loving son. But, we
are sure that he now stands in front of His master to hear him
say, “Well done good and faithful servant. You have been
faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the
joy of your master.” (Mt. 25:21)
May God grant him eternal rest!
Fr. Shaju Maliakkal SVD (1969-2014)
Shaju Devassy Maliakkal SVD was born on 25th August 1969 in
Bhandup, Mumbai. He is the only son of two children born to Mr.
M. A. Devassay and Mary Devassy. He joined the Society of the
Divine Word in 1999 and professed his first vows on 9th June
2001. He came to Odisha KJM for his Theological studies. After
completion of his studies, he professed his Final Vows on 1st
January 2006. He was ordained a deacon on 30th April 2006 and a
priest for INE in the year 5th May 2007. His first assignment
was to Ishopanti Ashram Puri as Assistant Director and
Treasurer. He was then transferred to St. Paul’s School as
Treasurer in June 2010 and continued till date.
Fr. Shaju had returned to Rourkela on 9th January at 5.30 am
after a short home visit to meet his sister who had come from
London. As he got ready to go to school in the morning, he felt
uneasy and sat on a chair in front of his room. Fr. Mathew
called him to inquire about his arrival. Since he did not
respond at all, he called for Fr. Joseph from the school.
Immediately he was rushed to IGH and admitted to CCU. His Blood
Pressure had shot up to 200+. A CT Scan showed that he had a
severe bleeding from his brain stem – a vital part that controls
the entire body. By then, he had already gone into coma. His
respiratory system failed by noon. So he was put on ventilator.
Medication was given to arrest the bleeding in brain. He showed
no improvement. At 3 pm on 10th January he had a heart arrest
and passed away.
Fr. Shaju was a friendly person. He could easily relate to
people of all walks of life. It was easy for him to relate to an
ordinary poor person and to the richest. Conversation with
people was a joy to him. He had no disparity of caste and creed
when it came to relate and serve people. He was well accepted by
everyone who came into contact with him. He always went out of
his way to help others. He never said ‘no’ to anyone who asked
for any help. He had organisational skills that were evident to
everyone at school. He went about doing his work diligently. He
was a community person who enjoyed team work. Apart from his
school work, he used to regularly go for mass and recollections
to neighbouring places. He used to visit the sick and pray over
them. His death is an irreparable loss to the School.
May God grant him eternal rest! May he rest in
Fr. Felix Oliveira, SVD
Mother Teresa Rd.
Cox Colony, P.B. No. 03
Odisha - 768 201 - India