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  • Divine Word Novitiate Divine Word Theologate Support Our Work News Calendar of Events Press Releases Press Release Archives Missionaries in the News Missionaries in the News Archives Tales from the Province Videos E newsletter sign up Where in the Divine Word World Experts Guide Obituaries 2016 In memoriam 2015 In memoriam 2014 In memoriam 2013 In memoriam 2012 In memoriam 2011 In memoriam 2010 In memoriam 2009 In memoriam 2008 In memoriam 2007 In memoriam 2006 In memoriam 2005 Resources Photo Gallery Photo Gallery Archives Free Downloads Protect Our Children Robert M Myers Archives Research Guidelines Holdings Plan a Visit Other Websites Members Intranet Member Documents Member Directories Member Education Characteristic Dimensions Experts Guide Calendar of Events Press Releases Missionaries in the News Tales from the Province Experts Guide Obituaries 2016 REVEREND RICHARD VAZ SVD Father Richard Vaz SVD an expert on social and economic matters in India is a missionary with the Society of the Divine Word SVD a Roman Catholic order founded in 1875 Born in Mangalore India Father Vaz has devoted his career to caring for the economically disenfranchised For 29 years he worked in Orissa India with the tribals or indigenous people and the dalits those

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  • In memoriam 2008 In memoriam 2007 In memoriam 2006 In memoriam 2005 Resources Photo Gallery Photo Gallery Archives Free Downloads Protect Our Children Robert M Myers Archives Research Guidelines Holdings Plan a Visit Other Websites Members Intranet Member Documents Member Directories Member Education Characteristic Dimensions Experts Guide Calendar of Events Press Releases Missionaries in the News Tales from the Province Experts Guide Obituaries 2016 REVEREND MARK WEBER SVD Father Mark Weber SVD served as provincial superior of the Chicago Province of the Society of the Divine Word from 2005 to 2011 As provincial he held responsibilities that are similar to those of a bishop overseeing the work of more than 250 missionaries and serving as chief administrator of a territory that stretches from Canada to the Caribbean and from Nebraska to Massachusetts The Chicago Province is the Society of the Divine Word s largest province in the Western Hemisphere Founded in 1875 the Society of the Divine Word is the world s sixth largest Catholic religious order for men and the largest one that focuses on missionary work Father Weber joined the Divine Word Missionaries in 1977 Ordained in 1982 he spent eight years in Ghana two years as a seminarian and six years as a missionary priest From 1983 to 1989 he was chaplain at St Paul Technical School in Kukurantumi Ghana When he returned to the United States in 1989 he joined the staff of the 8th Day Center for Justice focusing on issues regarding social justice Those efforts included raising awareness of inequitable global trade systems the need for affordable housing the fight to end apartheid in South Africa and forgiveness of oppressive national debts for developing countries For most of the 1990s Father Weber worked on the formation staff of Divine Word Theologate in Hyde Park

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  • Documents Member Directories Member Education Characteristic Dimensions Experts Guide Calendar of Events Press Releases Missionaries in the News Tales from the Province Experts Guide Obituaries 2016 BROTHER MATHEW ZEMEL SVD Divine Word Brother Mathew Zemel has lived through and contributed to the recent history of the Society of the Divine Word the world s sixth largest Catholic congregation for men and the largest to focus on missionary work A native of Rochester N Y Brother Mat has held several administrative and finance positions in the Midwest and on the East Coast In the 1980s Society of the Divine Word leaders chose Brother Mat to be an integral part of the process to change the organizational structure of the order in North America In 1985 the order integrated two territorial units known as the Eastern and Northern provinces Brother Mat became the liaison between the two provinces When the provinces merged and became the Chicago Province Brother Mat moved to Techny Again leaders tapped his knowledge and skills and named him secretary of the committee to amalgamate the two provinces This committee set up a joint administration and Brother Mat was elected to the Chicago Province s first Provincial Council In 1987 Brother Mat was asked to serve as a member of the Techny Land Committee To date he remains a member of the Techny Land Development Committee He also is responsible for the management of St Mary s Cemetery and is liaison between the Society of the Divine Word and the company that manages the landfill to the north of Willow Road Additionally his fellow Divine Word Missionaries elected him as a delegate to the General Chapter in 1988 As a delegate he worked with others in Rome to produce three documents or white papers and to choose the superior

