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  • superior of the Chicago Province A quiet and keen listener he devoted the last years of his life to prayer and listening to his fellow man He had a joyful presence that everyone wanted to be around The best part of George s legacy is the humble way that he touched people s lives Year round Father Heffner received holiday cards and wedding announcements from former parishioners who benefited from his pastoral care during his four decades as a pastor in African American parishes in Mississippi and Louisiana Even though he was born and raised in northern Ohio staff at Divine Word Residence at Techny described him as a Southern gentleman who emanated class loved sweet potato pie typed correspondence on an old fashioned typewriter and kept a precise schedule until the day before he died He was so punctual that we could set our clocks by him noted some members of the Techny community Every morning when he entered the dining room for breakfast he d set his Bible in the same place After breakfast he d pick up his Bible and return to his room to pray listen to classical music on WFMT or boot up the computer to follow the pope Born in Ottawa Ohio in 1926 George Heffner was the third of Earl and Agnes nee Wangler Heffner s five children A graduate of Findlay Senior High School the young man worked as a stock clerk and railway freight typist before joining the Society of the Divine Word in 1944 For two years he studied in Epworth Iowa and spent another six years at St Augustine Seminary in Bay St Louis Miss to complete his seminary schooling Father Heffner professed vows at Techny in 1949 and was ordained to the priesthood in Bay St Louis in

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  • English master of many talents leaves legacy of learning Educator artist and missionary priest Father Paul G LaForge SVD 84 died on March 27 in Dubuque Iowa Father Paul thrived in the educational environment said Father Thang Cao Hoang SVD rector of the Society of the Divine Word s community in Epworth Iowa Lifelong learning was a way of life for him During his 14 years at Divine Word College he was both a teacher and a learner As a teacher he imparted knowledge and wisdom through words and deeds Ordained as a Divine Word Missionary priest in 1958 Father LaForge s first assignment took him to Japan where he served as a missionary for four decades He began his academic career at Nanzan Junior High for Boys in Nagoya Japan where he taught English for five years before moving back to the United States to earn a graduate degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Upon completing that degree he enrolled in the University of Michigan to pursue a master s degree in Education with an emphasis on English as a Second Language ESL He then returned to Nagoya to teach English at Nanzan Senior High for Boys Beginning in 1973 Father LaForge taught in the English Department of Nanzan Junior College rising up the ranks from lecturer to assistant professor to professor He also served as director of the Yohanekan a dormitory for men at Nanzan University In 1989 he assumed a professorship in English at Nanzan University where he taught until 2001 when he reached age 70 mandatory retirement age in Japan Father LaForge then moved to Divine Word College at Epworth where he taught spirituality and ESL classes Born in Detroit Mich in 1930 he was one of Leo and Helen nee Cassidy LaForge s

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  • of 81 He touched many people s lives said Father Martin Padovani SVD one of Father Butler s longtime friends People flocked to his healing Masses They would call and ask him to pray over the sick He also was very active in Discovery Ministries a youth movement founded by Monsignor Michael Mannion that encouraged parental involvement and offered retreats and renewal programs for teenagers He appreciated their energy enthusiasm and curiosity In addition to Father Butler s work with youth he also spoke on behalf of those without a voice particularly the economically disenfranchised and the socially marginalized He was a great advocate of the poor added Father Padovani who will be celebrant and homilist at Father Butler s funeral Mass in New Jersey Having grown up in the Caribbean he had a unique perspective on race relations in the United States Father Butler once told an audience at a panel discussion about race relations that he hadn t realized that racial tension existed until he was told to go to the back of the bus in New Orleans in the mid 1950s He took that experience and contrasted it with having grown up with no racial division and put them to good use as the first Black person named to the Trenton Diocese s Social Concerns Board He saw the youth as the best hope for change To that end he founded a community action program in Trenton N J that gave the teens work experience a chance to learn about money management and extra money for tuition and school clothes Born on the island of Dominica in 1933 the young Butler was the sixth of Constance nee Etiénne and Everard Butler s seven children As a teenager he moved to the United States and entered the Society of the Divine Word s St Augustine Seminary in Bay St Louis Miss In 1955 he professed religious vows In 1964 he completed his philosophy and theology at Divine Word Seminary at Techny and was ordained to the priesthood As a newly ordained priest he was assigned to St Elizabeth in Chicago an African American parish with a long and distinguished history In 1968 Father Butler joined Father George Clements a respected activist in Chicago and five other priests in signing a groundbreaking position paper on the situation of Black Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago After being assigned to New Jersey in the late 1970s he served as pastor of Our Lady of Divine Shepherd now Blessed Sacrament Our Lady of the Divine Shepherd in Trenton but perhaps his most cherished work was in youth ministry Father Butler was an educator at Divine Word schools in Ohio Illinois and New Jersey It was in New Jersey that his friend Father Martin Padovani suggested that he consider a part time position with Holy Cross High School in Delran N J Eventually that part time job became a full time position as student counselor and chaplain a role that he held

