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  • 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 In memoriam 2010 Father Kenneth Feehan 1931 2010 Missionary educator who worked with New Guinean youths dies in Boston Divine Word Mis sionary Father Kenneth Feehan died Monday July 26 at St Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston at the age of 79 Father Feehan s legacy includes blazing trails in education in New Guinea where he served as the first director of one of the Society of the Divine Word s secondary schools Born in 1931 in Middletown Springs Vt and raised in Lowell Mass Father Feehan was the third of John and Margaret Gallant Feehan s five children He became a Divine Word Missionary in 1951 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1959 In 1961 he earned a master s degree in secondary school administration from the Catholic University of America in Washington D C That same year he began his assignment to New Guinea where he stayed for four decades From 1961 to 1966 Father Feehan served as headmaster of Malala Central Primary School in Alexishafen His superiors then appointed him as the first director of the Divine Word Secondary School in Madang a post that he held for 13 years From 1980 until 1990 Father Feehan did pastoral work in Wewak This work overlapped with his role as the Diocese of Wewak business manager which he performed from 1982 until 1998 In 2001 he returned to the United States and was assigned to Boston While stationed there he assisted at

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  • 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 In memoriam 2010 Father Anthony Hemphill 1931 2010 Divine Word Missionary Appalachian pioneer passes away at Techny Father Anthony Hemphill one of the early Divine Word Missionaries to work in Appalachia died in Techny Ill on Monday August 9 The youngest of Marie nee Scanlon and Charles Hemphill s three children Anthony Hemphill was born in McKee Rocks Penn on July 3 1931 He began studying with the Divine Word Missionaries in Girard Penn in 1944 and professed first vows as a Divine Word Missionary in 1950 In June of 1958 Bishop William O Brien of Chicago ordained Father Hemphill and fellow confreres at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Techny A year later the priest earned a master s degree in social science from Catholic University of America and journeyed to Droitwich Worcestershire England where he taught mathematics and science at St Richard s College in Hadzor for seven years In 1966 he returned to Girard Penn to serve as a vocation director until 1970 when he became a senior vocation director and moved to Bordentown N J Other assignments in the Eastern United States included positions with the Miramar Retreat Center in Massachusetts and St Peter Claver in Asbury Park N J In 1977 Bishop George W Ahr of Trenton chose Father Hemphill as spiritual director for the diocese s Cursillo Movement During the 1970s the bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling Charleston struggled with the priest shortage He appealed to the Society of the Divine Word for help In 1978 Father Hemphill became the third Divine Word Missionary to go to Braxton County

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  • of Joseph and Theresa Marciniak Bures s nine children As a teenager he attended Divine Word Seminary in East Troy Wis Then he pursued his theological studied at St Mary s Seminary at Techny Ill He professed vows as a Divine Word Missionary in 1946 and was ordained to the priesthood in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit in 1953 After a year at St Nicholas in St Louis Mo Father Bures began his first foreign mission assignment in Japan where Christians comprise 2 percent of the population He left Techny on Oct 3 1954 sailed from Seattle on the S S Washington Mail and arrived in Yokohama Harbor on Oct 22 less than ten years after the end of World War II The young priest spent his first two years studying the Japanese language and pastorally serving the men and women of FEAMCOM an American Air Force base at Tachikawa near Tokyo After mastering conversational Japanese Father Bures taught English at Nanzan University in Nagoya for three years and at Nanzan Boys High School in Nagasaki for another three years From 1963 to 1983 he served as an assistant to Bishop John Shojiro Ito of the Niigate Diocese During that time Father Bures was instrumental in helping to build the diocese one church and one convert at a time His correspondence to family and friends in the United States often focused on the individuals who sought his instruction in the Catholic faith He frequently ended those letters by asking the recipients to please pray that they receive the gift of faith Father Bures also was a leader in the Good Shepherd Movement a Catholic social communications project that produced and distributed radio and television programs about the faith At its height the television programs had 1 5 million viewers

