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  • in 1923 in Lake Charles La In 1939 he entered the Society of the Divine Word and attended St Augustine in Bay St Louis Miss After ordination he remained at St Augustine the first seminary to educate African American men for the priesthood In 1944 he professed religious vows and was ordained to the priesthood in 1951 In addition to a bachelor s degree from St Augustine Bishop Olivier also held a master s degree in Education from The Catholic University of America in Washington D C From 1952 to 1967 he was dean of students followed by terms as rector from 1967 to 1973 During the next nine years he was secretary for Education and Formation in the United States and served as rector at Divine Word College in Epworth Iowa Bishop Olivier always put people first said Father Thomas Ascheman SVD provincial superior of the Chicago Province of which the bishop was a member He wanted them to know God s gift of the Mass and he believed that if they shared in the Eucharist they would be hungry for an ever closer relationship with Christ The bishop encouraged people to call him and included his office phone number in an article in the Washington archdiocesan newspaper He was a bishop of the people Personally what I will most remember about Bishop Len was his wonderful kind and welcoming smile For his first pastorate then Father Olivier went to St Anthony in Lafayette La at which time he became vicar for Black Catholics in the Diocese of Lafayette La In 1988 he became an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington D C and the fifth Divine Word Missionary to be ordained a bishop in the United States As bishop he oversaw the region of the District of

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  • Techny Father Charles Scanlon a longtime missionary in the Philippines passed away at Techny Ill on Wednesday April 3 a few weeks shy of his 86th birthday Father Scanlon who spent much of his priesthood working in education and formation served more than four decades as a missionary in the Philippines teaching in Divine Word schools and colleges in the regions of Tagbilaran Bohol Tacloban Leyte and Vigan and as chaplain of St Therese Chapel at the University of the Philippines Los Baños in Laguna Philippines In 1955 Father Scanlon who studied in Girard Penn and Techny Ill received his mission cross from Cardinal Thomas Tien SVD a week before departing for the Philippines Father Scanlon returned to the United States in 1967 to serve as vocations director for the Midwest a position he held until 1970 when he went back to the Philippines where he completed his years as a full time missionary Last year he celebrated 65 years in religious vows He loved the Philippines said Father Thomas Ascheman SVD provincial superior of the Society of the Divine Word Chicago Province Having grown up in a large Irish family during the Great Depression Chuck s family like many families during that era financially struggled Because of his childhood he wholeheartedly related to the people whom he served In addition to providing education and pastoral care Father Scanlon also was involved in social services such as delivering food to the needy In his letters home he wrote of the harsh weather economic poverty oppression of the Marcos regime and tuberculosis that plagued the community At one point in his teaching career during the 1960s he was using a set of encyclopedias that was so old that the term airplane was not in it For a time he worked in

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  • Boykins Jr who served as a missionary in Ghana and as provincial superior of the Society of the Divine Word U S Southern Province died at age 80 on Aug 8 at Techny Ill Charlie had a knowledge and appreciation of not only African American history but also African history said Father Quang Duc Dinh SVD rector of the Divine Word Residence at Techny where Father Boykins had lived since 2006 He was present for many historical events of recent times Father Dinh said He worked with Bishop Harold Perry SVD auxiliary bishop of New Orleans and the first African American bishop He served in Ghana when the country was newly independent and he was pastor of St Mary in Vicksburg Miss the Society of the Divine Word s first African American parish when the community celebrated its centennial in 2006 Ordained in 1965 Father Boykins worked at Our Lady of the Gardens in Chicago before being transferred to the country of Ghana in West Africa where he ministered for two decades During his first five years in Ghana he worked among the Ewe people and cared for a rural church with 15 small mission churches and 14 Catholic schools on the Volta River In 1971 his superiors named him novice director and he spent a year studying at St Louis University before undertaking his new duties at the novitiate in Nkwatia Kwahu Ghana from 1972 to 1980 Also in 1971 Father Boykins participated in the consecration Mass of Archbishop Dominic Kodwo Andoh Ghana s first native born bishop Bishop Andoh who became an archbishop 13 years later when the Diocese of Accra became an archdiocese later called Father Boykins to Accra the capital of Ghana to work at the cathedral and in the diocesan business office When Father Boykins

