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  • 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 John Wald 1915 2008 Educator and missionary left mark on Pacific nation The Rev John Wald 92 a Divine Word Missionary and a pioneer in Papua New Guinea s education system died Wednesday May 22 in Techny Ill John Wald contributed to the well being of a nation said Rev Mark Weber SVD provincial of the Society of the Divine Word s Chicago Province He went to New Guinea at a time when the people sought independence from Great Britain and he helped them build schools that educated future Church and civic leaders One of 12 children born to Ann Marie and Michael Wald of Karlsruhe N D Father Wald was a teenager when he decided to leave the family farm and join the seminary In 1930 he entered the Society of the Divine Word at Techny After completing his pastoral studies and being ordained to the priesthood in 1943 he went to Australia for a year before heading to New Guinea which later became Papua New Guinea where he spent most of the next 57 years In a brief recounting of his life Father Wald wrote about the conditions on the island in September 1945 In New Guinea everything had been destroyed by the battles of World War II so we started from scratch But the people were still there along the north coast where there were many mission stations before the war Life was hard and primitive but we were young and ready for anything After eight years as a bush missionary in

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  • July 4 2008 in Techny Ill Although he accomplished much behind a printing press Father Swift then known as Brother Matthew was the front page subject of the local newspaper in Tsingtao China on Christmas Day 1950 Born in 1915 to Thomas and Mary Swift of New Richland Minn Father Swift began studying with the Society of the Divine Word in 1936 and professed vows in 1938 taking the name Brother Matthew For nine years he worked as a printing pressman at Divine Word Mission Press at Techny In 1947 his superiors chose him to manage the Catholic press of the Bishop of Tsingtao a large operation that printed materials in eight languages employed 25 Chinese laymen and produced not only Catholic literature but also commercial pieces for shippers local businesses and the U S military After three years on assignment in China Father Swift became known as the missionary who defied the Communists by refusing to publish passages of a textbook that contradicted the Catholic faith For that act he spent almost three years in a Communist jail While in prison his captors held him in handcuffs for two months and in solitary confinement for nine Daily he ate two meals of steamed corn bread boiled cabbage and hot water and slept on the floor In a chapter in Why I Became a Brother edited by Father George L Kane Westminster Mary The Newman Press 1954 Father Swift wrote about his captivity and a condition of release delivered by a Communist judge This condition of giving up the brotherhood was laid down after two years of continually studying communist propaganda two years without the sacraments I thought it about time to comply with the judge s orders and do as I was told So I composed a note telling

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  • 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 Antoine Németh 1928 2008 Quiet scholar leaves a legacy as a teacher and priest The Rev Antoine Németh SVD 79 a Divine Word Missionary and a scholar in the Chicago Province died Aug 7 2008 in Granby Province of Québec Canada For many years Father Németh gave comfort and pastoral care to German speaking Catholics in the Province of Québec including Hungarian emigrants displaced by the 1956 rebellion said Rev Marcel Barsalou SVD longtime district superior of Canada who described his teacher and friend as a shy man Born to István and Maria Németh in Vizvár Hungary in 1928 Father Németh became affiliated with the Society of the Divine Word SVD at age 12 when he attended school in Budatétény Hungary In 1946 he professed his first vows as an SVD in Köszeg Hungary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1953 in St Augustin Germany In 1955 Father Németh began teaching at the Séminaire du Verbe Divin in Granby Canada Father Barsalou was a student in Father Németh s biology class that year He prepared his lectures very well and helped students discover things on their own Father Barsalou said He made students think for themselves Father Németh also shared his love for Our Lady of Fatima and soccer which he played into his 60s Father Barsalou recalled many occasions on which Father Németh who served as the school s chaplain prayed with students in

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  • on he was full power whereas the rest of us work more like wind up toys said Rev Mark Weber SVD provincial of the Society of the Divine Word s Chicago Province Rog had an incredible energy and enthusiasm and he threw himself into whatever he was doing whether that was cutting grass reading a new book or giving a talk or homily he said This enthusiasm drove him to understand things and gave him an ability to make connections and integrate apparently unrelated things into a unified whole Born in Pittsburgh Pa in 1933 to Simon and Teresa nee Brandl Arnold he was the eldest of five children In 1947 he entered the SVD high school seminary in Girard Pa and professed first vows with the Society of the Divine Word SVD in 1953 In 1955 he graduated from Divine Word College in Epworth Ia attended St Mary Seminary at Techny from 1955 to1961 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1961 Dedicated to learning Father Arnold earned a licentiate M A in canon law from Gregorian University in Rome in 1963 and then went back to Illinois to teach canon law moral theology and pastoral theology at the seminary at Techny While teaching he also worked on a doctorate in the psychology of personality at Loyola University Chicago which he completed in 1976 A professor who taught group therapy at Loyola ignited Father Arnold s interest in judo which emphasizes non violence and self defense The priest went on to become a black belt and taught classes for children at the North Suburban YMCA in Northbrook and for adults at Elk Grove High School To gain clinical psychology training Fr Arnold accepted a job as an assistant psychologist at the State of Ohio Correctional Facility a maximum security