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  • a missionary was at the core of John s being said Brother Patrick Hogan SVD rector of the Divine Word Residence in Bordentown N J He moved to Bordentown four years ago so that he could remain active during retirement John regularly celebrated Mass for the Poor Clare Sisters in Chesterfield N J who live nearby and he was a vibrant member of our community After 46 years in the Philippines Father McSherry returned to the United States in 2009 and spent a few months at the provincial headquarters at Techny Ill discerning his next step before moving to Bordentown Born in Buffalo N Y in 1933 John Patrick McSherry was the second of Florence nee Moore and Patrick McSherry s three children His elder brother Kevin died at age two shortly before John Patrick s birth Their mother born in New Brunswick Canada was the daughter of a Canadian soldier their father emigrated from Northern Ireland The young McSherry considered himself an immigrant kid In an interview he once spoke about being named after his grandfather and godfather I appreciate that because I already have my name on the gravestone he said It s a root It s a support You grab onto something because growing up as an immigrant kid you kind of lose your roots You spend a lot of time looking for your roots If he was looking for roots as a young priest he found them in Occidental Mindoro in the Philippines It s a rugged place said Father McSherry who cherished swimming daily and riding his motorcycle in the open air These people do not welcome entrance into the modern world They want to keep their customs and not be spoiled by modernization They are a beautiful people The young McSherry professed religious vows

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  • globe After ordination to the priesthood in 1960 he journeyed to India for his first assignment I am proud to say that the Sambalpur Mission gratefully acknowledges the invaluable service total dedication and undivided love of Father John for the tribals the indigenous people of Gangpur Mission said Most Rev John Barwa SVD archbishop of Cuttack Bhubaneswar in eastern India It is due to the untiring efforts of great missionaries like Father John that Sambalpur Mission grew in leaps and bounds and has become a great missionary sending region During his seven years as a missionary in India Father Shevlin worked as a high school principal minor seminary director and pastor His parish in Kantapali in the Indian state of Orissa included 42 villages and encompassed an area about the size of Holland He also directed the minor seminary in the Diocese of Sambalpur and served as headmaster at Hamirpur High School a school with 450 students in Rourkela India In 1969 he moved to the Watts District of Los Angeles to teach reading and religion to students at Verbum Dei High School Eight years later he joined the staff at the SVD seminary in Riverside Calif He also worked in parish ministry in Hawaii and Southern California A prolific author he wrote several books and booklets In 1980 the Daughters of St Paul published Formulas of the Kingdom which outlined a novel approach to seeking holiness In 1992 the Los Angeles Rams football team partially funded A World United a book of poetry that drew inspiration from Father Shevlin s travels through Ghana India Indonesia the Philippines and Japan In 2010 Oregon Catholic Press included his Christmas hymn Joseph s Song in the children s songbook Rise Up and Sing He also published Planetearth Road Peace Song which is