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  • Our Children Robert M Myers Archives Research Guidelines Holdings Plan a Visit Other Websites Members Intranet Member Documents Member Directories Member Education Characteristic Dimensions In memoriam 2016 Father Eric Vargas 1948 2016 Missionary priest served as a pastor for the people Father Eric Vargas SVD who celebrated 40 years as a priest in December died on Feb 27 at Techny Pope Francis once said The thing the Church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful Eric fulfilled that mission said Father Michael Hutchins SVD a classmate of Father Vargas and rector of Divine Word Theologate He lived his life with his heart open to people in need Eric Vargas was born in New York City on May 9 1948 the youngest of Frank and Josephine nee Ortiz Vargas s four children He joined the Society of the Divine Word at Bordentown N J in 1963 and earned a bachelor s degree in sociology In 1972 he professed religious vows in Bay St Louis Miss and was ordained to the priesthood at Bordentown three years later Father Vargas s ministry took him to several shores In the early years of his priesthood he provided pastoral care for the people of San Miguel Arcangel Saint Michael the Archangel in Naranjito Puerto Rico and later ministered to Hispanic communities in Jersey City N J During his time on the East Coast he was rector of the Divine Word community in Washington D C dean of students at Divine Word Seminary in Bordentown N J and chairman of the Divine Word Formation and Education Committee for minor seminaries in North America Father Vargas also was assigned to pastoral ministry in California While on the West Coast he served as a hospital chaplain in St

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  • the Chicago Province Robert M Myers Archives He returned from Papua New Guinea in 1992 with a mission It was to preserve the work of SVD authors published and unpublished In this he succeeded admirably A priest for 70 years and in religious vows for 75 Father Fisher was ordained to the priesthood in 1945 At the time World War II was ending but the world was far from safe and ordered Many newly ordained missionaries had to wait for assignments overseas Before going to Papua New Guinea then New Guinea in 1948 Father Fisher taught at Divine Word seminaries in Girard Penn and Duxbury Mass His first assignment outside of the United States took him to Marienberg New Guinea on the Sepik River Archbishop Leo Arkfeld SVD then apostolic vicar of Central New Guinea asked him to explore the Wabag Valley in the island s Western Highlands to assess the area for possible new mission sites For more than a quarter of a century Father Fisher lived the life of a bush missionary traveling the mountainous region and resting his head in straw huts while opening parishes and catechetical centers throughout Central Papua New Guinea In 1959 he returned to the United States for his first home leave and began studies at the Summer Institute of Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma Upon returning to New Guinea the following year he was assigned to the mission station at Durima to work among the Enga tribesmen in places like Yampu Sikiro Sari Pina Par and Landor He adopted their lifestyle and even placed a pigpen in front of his parish church to appeal to the Enga whose culture revolved around raising hogs In 1971 during a time when tribal dissent took the form of fights with arrows and spears he became a teacher at Kerowagi High School Kerowagi a small village in the New Guinea Highlands consisted of four stores a tavern an airstrip post office and two schools The Catholic mission sat on one side of the village and a Lutheran mission on the other There he taught business accounting and agriculture to more than 400 students each year In the process he raised pigs chickens cattle and coffee beans and with his own hands built houses for the livestock some out of grass and others of concrete and steel In 1976 his superiors asked him to work as a vocation recruiter in the United States which he did for six years He then returned to Papua New Guinea in 1982 to serve as a vocation director in the Diocese of Wewak and as chaplain on the teaching staff of a public high school In 1990 he was assigned to the Divine Word Institute in Madang where he taught English and served as chaplain In 1992 at age 75 Father Fisher came back to the United States for semi retirement While living at East Troy Wis he developed an extensive catalog of Divine Word publications He recorded interviews with