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  • 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 Brother Joseph Urban 1936 2008 Faithful missionary devoted life to others Brother Joseph Urban 72 a Divine Word Missionary died Sunday Aug 17 2008 in Techny Ill Whatever assignment he received Brother Joe carried out his work with great care said Father Adam MacDonald SVD vice rector of the Techny community He faithfully accepted God s will Brother Joe the third and youngest child of Joseph and Margaret nee Cleaver Urban was born in New Orleans La in 1936 As a boy and youth he attended grammar school at St Alphonsus and studied upholstery working at L E Rabouin Vocational High School in New Orleans In 1954 he moved to Techny and three years later professed his first vows as a member of the Society of the Divine Word SVD In 1960 his first assignment took him to Marburg Australia where he professed his perpetual vows in 1963 Following three years as a cook tailor and maintenance engineer in Marburg and Epping Australia Brother Joe returned to the United States where he served the communities of Techny East Troy Wis and Bay St Louis Miss In East Troy for 12 years Brother Joe taught CCD at St James in Mukwonago St John s in Twin Lakes and St Robert Bellarmine in Union Grove He also volunteered to work with children with intellectual handicaps and he actively served the Knights of Columbus as a fourth degree knight and as assistant chaplain Devoted to the Knights of Columbus he

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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 2008 Father Lawrence Wagner 1917 2008 Mexican seminary founder passes away at Techny The Rev Lawrence Wagner SVD a founder of the first Society of the Divine Word SVD seminary in Mexico and manager of Mission Press died in Techny Ill Sept 3 2008 at age 91 Larry once said that one of the greatest compliments he ever received was that he spoke Spanish like a native born Mexican said Rev Mark Weber SVD provincial of the Society of the Divine Word s Chicago Province When he arrived in Mexico as a missionary a man told him that he should not unpack that the people wouldn t accept a priest from another country Fortunately he unpacked and proved the man wrong The fifth of Lawrence T and Elizabeth nee End Wagner s eight children Father Wagner was born in Pittsburgh Penn As a youth he followed in his older brother Wilbert s footsteps and attended Sacred Heart Seminary in Girard Penn Father Lawrence Wagner professed religious vows in 1939 and was ordained in 1944 Although first assigned to Papua New Guinea Father Wagner and other missionaries were not allowed to travel during World War II Instead he taught Greek and English composition at the SVD seminary in Conesus N Y Following the war international travel resumed but Father Wagner s superiors sent him to the Society s Mission Press at Techny After a year of studying about the plant s many printing presses and attending night classes to learn about paper ink and graphic arts Father Wagner became manager a role he cherished until fire destroyed the operation in 1960 For the next three years he served

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  • 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 Edward Wald 1922 2008 Missionary priest served in the United States as example for others The Rev Edward Wald 86 a Divine Word Missionary and an educator died Dec 9 2008 at Techny Ill Ed Wald epitomized what it means to be a missionary in the United States said Rev Mark Weber SVD provincial of the Society of the Divine Word s Chicago Province During his priesthood he conscientiously taught the youth actively supported his brother s ministry in Papua New Guinea and tirelessly served the poor and marginalized in our country The eighth of Ann Marie and Michael Wald s 12 children Father Wald was born in Karlsruhe N D and followed his older brother John s footsteps by leaving the family farm and becoming a Divine Word Missionary Although he left the farm he never lost his love for it Father Wald became a member of the Society of the Divine Word in 1943 the same year that his brother John who died this past May was ordained a priest Father Ed Wald s own ordination took place in May of 1950 For more than two decades he taught scores of future Divine Word brothers and priests at Divine Word Seminaries in Miramar Mass Conesus N Y Bordentown N J and Girard Pa During many of those years he managed farms at Conesus and Girard Those farms on which they grew produce and raised animals allowed the missionaries and their students to be somewhat self sufficient In 1971 when the working farms were no longer needed Father

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  • 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 2007 Father Otto Schellenberger 1914 2007 Innovative missionary worked towards economic development in New Guinea The Rev Otto George Shellenberger a Divine Word Missionary died at Techny Ill on Jan 9 2007 at the age of 92 He was born in 1914 in Georgetown Ind One of twelve children an older brother became a priest in the diocese of Evansville Ind and a sister joined the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters and served as a nurse in Australia Father Schellenberger pronounced his religious vows in 1937 and was ordained a priest on Aug 15 1942 The last surviving member of his class he was known in his student days for his near Olympic prowess as a swimmer In 1944 he was sent to New Guinea a South Pacific island as a missionary He spent the next 48 years serving in various capacities on that island and in nearby Australia In addition to his priestly duties he actively helped the people of New Guinea advance their living conditions He used the skills he learned growing up on a farm to modernize agricultural processes and promote soil conservation A 1954 newspaper article hailed his discovery that a mixture of volcanic ash and sand ingredients readily available in New Guinea could cheaply replace concrete and last far longer than wood which rotted quickly in the tropical conditions Much of his priestly ministry was spent preaching retreats and counseling In Australia he was a pioneer in the Cursillo

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