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  • Missionary at age 23 He professed first vows at Techny in 1954 and perpetual vows in 1960 in Bay St Louis Miss In 1962 Archbishop John Cody of New Orleans who later served as Cardinal in Chicago ordained the young Artis at St Augustine Seminary in Bay St Louis During the first few years of his priesthood Father Artis studied education at Springhill College in Mobile Ala and at Catholic University of America in Washington D C In 1963 he became assistant pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Lafayette La where he served for five years From 1968 until 1999 he served five parishes as pastor St Paul the Apostle in Baton Rouge La 1968 to 1975 St Mary of the Purification in Houston Texas 1975 1984 Immaculate Heart of Mary in Lafayette La 1984 1986 Holy Cross in Austin Texas 1986 1996 and Holy Ghost Church in Jackson Miss 1996 1999 Over the years Father Artis served on the boards of several civic and religious organizations including the Knights of Peter Claver Houston Metropolitan Ministries the Campaign for Human Development and the Black Catholic Community Concerns Association BCCCA a Catholic community based organization that encouraged Houstonians of all backgrounds to work together to combat urban social problems As a board member of the BCCCA he appeared before the U S House Subcommittee on the Census in 1979 and urged Congress to address the issue of undercounting the urban poor and to support a public education campaign on the importance of accurate census counts He also was the leading proponent for reopening St Mary s Catholic School in Houston and built it into one of the finest schools in the city Our reading program was second to none in the city said Edmund Broussard a parishioner of St Mary of the Purification for more than 50 years We give him full credit When he comes before the Lord they re going to tell them all about that school One of St Mary s high profile parishioners Congressman Mickey Leland counted Father Artis as both a friend and a spiritual advisor He and Mickey Leland were good friends Broussard said Leland who founded the House of Representatives Select Committee on World Hunger is perhaps best remembered for the worldwide attention he brought to famine in Africa in the 1980s Father Artis s support of the less fortunate continued into the autumn of his career In the late 1980s in Texas Father Artis led a coalition of 35 churches called Austin Interfaith a coalition of 35 churches that organized to stop an airport expansion that would displace an estimated 27 000 residents mostly African American families who owned homes in the proposed expansion zone Instead of expansion the group persuaded political leaders to build a new airport in an area that would not require families to move His efforts to uplift people were not confined to the civic and political activities While serving St Paul the Apostle parish in Baton Rouge

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  • of his first day in Papua New Guinea Father Weber who has lived at Techny with Bishop Kalisz for the past six years The Divine Word Missionary who met him in Wewak took him to visit a prison and then to a school where indigenous people were learning Pidgin English so they could serve as liaisons between their villages and the central government Other cultures and people fascinated Ray He cherished his 53 years in Papua New Guinea The Vatican established the Diocese of Wewak in 1952 Bishop Kalisz served as the diocese s second bishop following his friend and mentor Archbishop Leo Arkfeld SVD Born in Melvindale Mich in 1927 Raymond Kalisz was the ninth of John and Agnes nee Ruskewicz Kalisz s 11 children He entered Divine Word Seminary in East Troy Wis in 1941 and became a Divine Word Missionary in 1947 In school he was known for his blazing fastball on the baseball field and his unfailing cheerfulness After completing philosophy and theological studies at St Mary s Seminary at Techny he was ordained to the priesthood in 1954 While awaiting his first overseas missionary assignment then Father Kalisz worked at St Elizabeth one of Chicago s oldest African American parishes In 1955 the Society of the Divine Word assigned the young Kalisz to Indonesia but because of unrest in that country he and others were unable to obtain visas Instead the religious order s leaders sent him to his first choice of missions Papua New Guinea a country made up of more than 600 islands in the South Pacific The main island lies about 100 miles 160 km north of Australia During his first five years on the world s second largest non continental island he worked among the people in the rainforests Of the Torembi parish where he was assigned he once wrote It included all the villages within 20 miles from each bank of the Sepik River The parish included over 50 villages each with a church a school and a catechist That is quite a challenge for any missionary to look after Since the area had no roads the young priest had to travel by foot and canoe For his own organizational purposes he divided his territory into five regions and thought of each region as a circuit It took two weeks to make the circuit walking about ten miles between each of the ten villages of the area he wrote On arrival I would hear confessions say the rosary with the people eat food that the people gave to me and talk with the men in the evening in the haus tambaran spirit house The next day at dawn he would again hear confessions celebrate Mass have breakfast visit the local catechist and school staff and begin that day s journey to the next village It was tough going but I loved it wrote Bishop Kalisz who had a gentle ready smile and a quiet nature In 1958 he accepted the