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  • brother served fellow missionaries Divine Word Brother Louis Gagnon who was known for his dedication and skill in the kitchen passed away on February 4 at age 89 Brother Louis was that good and faithful servant found in Scripture He served as an exemplary brother said Brother Patrick Hogan SVD a classmate and longtime friend I have never heard him speak ill of anyone nor complain or get angry He lived a simple life with very few possessions and was ready and willing to take upon himself any task that the Society of the Divine Word asked of him The son of Joseph and Mary Brown Gagnon Bernard Louis was the name he took when he entered religious life was born in 1926 in Burlington Vt He was one of nine children Being of service to one s fellow man ran in the Gagnon family His father was fire chief of Burlington Young Bernard was a jack of many trades Before entering the Society of the Divine Word he worked as a shipping clerk painter cook sailor and soldier As a teenager he enlisted in the Navy and served as a seaman first class on a battleship in the Pacific during World War II After being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946 he enlisted in the U S Army where he served in Germany until 1953 Inspired by an audience with Pope Pius XII and perhaps the example of two of his brothers a priest in the Diocese of Burlington and another who was a Cistercian brother in Wisconsin Bernard entered the Society of the Divine Word in September 1954 in Conesus N Y He professed religious vows in 1957 Early in his vocation Brother Louis hoped to go to New Guinea as a missionary but his superior requested

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  • trades in Ghana Charged with the task by the local bishop Father Harpel overcame the challenges of sparse resources to establish a technical school that would educate young people who could rival their counterparts in the western world Born to William and Mary Rech Harpel in Glencoe Minn in 1917 Father Harpel was one of eight siblings Inspired by a cousin who was a Divine Word Missionary the young Harpel decided to become a missionary priest at the tender age of 7 He began his education with the Society of the Divine Word in 1931 and professed religious vows in 1939 Ordained at Techny in 1944 Father Harpel s dream of serving in another land temporarily went on hold until the end of World War II Assigned to West Africa in 1947 he made the move to what was then the Gold Coast now known as Ghana the following year Upon arriving in the high grasslands village of Kwahu Tafo he built a simple bush hut as his base and spent a year ministering to the people of the parish and a dozen remote outstations and serving as chaplain to an elementary school and a local clinic staffed by Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters Recognizing his talent the bishop moved him to a more established parish for a few years before sending him to England for three years of teacher training While there the priest earned a certificate of education from St Mary s Training College in Strawberry Hill London and a diploma of education from Loughborough Training College in Loughborough England Returning to Ghana in 1954 Father Harpel taught at St Mary s Training College in Somanya Ghana for two years Then came the bishop s request and Father Harpel set to work building the technical school Armed with mechanical

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  • It all began when Father Connor attended a cocktail party and mentioned to a friend that he admired Dowd That chance comment led to an arranged meeting with the columnist and a conversation about a regular lecture that the priest delivered to students at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton N J where he served as chaplain Following the popularity of An Ideal Husband Father Connor appeared on the Today Show and wrote the book Whom Not to Marry Time Tested Advice from a Higher Authority Hyperion New York NY 2010 Born in Brisbane Australia in 1929 the young Connor was the elder of Herbert and Patricia nee O Brien Connor s two sons After completing his secondary education at Rosalie Ashgrove a Marist run school in Brisbane he worked for the Queensland Trustees A year later in 1949 he began his seminary studies with the Society of the Divine Word The religious order of missionary priests and brothers sent him to the United States for further schooling where he professed religious vows in 1951 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1957 Father Connor s first assignment took him to Indore India where he taught English and served as dean of students at Divine Word University at Palda from 1957 to 1966 In 1966 he was sent to the United States to work on a master s degree in counseling at Fordham University in New York City Upon completing the degree Father Connor and his superiors intended for him to return to India but the Indian government wouldn t grant him a visa due to political conditions Instead he was reassigned to his homeland and for the next 16 years he worked in Australia and the United States He traveled both countries widely to offer retreats and revivals in parishes In addition to his pastoral ministry he worked on behalf of the Vocation Office served as admissions counselor at Divine Word College in Epworth Iowa and for six years edited The Word in the World Assignments for the Society of the Divine Word s annual publication took him to Poland the People s Republic of China and India In 1982 Father Connor became chaplain of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart During his nearly 30 years at the school he co founded the school s Duchesne Center Established in the late 1980s the Duchesne Center nurtured participants spiritual lives and promoted social justice action Father Connor and Sister Lorette Piper a Sacred Heart nun offered prayer retreats Enneagram workshops and evenings of reflection on topics that ranged from racism to the changing roles of women Not only did Father Connor inspire Dowd he also influenced noted Australian public relations practitioner Noel Tennison who in the introduction of his book Life of Every Party wrote My life long friend Patrick Connor SVD converted my exaggerations into simple truths In 2007 a private donor who was moved by one of Father Connor s homilies established

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