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  • Brother Robert Zalikowski 1939 2013 Kindhearted Divine Word brother dies in peace Divine Word Brother Robert Bob Zalikowski SVD 73 passed away at Techny on Sunday Sept 8 after serving the Catholic Church as a missionary for 52 years Father James Braband SVD who presided and preached at Brother Bob s funeral Mass noted that he was called to eternal life on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the 138th anniversary of the founding of the Society of the Divine Word It was a fitting day because to Bob being a Divine Word brother was the greatest calling he could have Father Braband said I never saw him display anger bitterness or self pity He may have never baptized anyone but he anointed many souls with his humility kindness good cheer and willingness to help anyone at any time Bob Zalikowski was born to Anna nee Skotarczak and Frank Zalikowski in Buffalo N Y in 1939 As a youth he studied at Divine Word Seminary in Conesus N Y After professing perpetual vows in 1967 he remained at Conesus for his first assignment Three years later he was appointed to Miramar in Duxbury Mass to take care of the building and the grounds From 1973 to 1986 Brother Bob worked in maintenance and food service at the Divine Word Seminary at Bordentown N J For nine years he was assigned to the Divine Word community in Washington D C where he served as assistant office manager a reading tutor at Sacred Heart Adult Education Center and vice rector In 1997 the Society of the Divine Word sent him to the U S Western Province where he worked at the Divine Word Retreat Center in Riverside Calif He later lived in the Divine Word community at

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  • the marriage of six of the children and served as godfather to their son John Paul He loved to eat I m not a good cook but he made me feel like I was she said in an Irish brogue And he never forgot Mother s Day He was a wonderful kind person Nor did he forget patients in hospitals Anybody who was in the hospital he d go to visit every weekend said Pat McKenna past president of the Shamrock American Club which meets at the Irish American Heritage Center on Chicago s North Side Sometimes he d spend his whole weekend at hospitals In 1992 McKenna s own son was hospitalized for three weeks Father Donaghey visited every morning and spent 30 minutes to an hour with him every day the Irishman said John James Francis Donaghey was born in Charlestown Mass on June 2 1928 the first of Fanny Anne nee Canney and Hugh Donaghey s two sons His parents had emigrated from Donegal Ireland before he was born but the family kept close ties to their homeland The young Donaghey entered the Society of the Divine Word seminary at Miramar in Duxbury Mass in 1941 and professed religious vows six years later In 1954 he was ordained to the priesthood at Techny Immediately following ordination Father Donaghey went to Rome to continue his education He completed his master s degree and doctorate in philosophy from the Gregorian University and defended his dissertation summa cum laude In 1959 he returned to the United States and taught philosophy and theology as an associate professor at Divine Word Seminary at Techny He later held faculty and administrative positions at other Divine Word schools in Conesus N Y and Epworth Iowa From 1970 to 1979 Father Donaghey served three terms as provincial superior of the Society of the Divine Word Northern Province At the time the province extended from Montana to Ohio and from the U S Canadian border to Missouri In 1980 he became vice president of Academic Affairs at Divine Word College in Epworth Iowa The following year he moved into the office of college president a position he held for six years His leadership is still commemorated through the annual Donaghey Award which Divine Word College gives in recognition of long standing service to the school John had a great gift for developing administrative practices policies guidebooks and handbooks said Father James Bergin SVD For his religious congregation Father Donaghey developed the Handbook for SVD Superiors a detailed 435 page book of procedures for every aspect of religious community administration The handbook continues to be used worldwide today He also produced the 1980 administrative handbook for Fu Jen University in New Taipei City Taiwan He even had an impact on the Roman Catholic seminary in St Petersburg Russia Father Donaghey s professional experience led Archbishop John Bukovsky SVD Vatican ambassador to Federated Russia to rely on him for the administrative and formation handbook for a major seminary

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  • Chicago Province No matter what challenges he faced Joe met them with a joyful heart Brother Mat Zemel SVD recalled Brother Joe s remarkable calmness We brothers were in chapel at Conesus N Y on a Thursday the regular day for our weekly confessions when the back door of the chapel opened Joe came in and genuflected very slowly and in a soft voice said The pig barn is on fire and I called the fire department Then he proceeded to genuflect very slowly again and went out the same door he came in Perhaps that calm demeanor came from having grown up in a town that knew daily dangers and great tragedy The young John Edward Hornjak later changed to Hornek came to the United States as a child with his parents Born in Hlboké Czechoslovakia now Slovakia in 1917 and raised in West Virginia he was the second of John and Suzanna nee Ganzel Hornjak s six children The future brother grew up in Benwood W Vir a coal mining town on the Ohio River Benwood is known in West Virginia for two mining disasters one in 1924 that killed 119 men and another in 1942 in which five men perished After graduating from Center Benwood Public School and attending Union High School for two years young John Hornek went to work for Wheeling Steel Corporation For nine years he worked in the steel factory In November 1942 he enlisted in the U S Army to fight in World War II The following August his unit was sent to the European front At one stage in France his commanding officer sent him to another camp but en route he became lost He was missing for 114 days and believed to have gone absent without leave However he eventually

