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  • Krajci the Lord certainly showed Himself wonderful Tony told us his fellow seminarians that he came from the streets of Chicago with the bright eyed awareness of everything around him much like a sparrow coming into our bird feeder His intelligence and his excellent work habits kept him near the top of his class His great athletic ability made him stand out on the playing field And his deep Catholic faith made him one of those seminarians whom you instinctively felt would survive when so many failed to become a missionary priest to carry to the end of the world the words of Jesus Preach the Gospel to every creature After ordination in August 1945 our class had to study theology for one final year and then be dispersed among parishes and seminaries while the world tried to recover from World War II But in 1947 Fathers Krajci Shadeg and Lunzer took a ship to Singapore and then New Guinea where they found a jungle full of people just emerging from the Stone Age Far from being primitive they are intelligent industrious highly motivated and curious about the civilization pressing in upon them The prefect apostolic Father Willem van Baar wanted an English secretary to manage his huge vicariate which is now nine dioceses and he chose Tony who did everything so well and so cheerfully But new bishops were appointed English speakers at Australia s wish So the Dutch Father van Baar retired in Australia to write his excellent memoirs and Tony got a jungle parish beyond Wewak He worked there for years until the Franciscans were given the whole lot as a diocese for themselves Meanwhile I had followed my trio of classmates to New Guinea and received a huge slice of new territory which now has six parishes Tony received the territory that was farthest away from the bishop and the most remote segment of it was Landor at the top of the Ambum valley With his intelligent application Tony made it an outstanding parish with good schools and classes of catechumens preparing for baptism When New Guinea was ready had high schools full of Catholic young men and women it was time to open a major seminary to prepare local men for the Catholic priesthood This idea is certainly opposed to much of the local culture which values warrior strength sex polygamy material wealth popular honor and especially grandchildren But there is a deep religious feeling among the people an appreciation of motivation a willingness to make great sacrifices and a great love for others These last virtues they saw demonstrated in the lives of the missionaries Father Krajci had no difficulty in finding young men to study for years to become priests like Father Tony Down the Ambum valley at Sikir Father George Schubbe was giving the same lesson to his people And getting Catholic laity and seminarians just as was Father Tony One of the young priests I think his name is Father Arnold

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  • 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 2006 Father Gerhard Mellert 1938 2006 The Rev Gerhard Mellert 67 a missionary for the Society of the Divine Word and member of the Chicago Province died suddenly on July 22 on the Caribbean island of Montserrat where he was the pastor of St Patrick Catholic Church Born in Freiburg Germany in 1938 he began his studies for the priesthood in 1959 He was sent to the Divine Word Seminary in Manila Philippines to complete his theological studies prior to being ordained a Catholic priest in 1965 He ministered in the Philippines for several years Because of his great facility with languages he was asked to work in the Society s General Headquarters in Rome He was then

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  • 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 2006 Father Wilbert Wagner 1912 2006 Missionary who escaped Nazis founded Mexican Divine Word seminary passes away The Rev Wilbert Wagner SVD 93 died in his sleep in the early morning hours of Aug 8 2006 at the Divine Word Residence in Techny Ill He had been a Divine Word Missionary for nearly 70 years and would have celebrated the 66th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on Aug 15 Born in Pittsburgh Penn in 1912 he began his priestly studies in the United States at a young age but was sent to a seminary near Vienna Austria in 1937 to complete his training When the German Nazi army occupied the seminary he was first sent to Switzerland and then to Holland to continue his theological studies When the Germans occupied Holland he fled with two other seminarians on bicycles to a seminary in Germany that was safe for the moment They traveled by train from there to Genoa Italy and then boarded a ship to return to the United States Father Wagner was ordained in 1940 Because of the unrest caused by World War II he and his classmates were not assigned overseas He taught in U S seminaries in New York and Pennsylvania and then served as novice master directing the spiritual formation of seminarians for 13 years In 1962 he was sent