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  • nations visited which included Bulgaria Czechoslovakia Hungary and Romania For 17 years Archbishop Bukovsky worked on the Eastern European desk of the Vatican Secretariat of State From 1975 to 1990 he made 20 trips to Romania alone to meet with government officials as the Vatican s special East European envoy When the Vatican and Romania restored diplomatic relations after more than 40 years he became the natural choice to lead the effort On Oct 13 1990 Archbishop Bukovsky became archbishop with the title of Titular Archbishop of Tabalta and apostolic nuncio to Romania In this position he reclaimed Vatican property worked closely with the local clergy and reestablished the nuncio building which had been used by the Communists as a prison and torture center The conditions there were still quite different said Father Krosnicki who worked in Washington D C as director of the United States Bishops Liturgy Committee Father Krosnicki recalled one story in which the archbishop wanted to treat a guest to a special meal He asked the residence staff to purchase fish To get the fish they had to stand in line for three hours He was doing missionary work even then Father Krosnicki said After success in Romania Pope John Paul II chose him as papal delegate to shepherd the Catholic Church in post Communist Russia Archbishop Bukovsky assumed his duties as the Vatican representative in Moscow on Dec 20 1994 During his tenure as papal representative the Soviet Union collapsed the Russian Federation came into being and the Duma ratified a constitution that took religious freedom into account On Feb 14 2000 Archbishop Bukovsky adhered to the Church s mandatory retirement regulations and became apostolic nuncio emeritus Born on Jan 18 1924 in Cerova Lieskove Czechoslovakia John Bukovsky was the fourth of Martin and Katerina Slavik Bukovsky s two boys and four girls Archbishop Bukovsky a soft spoken gentleman with a ready smile knew firsthand the sorrow of families torn apart by political unrest In 1939 at age 15 he entered the Society of the Divine Word high school seminary at Nitra Czechoslovakia Recognizing his intellectual abilities the international religious order of missionary priests and brothers sent him to the United States to complete his philosophy and theological education for the priesthood He arrived in Chicago on a cold November day in 1947 filled with hope for the future and a violin case in hand However optimism turned to uncertainty the following February when Communists took control of Czechoslovakia The new government stripped the seminarian of his passport and ordered him home Instead he remained in the United States For five years he was a man without a country Twenty years would pass during which both his father and only brother died before he could return to his homeland He never forgot the kindness of Mayor Richard J Daley Father Weber said The Chicago mayor made arrangements for the seminarian to travel to Canada where he obtained an immigrant s visa which allowed him to

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  • Websites Members Intranet Member Documents Member Directories Member Education Characteristic Dimensions In memoriam 2009 Father Leo Hotze 1916 2009 Missionary priest accomplished administrator dies at Techny Rev Leo Hotze 92 a Divine Word Missionary who served two terms as provincial superior died Sunday Jan 18 2009 at Techny Ill Born in 1916 in Leopold Mo he was the fifth of Bernard and Anne Margaret Steinnerd Hotze s nine children Of the nine children five took religious vows Two siblings entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame and his brothers Alphonse and Clement served as Divine Word Missionaries in Japan and Ghana respectively Father Leo Hotze became a member of the Society of the Divine Word in 1938 and was ordained in 1943 His assignments included teaching math speech music and English at Divine Word seminaries in Epworth Iowa and at Techny At the schools he nurtured the choirs bands and orchestras and enjoyed conducting In the interim Father Hotze also found time for his own studies In 1948 he earned a master s degree in English from the University of Chicago A year later his superiors chose him to establish the Brother Candidate High School and trade programs at Techny the first program developed specifically for boys ages 14 to 18 who wished to become religious brothers During his career Father Hotze served as vocation director from 1951 1958 and 1967 1971 In the 1960s the governing body in Rome twice named him to head the Eastern Province As provincial superior he oversaw territory that spanned from the Province of Quebec through the Eastern seaboard of the United States and included six seminaries and three mission centers Retirement was not a word in Leo Hotze vocabulary said Rev Mark Weber SVD provincial superior of the Society of the Divine Word

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  • Visit Other Websites Members Intranet Member Documents Member Directories Member Education Characteristic Dimensions In memoriam 2009 Father Norman St John 1933 2009 Divine Word Missionary devoted priesthood to people in need Divine Word Missionary Father Norman St John 76 died on Sunday May 10 2009 in Bordentown N J Father St John who served in parishes in Illinois and New Jersey sought creative ways to help his urban parishioners The Chicago Tribune once published an article about a market day sponsored by St Elizabeth Parish on Chicago s South Side the Self Help Action Center and small farmers from Kankakee Ill Father St John was quoted as saying They parishioners and neighbors can shop conveniently closer to home and they know they re getting fresh food They re tired of buying stale stuff in some of the stores He predicted that shoppers could save 30 to 40 percent on their grocery bills The year was 1972 and a dozen farm fresh eggs cost 45 cents Born in 1933 in Utica NY he was the sixth of Windsor and Odila Suprenant St John s seven children After graduating from St Francis de Sales High School in Utica he entered the Divine Word novitiate in 1952 professed religious vows in 1954 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1962 at Techny Ill That same year Father St John earned a licentiate in canon law from the Gregorian University in Rome That degree led to his first assignment at Divine Word College at Techny where he taught canon law and moral theology until 1968 At the year s end Father St John was assigned to St Anselm on Chicago s South Side In 1971 he moved to Chicago s St Sabina and later St Elizabeth the city s oldest African American parish In

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