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  • Robert M Myers Archives Research Guidelines Holdings Plan a Visit Other Websites Members Intranet Member Documents Member Directories Member Education Characteristic Dimensions In memoriam 2009 Father Edward Spike Dudink 1916 2009 First Divine Word Missionary to serve in Kenya dies in Massachusetts Divine Word Missionary Father Edward Spike Dudink 90 died on Monday June 8 in Boston Mass A Chicago native Father Dudink distinguished himself as the first Divine Word Missionary to work in Kenya I first met Spike when I was a novice and later he was my rector at Divine Word Theologate said Rev Mark Weber SVD provincial superior of the Society of the Divine Word s Chicago Province Spike was one of the calmest people I know Born in 1919 he was one of Garrett and Gilda Schuit Dudink s ten children After graduating from St Nicholas Grade School in Chicago the 14 year old Dudink headed north and entered St Mary s Seminary at Techny Ill In 1941 he professed his religious vows and became a Divine Word Missionary After ordination to the priesthood in 1946 Father Dudink worked in education and formation From 1971 to 1976 he served as novice master at Bay St Louis Miss and then accepted an assignment as the first Divine Word Missionary to minister in Kenya In 1979 he returned to Chicago where he became rector of the Divine Word Theologate and later founded a house of prayer in Goroka Papua New Guinea Father Dudink studied education at Marquette University and received a master s degree in guidance and counseling from Catholic University in Washington DC Beginning in 1986 Father Dudink spent his retirement years working as a spiritual director and counselor at Miramar Retreat Center facilitating directed guided and preached retreats A certified handwriting analyst and an avid gardener

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  • Research Guidelines Holdings Plan a Visit Other Websites Members Intranet Member Documents Member Directories Member Education Characteristic Dimensions In memoriam 2009 Father Edwin Daschbach 1938 2009 Missionary priest who devoted life to Appalachia passes away Father Edwin Daschbach SVD the first Divine Word Missionary to be assigned to Appalachia died Saturday Aug 15 2009 in his beloved West Virginia In 1973 Father Daschbach was assigned to West Virginia and spent most of the next 36 years living among and caring for the Appalachian people The West Virginian communities in which the Divine Word Missionaries work are three of the poorest counties in the state and arguably some of the most economically disenfranchised counties in the United States When Father Daschbach went to West Virginia 22 of the state s counties did not have a priest much less a rectory For living quarters Father Daschbach and another Divine Word Missionary priest divided their time between a small un insulated house in the town of Gassaway and a small church in Webster Springs where they had to sleep on church pews The second of George and Beatrice Shimek Daschbach s three children Father Daschbach was born in Pittsburgh Penn on Dec 6 1938 In 1958 after graduating from Divine Word Seminary in Conesus N Y he professed religious vows as a Divine Word Missionary In addition to a bachelor s degree from St Mary s Seminary in Illinois he held a master s degree in religious education from Fordham University in New York Bishop Harold Perry a fellow Divine Word Missionary and the first African American bishop of the 20th century ordained Father Daschbach at Techny in 1966 Following ordination Father Daschbach took up his first assignment teaching religion and music at Divine Word Seminary in Bordentown N J In 1973 Bishop

