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  • priest on four continents died at Techny Ill on Thursday June 16 2011 During his career Father Guidry filled many roles including missionary military chaplain parish priest and poet Ray Guidry had the soul of a poet and the heart of a missionary said Very Rev James Pawlicki SVD provincial superior of the Society of the Divine Word U S Southern Province In a recent email Bishop Terry Steib wrote that Ray is a legend hero and role model He was one of a group of African American men who joined the Society of the Divine Word in the 1940s They are a part of history Born in Abbeville La on July 30 1928 young Guidry was the fourth of Erastus and Anita nee Williams Guidry s seven children At age 21 he professed religious vows with the Society of the Divine Word at Techny In 1957 he was ordained to the priesthood in Bay St Louis Miss In his first assignment he was one of eight African American Divine Word Missionaries working in the Diocese of Accra Ghana West Africa where he served for nine years Father Guidry graduated from Army Chaplain School in Fort Hamilton N Y in 1968 before being sent on a tour of duty in Vietnam for a year During his 20 years as a military chaplain he rose to the rank of major and also was stationed in West Germany and different parts of the United States From 1988 to 1999 he served as a parish priest in Opeloussa La and later worked as a hospital chaplain at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston from 1999 to 2002 A poet and short story writer Father Guidry frequently contributed to Negro Digest a popular African American magazine founded by publishing legend John H

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  • the international congregation of Catholic priests and brothers no longer needed the land for farming the Techny Land Committee transformed it into the commercial and residential leased property that it is today Frank established a new model for the way that religious orders use their land for the good of the Catholic Church and humanity as a whole said Brother Mathew Zemel SVD current president of the Techny Land Corporation and a member of the Techny Land Committee since 1987 Instead of selling the land he encouraged the Society to develop it for long term leasing The income generated by the leased land now supports the missions in the United States and around the world he said His leadership and vision will benefit generations to come Born in LaCrosse Wis in 1920 Francis Kamp was the eighth of John and Martha nee Machunze Kampschroer s nine children He began his studies with the Divine Word Missionaries in 1934 professed vows in 1942 and was ordained to the priesthood at Techny in 1947 In 1949 he officially shortened his last name to Kamp Five decades later the Village of Northbrook honored his work by bestowing his name on a street that runs perpendicular to Waukegan Road After ordination Father Kamp s first assignment took him to East Troy Wis where he taught at the high school seminary and edited Little Missionary magazine In 1952 he returned to Techny where he lived for the rest of his life During his career Father Kamp also served as national publication director in North America as well as director and treasurer of the Mission Office the Society of the Divine Word s arm that raises funds in the United States to help missionaries outside of North America Father Kamp was director until 1982 and treasurer

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  • Robert M Myers SVD died at Techny on Sunday Aug 28 2011 at age 93 Father Myers s foresight and expertise led to the preservation of important records about African American history After establishing the Chicago Province Archives Father Myers identified letters and other vital materials at the Society of the Divine Word s Southern Province headquarters in Bay St Louis Miss These materials include handwritten letters from Saint Katharine Drexel to the Society of the Divine Word correspondence from Saint Arnold Janssen and records regarding the founding of St Augustine the first Roman Catholic seminary in North America to educate African American men for the priesthood and religious life Had Bob not taken measures to preserve and move these files they would have been lost in Hurricane Katrina said Father Raymond Lennon SVD provincial superior of the Eastern Province from 1982 to 1985 and later provincial superior of the Chicago Province for two terms He loved history and devoted the utmost care in safeguarding the history of the Society of the Divine Word in North America In 2008 the Society of the Divine Word honored Father Myers by giving the archives his name Today the Robert M Myers Archives holds thousands of documents photographs publications artifacts and films that bring to life the 116 year old history of the Divine Word Missionaries in North America A native of Sublette Ill and one of five siblings Robert Myers was born to John and Bertha nee Becker Myers in 1917 The young Myers professed vows in 1943 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1949 Early in his life as a priest Father Myers taught at St Mary Seminary in Techny and studied library science at Rosary College in River Forest Ill During the 1960s he lived in St Louis Mo