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  • as one of the first Divine Word Missionaries in Jamaica and helped to rebuild the island of Montserrat after Hurricane Hugo In whatever Ed was asked to do administrative work vocations or parish ministry he pursued it with enthusiasm attention to detail and innovation said Very Rev Thomas Ascheman SVD provincial superior of the Society of the Divine Word Chicago Province Upon his death we received responses from people in Japan Indonesia Italy Spain Colombia Ghana Taiwan Jamaica Ireland and the Philippines Through his work as a priest he touched countless lives and hearts During a one year working sabbatical from his duties at an Iowa seminary college in 1980 Father Herberger grew to love the islands and their people He returned to the Caribbean in 1985 to serve the people of St Thomas civil parish Jamaica s most economically depressed region During the next 22 years he also worked in Montserrat Antigua St Kitts and Anguilla where he was pastor of St Gerard for ten years Perhaps no assignment tested his determination and perseverance like Montserrat In September 1989 Hurricane Hugo devastated the tiny island The Category 4 storm left 17 people dead more than 100 million in property damage and 90 percent of residents without homes The losses at the Catholic parish were great and included the new building for the island s only Catholic school the historic St Augustine School The roof of the old stone St Patrick Church blew off and the rectory was so damaged that Father Herberger had to sleep in what had been a storage room The parish hall and catechetical center which had been completed 18 months earlier suffered structural and roof damage But after two weeks of clearing debris they resumed classes at St Augustine and provided hot lunch for the children for the next five months while many homes on the island were without electricity In addition to funds from Catholic Relief Services and Caritas Father Herberger raised 100 000 for home repairs He helped to establish a repayment agreement that mirrored that of the St Vincent de Paul Society by which the recipients would repay the money if and when they could That money went into a relief fund for future recipients who suffered from other natural disasters either on Montserrat or other Caribbean islands Montserratians drew upon those funds after one of Montserrat s three volcanoes became active in the 1990s destroyed two thirds of the island and obliterated the country s economy Born in East Amherst N Y in 1932 he was the eldest child of Edward and Marie Popp Herberger and oldest sibling to two sisters and six brothers He professed religious vows in 1952 and was ordained to the priesthood at Techny in 1960 After ordination Father Herberger moved to Rome for a year to study at the Pontifical Gregorian University In addition to Father Herberger s work in the Caribbean his assignments included serving as assistant treasurer spiritual director for junior brothers and director

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  • Gootee SVD who worked with the elder priest in Timor an island that is now in southern Indonesia He had firsthand experience of World War II the Communist infiltration of West Timor and the racial tension that marked the southern United States in the 1960s Born in Amersfoort Netherlands in 1915 Father Kersten was the eldest of Johannes and Geertruida nee Van Amersfoort Kersten s 10 children He began his studies with the Divine Word Missionaries in 1927 professed vows in 1936 and was ordained to the priesthood in August 1940 four months after the Nazis invaded the Netherlands Unable to go abroad because of the war he was assigned as a chaplain for a Dutch teachers training college where he taught religion for six years As soon as travel for missionaries was restored in 1946 the Society of the Divine Word sent him to Kupang on the western edge of Timor To reach the nearest fellow priest he had to drive eight hours by Jeep About 400 miles north of Australia Timor was then part of the Dutch East Indies He was a methodical missionary in the forefront of everything All by himself he laid the foundation of the area which is now the Archdiocese of Kupang Father Gootee once wrote of his mentor Singlehandedly he budgeted his time moving through a vast area leaving books for catechists confronting marriage problems with his pen and last of all brave to the extent of sacrificing himself for a confrere In 1958 Father Kersten came to the aid of a priest whom the Communist military suspected of political activities on behalf of the Dutch While Father Kersten was trying to secure safe passage out of the country for the man the priest escaped leaving Father Kersten in the lurch A Communist

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