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  • Divine Word Missionary priest died on Sept 28 2006 at St Francis Hospital in Evanston Ill at the age of 90 He had been in failing health for several months Father Pung was born in Westphalia Mich on Jan 8 1916 the youngest of John Nicholas Pung and Julianna Simon s ten children He entered St Mary s Seminary in Techny Ill in 1931 He professed religious vows in the Society of the Divine Word in 1939 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1944 He was assigned to teach at St Augustine s Seminary in Bay St Louis Miss and remained there for ten years rising to the position of seminary rector He was named provincial superior of the U S Southern Province in 1955 After three years he was transferred to Rome Italy where he served on the general council of the Society of the Divine Word Father Pung spent the next 45 years from 1958 to 2003 in Rome serving his religious community and the Catholic Church in numerous high level administrative and leadership positions From 1971 to 1985 he was the administrator of the Pontifical Commission on Justice and Peace at the Vatican In his role as postulator general for the Society of the Divine Word he promoted the cause of sainthood for Arnold Janssen the Society s founder and Joseph Freinademetz one of the Society s first missionaries to China The culmination of these efforts was the canonization at Saint Peter s Basilica of Saints Arnold and Joseph by Pope John Paul II in October 2003 Father Pung retired to Mississippi after the canonization He was elected as a delegate to the General Chapter and traveled to Rome this summer for six weeks of international meetings to chart the future directions for the more than

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  • News Calendar of Events Press Releases Press Release Archives Missionaries in the News Missionaries in the News 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 2006 Father Joseph Michael Connors 1925 2006 The Rev Joseph Michael Connors 80 a Divine Word Missionary died on Oct 4 at Divine Word Residence in Techny Ill Born in Boston on Nov 19 1925 he was baptized in St John St Hugh Parish in Roxbury Mass The future priest grew up and attended grammar school in St Peter s Parish in Dorchester Mass He entered St Francis Mission House the Divine Word Missionary high school seminary at Miramar Mass He professed religious vows in 1945 and was ordained in 1952 He obtained a doctorate in communications from Northwestern University served as professor of homiletics at St Mary s Seminary in Techny founded the Catholic Homiletic Society and twice served as its president Father Connors was elected provincial superior of the U S Northern Province of the Society of the Divine Word in 1964 He was named the first executive secretary of the Catholic Mission Council of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington D C in 1970 Four years later he was called to the Vatican to assist in the preparation for the International Synod meeting of Catholic bishops on the topic

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  • the News Missionaries in the News 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 2005 Father Eugene Gene Schmitz 1938 2005 Father Eugene Gene Schmitz died of a heart attack on Jan 8 2005 in Surabay Indonesia He was 66 Father Schmitz was born in Skokie Ill where he grew up in St Peter s Parish He attended St Norbert Grade School in Northbrook Ill entered the Society of the Divine word at Techny Ill in 1953 He was ordained to the priesthood at Techny in 1967 His first mission appointment was to Indonesia in 1968 He served the far flung mission parishes in the mountainous area of the Island of Lembata for more than ten years In 1979 he became district superior for the Divine Word Missionaries on Lembata With the help of 12 other priests Father Schmitz served nine parishes whose sizes ranged from 6 000 to 10 000 parishioners He also managed the mission repair shops the Catholic school board and the formation team on the island Father Schmitz worked for 36 years as a missionary pastor and seminary dean on the Island of Lembata Two months before he died he had begun a new assignment as vicar general of the Diocese of Larantuka He was the last North American Divine Word Missionary to be allowed by

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  • Alumni Association Vocations Divine Word Novitiate Divine Word Theologate Support Our Work News Calendar of Events Press Releases Press Release Archives Missionaries in the News Missionaries in the News 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 2005 Father Gerald Garry 1928 2005 Father Gerald Garry 77 died on March 12 2005 at Divine Word Residence at Techny Ill Father Garry was born in Schenectady N Y where he attended St Columba parish school After graduating from high school he studied at St Bernadine of Siena College in Loudonville N Y He began his missionary training in 1951 as a late vocation at Divine Word Seminary in Bordentown N J He completed his studies for the priesthood and was ordained

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  • 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 2005 Father Lawrence Larry Poetz 1917 2005 Father Lawrence Larry Poetz 87 died on March 12 2005 at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge Ill Father Poetz was born in Chicago in 1917 He entered the Society of the Divine Word at Techny Ill in 1931 and was ordained in 1944 He served as teacher treasurer and dean of students at the Society s Sacred Heart Seminary Girard Penn from 1945 to 1950 In 1950 he was transferred to Divine Word Seminary in Duxbury Mass where he taught and directed a summer camp During the 37 years that he worked in the Boston area he became a popular retreat director When the seminary became Miramar Retreat Center in 1962 he was appointed rector Father Poetz once said When I came to Miramar in

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