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  • 82 Father McHenry served as the North American spokesman for the Society of the Divine Word during a series of sea changes that included social unrest during the 1960s the closing of St Mary Seminary at Techny and the founding of Catholic Theological Union the opening of World Alive an interactive exhibit the infancy of the Techny Land Committee and the development of the religious order s Cross cultural Training Program the mission experience required of all Divine Word Missionaries in training He also distinguished himself in the early 1970s as a vocal supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U S Constitution and as an executive committee member of Men for the ERA Other members of the committee included Chicago Mayor Richard J Daley famed Chicago Sun Times columnist Irv Kupcinet Senator Charles Percy Senator Adlai Stevenson and then U S Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois James Thompson In 1973 Father McHenry was the only clergyman in a group of 30 people who appeared before the executive committee of the Illinois House to voice their support of the amendment Born and raised in Philadelphia he was the second of Francis and Mary nee Carroll McHenry s two children The young McHenry professed vows with the Society of the Divine Word in 1948 and was ordained to the priesthood at Techny in 1955 As a young priest he assisted Chinese Cardinal Thomas Tien SVD with English and prepared to go to China Cardinal Tien the first Catholic cardinal not of European descent was living at Techny at the time and planned to return to his homeland However plans changed for both men when Communist Chairman Mao Tse tung closed the country to religious missionaries Instead Father McHenry stayed in the United States and served as an administrator and teacher at Divine Word seminaries in East Troy Wis and Perrysburg Ohio In 1964 he returned to Techny as editor in chief and publisher of Divine Word Publications and director of the Divine Word News Service a position he held until 1983 John fully understood the use of communication to unite people and spread the Good News said Father Edward Peklo SVD a student of Father McHenry and now rector of the Society of the Divine Word s residence in East Troy Wis To the Divine Word Missionaries who studied in North America and served on other continents John provided one of our strongest connections to home He founded WORD usa a newsletter for and about Divine Word Missionaries who had a bond with North America His devotion to regular communication went above and beyond what was expected Twice a year he sent each of us a note one to wish us a happy birthday and the other to congratulate us on our anniversary of vows Father Peklo said Even in the most remote missions we knew that we were not alone In addition to Father McHenry s work in communications he assisted the priests of St Francis de

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  • Leynete Samarnon ethnic group in the Luzon province Seeing a need to safeguard the cultural heritage of the Waray people he volunteered to curate the Leyte Samar Research Center the university s museum When he assumed responsibility for the museum it consisted of a bookcase with two shelves of printed materials on Samar and Leyte He expanded the archival library from 60 publications to 900 and added other media including artifacts clothing music photos stamps and coins After fortifying the collection Father Quetchenbach obtained recognition for the museum as a research institute from the National Science Development Board of the Philippines In addition to his work with the museum Father Quetchenbach also guided Divine Word University Tacloban which is now known as Liceo del Verbo Divino through the accreditation process Born in Rochester N Y in 1929 he was the youngest of Albert and Ida nee Erb Quetchenbach s four children At age 20 he professed religious vows In 1957 he was ordained to the priesthood before embarking on his first assignment in the Philippines where he worked for 21 years From 1957 to 1963 he served as principal of Abra High School When he arrived the school consisted of a Quonset hut and two modest rooms below a rectory By the time he left to become a doctoral candidate and instructor at San Carlos University three large two story buildings comprised the Abra campus Following his successes in the Philippines Father Quetchenbach returned to the United States In 1978 he became president of Divine Word College Epworth America s foremost seminary for future overseas missionaries After four years as college president Father Quetchenbach was called to Rome to serve as secretary general at the Society of the Divine Word world headquarters During his career Father Quetchenbach also was a

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  • Documents Member Directories Member Education Characteristic Dimensions In memoriam 2010 Brother Herman Thomas Joseph 1930 2010 Tailor for God example for urban youth dies at age 80 Known in the Society of the Divine Word for his bright smile and customary greeting Brother Herman Thomas Joseph 80 died Thursday April 15 at Techny Ill Brother Thomas s smile could brighten the bleakest winter day said Rev Mark Weber SVD provincial superior for the Chicago Province He displayed cheerfulness in all that he did from working as a tailor in his early years as a brother to helping urban youth find their talents to making rosaries in his retirement years Brother Thomas always sought to be active even during retirement For six years as a Techny resident he often volunteered to staff the reception desk He welcomed all guests as brothers and sisters and could frequently be heard saying Hello my brother and Hello my sister Born in Belize Central America Brother Thomas was one of Matilda nee Roches and Geraldo Joseph s 14 children The elder Joseph a tailor by trade began teaching his son the business when the boy was only eight years old At age 21 when Brother Thomas began studies with the Society of the Divine Word he already had achieved master tailor status In 1954 he began novitiate in Bay St Louis Miss In 1956 he professed first vows became a member of the Society of the Divine Word and took the name Brother Thomas And in 1962 he professed perpetual vows Brother Thomas s varied career included tailoring administrative work in Conesus N Y and Duxbury Mass and youth ministry in Asbury Park N J and Chicago Ill From 1981 to 1989 he was assigned to St Peter Claver in Asbury Park While there he