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  • A practitioner of organic farming he oversaw the establishment of Divine Word Farms in Iowa that helps to raise funds for the missions outside of North America Brother Dennis was responsible for four farms three in Iowa and one in Nebraska including an experimental farm on which the Divine Word Missionaries teach missionaries from outside the United States how to produce agriculture without the use of pesticides and other chemicals He implemented this program in order to help communities learn how to grow produce and raise livestock locally thus saving transportation resources and diminishing the carbon footprint Along with leading a national non profit organization he was an advocate for the homeless In 2001 he received Volunteer of the Year from Chicago s Residents for Effective Shelter Transitions REST which provides shelter and food for the city s homeless He served on the board of directors for Two Lil Fishes a meal program for the homeless in Chicago and Leading India s Future Today LIFT a non profit organization dedicated to developing leadership excellence among youth in Tamil Nadu India Prior to becoming Mission Center director Brother Dennis served as vice provincial of the Chicago Province which extends from Canada to the West Indies and from Nebraska to Massachusetts and as vocations director guiding young men as they considered becoming priests or brothers Early in his career he taught at Nanzan High School in Nagoya Japan and Holy Rosary Institute in Lafayette La and served on the pastoral staff at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Lafayette He also held several leadership roles in the Society of the Divine Word U S Southern Province including provincial treasurer director of Brother Formation and retreat center director Dennis Newton was born in Waterloo Iowa in 1951 He was one of Rita Fischels and

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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 2014 Brother Cyril Gerald Schroeder 1913 2014 Kindness characterized Divine Word brother s ways Divine Word Brother Cyril Gerald Schroeder Techny s longest continual resident passed away on April 15 at age 101 Brother Cyril who professed vows in 1933 lived most of his adult life at Techny His parents came from the Midwest but he was born when his mother was visiting her sister in Viscount Saskatchewan Canada The son of Irene Schroeder and Roman Fischer Gerald Albert Schroeder spent most of his youth in Wisconsin In 1927 after completing his freshman year at Jefferson High School in Jefferson Wis he entered the Brother Candidates School at Techny Ill In later years he fondly recalled the days when hundreds of priests brothers and students lived at Techny then known as St Mary s Seminary In the summertime they d play tennis on the grounds Occasionally they would gather a group for baseball He began working in the print shop at Mission Press at Techny when he was 15 years old He worked in the Composing Room as a linotype operator During those years he helped to produce Christian Family magazine Little Missionary magazine almanacs calendars and other publications After a quarter of a century as a typesetter he suffered from lead poisoning having been exposed to the print shop s hot lead fumes for so many years However health issues did not stop him He learned a new trade For the next two decades Brother Cyril served as a tailor He sewed garments for members of Divine Word communities in Epworth Iowa Lake Gogebic Mich and Techny In 1971 he traded his sewing

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  • God Although Father Joseph Minh 56 was a youth when he recognized his call to the priesthood he wasn t ordained to the priesthood until age 53 Born in Thu Ðuc Vietnam Father Joseph Minh was the fourth child of Joseph Nguyen Van Dong and Anna Luong Thi Mau s ten children As a teenager in the early 1970s he attended a Salesian seminary However when the Communists took control of his home country the government confiscated the seminary They imprisoned the seminarians in 1978 Nine years later officials put him in jail a second time because of his Catholic faith Despite the setbacks Father Joseph Minh professed perpetual vows with the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1984 Because of his refusal to join the army the Vietnamese government thwarted his ordination to the priesthood He then decided that the only way to become a priest was to escape the situation He continued to work with the pastor of a small parish in Vietnam until an anonymous parishioner gave 1 000 for his escape In 1990 he embarked upon a boat in the cover of night He and fellow passengers drifted at sea for two weeks encountering turbulent storms and Malaysian pirates They landed in Indonesia where he lived in the Galang Refugee Camp for four years Father Joseph Minh immigrated to California in 1994 and eventually learned English and earned a bachelor s degree in electronics Before joining the Divine Word Missionaries he worked in a test lab for a digital camera company in San Jose Calif and served the Church through music ministry An accomplished musician he played guitar clarinet flute violin saxophone pipe organ piano and drums He was actively involved with the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Association in Vietnam and the United States In 2002 he happened

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