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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 2005 Father John Beemster 1913 2005 Father John Beemster 92 died at Divine Word Residence in Techny Ill on March 15 2005 On Sept 8 Father Beemster would have been 70 years in vows and on Aug 15 he would have celebrated 65 years of priestly ordination Father Beemster was born in Zwaag North Holland The Netherlands The family immigrated to the Chicago area and became members of St Willibrord s Parish on Chicago s Southside Brother Willibrord Beemster who was stationed in Bordentown N J was a cousin of Father Beemster Father Beemster pursued graduate studies in mathematics at Catholic University in Washington D C and at Marquette University in Milwaukee Wis In 1970 he received a

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  • did anthropological fieldwork in the Wahgi Valley of the New Guinea Highlands Throughout his years in New Guinea Father Luzbetak actively promoted literacy among the population devising phonemic alphabets for unwritten languages making major contributions toward the standardization of Pidgin English and serving on the government s Commission on Languages Returning to the United States he taught at Divine Word Seminary at Techny and lectured widely at various Christian universities and mission training centers In 1965 Father Luzbetak became the founding executive director at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate CARA a center for gathering statistical demographic data for the Catholic Church CARA is located at Georgetown University in Washington D C where he served until 1973 when he became president of Divine Word College Epworth Iowa In 1979 he became editor of the journal Anthropos International Review of Ethnology and Linguistics and acting director of the Anthropos Institut Sankt Augustin Germany From 1982 to 1987 Father Luzbetak worked on the new post Vatican II version of his handbook The Church and Cultures New Perspectives in Missiological Anthropology published by Orbis Books in 1988 Following the re publication of his classic book Father Luzbetak served from 1987 to 1989 as a staff member of the Pontifical Council for Culture at the Vatican Among his many academic honors fellowships and distinctions are the Louis J Luzbetak SVD Chair of Mission and Culture established at Catholic Theological Union Chicago presently held by Stephen Bevans SVD and the Father Louis Luzbetak SVD Award for Excellence in Church Research established by CARA at Georgetown University Father Luzbetak was a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and served as a member of research committees of various ecumenical organizations including the National Council of Churches and various professional organizations He also served as president of the Catholic Anthropological Association and president of the American Society of Missiology In 1989 he began working from his office in Techny continuing to make scholarly contributions to mission science publications until recent months At the news of his death tributes poured in for Father Luzbetak Here are some of them Father Aylward Shorter a British missiologist and author of books on inculturation and Africa wrote Thanks for telling me the sad news about Father Luzbetak Please accept my condolences and pass them on to his confreres He was a father of practical missiology and of the theology of cultures I shall always be grateful that I was given the privilege of paying tribute to him in his presence at the 4th Luzbetak Lecture in Chicago in 2003 May God reward this good and faithful servant Paul Hiebert Trinity Evangelical University School of Theology professor and much published missionary anthropologist with an international reputation observed I always found Louis to be warm appreciative and interested The world never has too many At a papal audience in 1988 Pope John Paul II received a copy of The Church and Cultures New Perspectives in Missiological Anthropology from its author Father Louis

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  • 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 Faher John Koster 1913 2005 Ghana s official satellite observer and first man outside Russia to spot Sputnik passes away at Techny Father John Koster 87 died at Divine Word Residence in Techny Ill on June 21 2005 Born in Dunkerton Iowa in 1918 John Koster entered the Society in 1932 at Epworth Iowa He professed first vows in 1939 and was ordained at Techny in 1944 Following ordination he completed a master s degree in physics at DePaul University and went on to earn a doctorate in physics from the University of London In 1950 he was assigned to Ghana West Africa where he became a chaplain and lecturer in physics at the University of Ghana Through radio astronomy he tracked both Russian and U S satellites and is credited with being the first scientist outside the Soviet Union to detect Sputnik the first Earth satellite launched in 1957 Because of his success in tracking both Russian and U S satellites he was appointed Ghana s official satellite observer He also was among the first to prove that the Earth s upper atmosphere was most ionized over the equator and not the poles He continued teaching in Ghana for 28 years then transferred