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  • priesthood in 1954 Father Rudolph became assistant dean at the Brother Candidate High School at Techny Ill where he also taught Latin religion and auto mechanics for two years As a young missionary priest Fred wanted to go overseas said Rev Mark Weber SVD provincial superior of the Society of the Divine Word s Chicago Province However he accepted the superiors decision and made an adventure of administrative work in the States In 1956 he left for Perrysburg Ohio and helped to establish the Society of the Divine Word s tenth seminary in North America Following his success with students at Techny his superiors name him the first dean of students at the new school I m a lifelong fan of Fred Rudolph said George Irish vice president and eastern director of the Hearst Foundations and chairman of the Newspaper Association of America He was my prefect dean at the seminary in Perrysburg He introduced me to both writing and photography Irish said as he recalled that Father Rudolph allowed the students to use his bathroom as a photography darkroom He was a person who had a positive outlook I remember him as a prefect who sometimes had to do battle with the rector over the conduct of the students He was an intercessor on our behalf He has been a lifelong friend In 1961 Father Rudolph began 18 years of work in the vocation offices of Techny and Epworth Iowa During that time he established the Vocation Office at Divine Word College in Epworth and became the Society of the Divine Word s national vocation coordinator for North America In 1977 the National Conference of Religious Vocation Directors of Men honored him with the St Matthew the Apostle Award acknowledging his inspired and tireless efforts to give young men opportunities to discern a religious calling In 1979 Father Rudolph attended Focus on Leadership Ministry Training Services at Loretto Heights College in Denver This education opportunity led to his next pastoral role as spiritual retreat director at Divine Word International which is now Techny Towers Retreat and Conference Center While spiritual retreat director he specialized in retreats for teenagers and young adults Continuing his work with youth Father Rudolph was named rector of Divine Word Theologate in Chicago where he served from 1982 until 1985 He returned to Techny in 1985 to serve as superior delegate for 11 years As superior delegate he managed the activities of Divine Word Missionaries from provinces outside of North America who came to the United States to study He provided for their academic and medical needs Father Rudolph enjoyed outdoor activities including golfing hiking skating swimming and softball In many ways he was fearless In 1941 his parents were surprised when they arrived to visit their 13 year old son and his forehead was bleeding Prior to their arrival he dove into the shallow side of a swimming pool and grazed his head but the incident did not dampen his love of sports At

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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 In memoriam 2009 Father Edward Norton 1919 2009 Distinguished education administrator missionary priest dies Rev Edward Norton 90 a proud Bostonian gifted education administrator and Divine Word Missionary died Thursday Dec 31 at Techny Ill Ed was a great mentor said Rev James Braband SVD who succeeded Father Norton as director of the Office of Education Recruitment and Formation I will always be grateful for his wisdom and guidance and for his willingness to assist me for a number of years after his retirement I will miss his friendship Among his accomplishments as an administrator Father Norton founded a Catholic girls high school in the Philippines and guided Divine Word College in Epworth Iowa through a successful accreditation process Born in 1919 in Medford Mass he was the third of Edward and Mary Walsh Norton s five children In 1940 Father Norton became a member of the Society of the Divine Word and was ordained in 1945 After earning a master s degree from Catholic University in Washington D C he began his first assignment in 1947 at Catholic University in Peking China Barely a year after his arrival the Communist government expelled all Catholic missionaries and Father Norton left for the Philippines While in the Philippines Father Norton worked as an administrator at University of San Carlos Cebu and founded an all girls secondary school He returned to the United States in 1953 and completed a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Chicago In 1967 he returned to his beloved Boston For

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  • artisan The Rev Raymond James Weisenberger 95 a Divine Word Missionary died on Feb 17 2008 at Divine Word Residence in Techny Ill Born in Arcadia Wis on June 23 1912 he entered the seminary at Techny as a high school freshman in September 1926 He went to the seminary at Girard Penn for junior college East Troy Wis for novitiate and then back to Techny for his major seminary studies He professed religious vows in 1934 and was ordained to the priesthood on Aug 13 1938 Father Weisenberger spent nearly his entire priestly life in seminary administration He was the rector at Divine Word seminaries in Conesus N Y Girard Perrysburg Ohio and East Troy He was provincial superior of the U S Eastern Province from 1955 to 1961 From 1967 to 2007 he was stationed at East Troy first as rector then as business manager and finally in retirement In addition to his administrative duties he was a music teacher and an accomplished woodworker and artist The tables and chairs he made are treasured as are his paintings Even in his 80s and early 90s he remained active and continued to say Mass and provide pastoral service as needed at several parishes in southeastern Wisconsin Many former students fondly remembered Fr Weisenberger One former student said I always appreciated Father Weisenberger s outlook on life He was a good soldier and did everything his superiors asked of him even if it meant never going to the missions overseas He fulfilled his calling exactly as our dear Lord intended and made quite an impact on hundreds of starry eyed teenagers Another former student wrote The death of Father Ray touched me deeply His death is a big loss for all of us He was indeed a great artist and