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  • Ill Father Gehlen credited divine providence with his life journey which took him from his parents Minnesota farm to the mountains of New Guinea and beyond Elzear Gehlen was born in Glencoe Minn the fourth of Joseph and Catherine nee Willems Gehlen s 11 children He was a grade school student when a Divine Word Missionary visited his school and ignited his desire to become a missionary In 1939 the then 24 year old Gehlen professed first vows In 1944 he became a priest but with World War II raging leaders in the Society of the Divine Word ceased appointments of newly ordained priests to the missions in the South Pacific Instead Father Gehlen took a course at Alexian Brothers Hospital in Chicago on treating tropical diseases such as malaria and skin ulcers His superiors later sent him to Bordentown N J and then Cathedral Parish in Youngstown Ohio In 1947 with the world situation improved he was assigned to Koge New Guinea While there he built a mission church school and other buildings needed for the mission station in the mountainous region He also tamed horses for other missionaries introduced coffee and peanut crops to the region and taught the residents how to rotate crops and saw planks from trees In 1954 Father Gehlen returned to the United States for back surgery after being thrown from a horse Upon his recovery he became assistant pastor at St Elizabeth Chicago s oldest African American parish thus beginning the second stage of his career During the late 1950s Father Gehlen coached the St Elizabeth High School basketball team and led them to two consecutive city championships In 1957 his team went all the way to win the National Invitational Interscholastic Basketball Tournament Later that same year Father Gehlen joined the staff at St Anselm Four years later he became pastor and served the parish until 1977 when he was assigned to St Mark in Venice Ill which lies across the Mississippi River from St Louis After 11 years at St Mark Father Gehlen retired and became priest in residence at St Cecilia in Mount Prospect Ill Joann Harper who graduated from St Anselm and later returned as a teacher met Father Gehlen when she was a second grader He was the tallest man I had ever seen she said of the man who stood 6 feet 4 inches tall He put the fear of God in us she said with a laugh He was a genuine loving person who cared about the kids and the school and the parish Everyone looked up to him and respected him One of Harper s most compelling memories of Father Gehlen dates back to 1968 when riots broke out on Chicago s Southside following the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr Father Gehlen actively brought together the gangs to bring some peace to the neighborhood she said He was a part of the community as well as the parish Dr Dorothy Williams a scholar

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  • M Myers Archives Research Guidelines Holdings Plan a Visit Other Websites Members Intranet Member Documents Member Directories Member Education Characteristic Dimensions In memoriam 2010 Father Gilbert Gawlik 1926 2010 Milwaukee born college president missionary priest served where called Divine Word Father Gilbert Gawlik a leader in seminary education in the United States and the Philippines died Monday June 14 in Techny Ill Born in Milwaukee in 1926 he was the third of Clement and Agnes nee Czarnecki Gawlik s eight children The young Gil Gawlik grew up in St Vincent de Paul and St Josephat parishes and eventually graduated from St Matthew Elementary School In 1947 he became a Divine Word Missionary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1954 The Society of the Divine Word first assigned him to Indonesia but like so many missionaries at the time he could not obtain entry papers Instead he went to the Philippines where he spent much of the next two decades While in the Philippines he taught theology and educational psychology at Mindoro College now known as Divine Word College of Calapan In addition he also served as dean of education for three years and college president for two terms Father Gawlik served his first presidential term from 1961 to 1963 Then he went back to the United States in 1963 to attend Catholic University of America which awarded a master s degree in education to him in 1966 after which he returned to the Philippines and his second term as college president During Father Gawlik s tenure admission at Mindoro College steadily grew In 1977 Father Gawlik once again returned to the United States and became vocation director a job that he did for eight years In 1985 with enrollment declining sharply his religious superiors gave him the responsibility of

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