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  • 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 Donald Mulrenan 1932 2005 Father Donald Mulrenan 73 died in Boston on Sept 25 2005 Born in Melrose Mass in 1932 the fourth of seven children of the late Dominic and Gertrude Mulrenan he attended St Mary s grade school in Melrose and Divine Word Seminary high school in Duxbury Mass Following ordination at St Mary s Seminary Techny Ill in 1960 he was sent to the Philippines where he served for 13 years as prefect treasurer and president in Divine Word colleges Between assignments in the Philippines he attended graduate school at Boston College where he earned a master s degree in education He returned permanently to the United States in 1973 to become principal and treasurer at Divine Word Seminary in

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  • 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 Paul J Connors 1935 2005 Father Paul J Connors 70 died of complications from diabetes on Oct 9 2005 at Barbara E Cheung Memorial Hospice in Edison N J A wake service will be held at Divine Word Residence 101 Park St Bordentown N J on Wednesday Oct 12 from 4 to 8 p m The funeral Mass will be offered at St Mary s Parish Church in Bordentown on Thursday Oct 13 at 10 a m followed by burial in St Mary s Parish cemetery Father Connors celebrated 50 years in religious vows last month He was born in Somerville Mass and attended St John s Grade School He entered the Society of the Divine Word at the Divine Word Seminary in Duxbury Mass and continued his studies for the priesthood at St Mary s Seminary in Techny Ill He was ordained at Techny in 1963 His early ministries included administration and education in the eastern United States at Divine Word seminaries in Duxbury Bordentown and Girard Penn He was principal of the Divine Word high school seminary at Bordentown from 1969 to 1976 He was director of the Miramar Retreat Center in Duxbury from 1981 to 1990 Father Connors was trained in spiritual direction and retreat ministry He held a master s degree in theology from

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  • house first opened and then in 1944 he was assigned to Conesus N Y where he went to work for O Neh Da Vineyards which was then owned and operated by the Society of the Divine Word Joachim worked in the winery first as a salesman for ten years and then as a truck driver for more than 20 years I first met this gentleman in the early 1960s when I too worked for the winery In the mid 1970s the Society of the Divine Word turned over management of the winery to a family Joachim was told that he could no longer make trips to Florida to deliver wine and so he quit his job A few days later he tried to get it back but the managers would not take him back He then asked for a transfer to Miramar where he worked in the gardens In the early 1980s when the house was sold he moved across the street to the retreat house and continued to garden In the mid 1990s after being sick for a few years he again was assigned to Techny Joachim was a kind man who often thought first of others He had many friends wherever he lived In the seventies he loved to go to Miramar for the Thanksgiving holiday and visit with his old friends and share a nip or two with them but I believe that he himself did not drink While I was in the novitiate at Conesus in the early 1960s Joachim was having problems with his back and he asked for permission to have some of the novices who worked at the winery to help him on his daily deliveries On the day it was my turn we left Conesus after breakfast and headed straight to his

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  • had never heard of Catholics much less met one According to Brother Vincent there just weren t any Catholics in the black community in Arkansas at that time The owner of the creosote plant a Catholic invited him to Mass at St Patrick s Church Brother Vincent remembered Before I walked into St Patrick s Church in Toledo I had never seen a crucifix When I looked up at that life sized crucifix something just happened to me He kept going back to St Patrick s and was baptized later that year Before long he decided that he wanted to become a priest At the time the only Catholic seminary in the United States that would accept African American men as candidates for the priesthood was the Society of the Divine Word s St Augustine s Seminary in Bay St Louis Miss It had opened in 1923 specifically to educate African American men for the priesthood In turn they would seek converts among the poor African American population in the rural South In 1928 Louis Webb applied and was accepted at St Augustine s Seminary but because of his lack of formal education he could not keep up with the demands of the courses He went back to Toledo after one year and continued to work in the creosote plant In 1934 he began again to apply for admission to other religious communities Time after time he was turned down and he became mightily discouraged He said he wondered what he had done that he could not be accepted anywhere He stopped going to church for about three months The priests at St Patrick s wrote to every religious community in the United States on his behalf but it seemed none would accept an African American candidate That year the

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