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  • 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 In memoriam 2008 Father Matthias Lunzer 1916 2008 The Rev Matthias Lunzer 91 a Divine Word Missionary died on March 18 at Divine Word Residence in Techny Ill Born in Minneapolis on Aug 25 1916 he entered St Paul High School Seminary in Epworth Iowa in 1932 He professed religious vows in 1940 and was ordained to the priesthood on Aug 15 1945 In 1948 Father Lunzer was assigned as a missionary to New Guinea He and several other classmates were sent there to take the place of the priests who had been killed during World War II Father Lunzer remained in New Guinea which later became Papua New Guinea for 54 years For much of that time his mission territory encompassed numerous small villages where the people lived a rather primitive existence in grass huts with no modern conveniences His treks through swamps jungles and mountains took a heavy toll as he went from place to place teaching and administering the sacraments He suffered many occurrences of malaria As one fellow missionary stated He took the most difficult assignments but never uttered a word of complaint When his health began to deteriorate he returned to Techny in February 2002 where he spent the final six years of his life Father Lunzer was the

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  • 2008 Father William Willie Hegarty 1937 2008 Divine Word Missionary from Ireland made his parish his home Rev William Willie Hegarty 71 a Divine Word Missionary stationed at Techny Ill died on April 25 2008 at Evanston Hospital after battling multiple illnesses for the past several years He was born in County Galway Ireland on Jan 31 1937 He completed his high school novitiate and college programs at Divine Word seminaries in England and Ireland In 1962 he came to the United States where he studied theology at St Mary s Seminary in Techny prior to his ordination to the Catholic priesthood on Jan 7 1967 He requested to work among African American Catholics in the United States and served for 35 years as an associate pastor and pastor in several urban parishes He ministered at St Elizabeth and St Anselm parishes on Chicago s south side and also at parishes in Indianapolis Ind and the Diocese of Trenton N J He was a much beloved kindly caring pastor known for being present with his people At his wake service attended by many people from St Anselm s parish where he had been pastor from 1995 to 2002 and associate pastor from 1969 to 1977 and 1982 to 1985 several people testified to the way he had been there for them in their time of need and how he walked with them when a loved one died Among the mourners was a 100 year old woman who said that Father Willie was all heart From 2002 until his death Father Hegarty was the assistant novice director at Techny where he provided spiritual direction to young men entering the Society of the Divine Word Although afflicted with a weak heart that required several surgeries and leukemia which sapped his strength in

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  • 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 In memoriam 2008 Father Joseph H Gunning 1913 2008 Priest who advocated for African Americans enters eternal rest The Rev Joseph H Gunning 94 a Divine Word Missionary and a champion for social justice died Wednesday April 30 2008 in Techny Ill The fourth of Joseph and Alice Mary nee Smith Gunning s ten children the future Father Gunning grew up in Saugus Mass and attended Sacred Heart Parish in Lynn Mass As a youth he studied at public schools in Lynn Before becoming a priest Father Gunning worked in a factory for five years A meeting with Father Hugo Aubrey a Divine Word Missionary changed his life In the 1930s when many young men entered the Divine Word seminary in their teens Father Aubrey appealed to older men to consider the priesthood On Oct 1 1936 Father Gunning became the first man to respond to Father Aubrey s call and entered St Michael s minor seminary in Conesus NY In June 1942 at Techny he professed his religious vows as a member of the Society of the Divine Word In 1947 at age 34 he was ordained by Most Rev William O Brien auxiliary bishop of Chicago at St Mary s Seminary in Techny Following ordination Father Gunning returned to the East Coast and served as vocation director and prefect of students at Divine Word seminaries first in

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