A Time in History (October)

Fr. DONAL HALLIDEN was born on May 25, 1923 in Banteer, Cloyne diocese, Ireland and died in the Dalgan Nursing Home on October 1, 2011. Fr. Donal entered the seminary in Old Dalgan, Shrule, Co. Mayo, Ireland in 1940, and transferred to the new college in Co. Meath, in 1941. He was ordained priest on December 21, 1946. He was one of five of the Halliden family who followed a religious vocation. Frs. Bill and Jerome, his brothers, were Columbans. Fr. Donal was assigned to the Philippines in 1947 and served in the country for a record sixty-one years until he returned home and took up residence in St Columban’s Nursing Home in 2008. His initial appointments were to parishes in Northen Mindanao: Plaridel, Aurora, Ozamis City, and Iligan City. In 1964, he was assigned to campus ministry in Centro Escolar University, Manila, a position he occupied for the next thirty years. In 1994 he spent a year ministering at Lucan Community College. When he returned to Manila in 1996 he worked in the Region’s Mission Awareness Office until 2008, when he returned to Ireland. Kind and courteous, he very much appreciated the care of the nursing staff during his final years. He died in the Dalgan Nursing Home in Ireland on October 1, 2011. Fr. Donal is buried at Dalgan.

October 1

 

HalidenFr. DONAL HALLIDEN was born on May 25, 1923 in Banteer, Cloyne diocese, Ireland and died in the Dalgan Nursing Home  on October 1, 2011.  Fr. Donal entered the seminary in Old  Dalgan, Shrule, Co. Mayo, Ireland in 1940, and transferred to the new college in Co. Meath, in 1941. He was ordained priest on December 21, 1946. He was one of five of the Halliden family who followed a religious vocation. Frs. Bill and Jerome, his brothers, were Columbans. Fr. Donal was assigned to the Philippines in 1947 and served in the country for a record sixty-one years until he returned home and took up residence in St Columban’s Nursing Home in 2008. His initial appointments were to parishes in Northen Mindanao: Plaridel, Aurora, Ozamis City, and Iligan City. In 1964, he was assigned to campus ministry in Centro Escolar University, Manila, a position he occupied for the next thirty years. In 1994 he spent a year ministering at Lucan Community College. When he returned to Manila in 1996 he worked in the Region’s Mission Awareness Office until 2008, when he returned to Ireland.  Kind and courteous, he very much appreciated the care of the nursing staff during his final years. He died in the Dalgan Nursing Home in Ireland on October 1, 2011.  Fr. Donal is buried at Dalgan.

 

 

Fr. LAWRENCE RYAN was born in 1935 at Muckalee, Co., Kilkenny, Ireland. He died as a result of an accident on October 1, 1995 at Pagadian Hospital, Philippines. Fr. Lar, who was a brother of another Columban priest, Martin Ryan, came to Dalgan in 1954. He was ordained priest in Dalgan on December 21, 1960 and appointed to the Philippines. He worked in a number of parishes in Mindanao, including San Miguel where he was the first pastor. After refresher courses in Ireland, he was appointed to hospital ministry in Pagadian Diocese.  It was in the Pagadian area he received his fatal injury when another motorbike severed an artery in his groin and he died of cardiac arrest some hours later.  Fr. Lar is interred in the cemetery chapel in Paglaum, Pagadian, Philippines.

 

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Fr. Lawrence Ryan in his younger years

 

 

Fr. DONALD WODARZ was born in 1936 at Browerville, Minnesota, USA. He died suddenly on  October 1, 1994 at the Columban Mission Institute, Turramurra, NSW, Australia. Fr. Don entered St. Columban’s, Silver Creek, USA in 1953 to study for priesthood. He was ordained priest on December 21, 1960 at St. Columban’s Seminary, Milton, Massachusetts, USA and

appointed to study theology in Rome. Assigned to the Philippines in 1963 he worked in the archdiocese of Cagayan. In 1970 he joined the formation staff at St. Columban’s, Milton, MA, and was named rector there in 1973. Returning to Rome for missiology studies he gained his Doctorate in 1980 and then took up an appointment to St. Columban’s College, Turramurra, and at the Pacific Mission Institute. Fr. Don is buried at Northern Suburbs Cemetery, Sydney.

 

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Fr. Donald Wodarz in Mindanao, Philippines

 

October 2

 

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Fr. VINCENT McFADDEN was born at Durango, Colorado, USA in1911. He died on          October 2, 1970 in Westminster Hospital, California, USA.  Fr. Vincent’s family returned to Ireland in 1924. He  studied at St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, and at St. Columb’s College, Derry, both in Ireland, before coming to Dalgan in 1931. He was ordained priest there in 1937. Assigned to Mindanao, Philippines, he saw his church destroyed by Japanese bombs. He helped President Quezon, fleeing from the Japanese, to escape to Australia. He himself was captured by the Japanese and interned until 1945 when he returned to the U.S. where he was engaged in promotion work. He was Superior at St. Columban’s, Brooklyn [1952-58]; St. Columban’s, West Chester [1960-64]; St. Columban’s, Los Angeles [1964-67]; and at St. Columban’s, San Diego [1967-69]. He is buried at Drexel, Pennsylvania, USA.

 

 

 

 

October 4

 

sheilsFr. JOE SHIELS was born in Paisley, Scotland, on March 3, 1930 and grew up in Derry, Ireland. Ordained on December 21, 1953 he was appointed to Mindanao, Philippines, serving in Ozamis, Clarin, Lanipao and Tangub. In Lopez-Jaena, 1963 to 1972, he helped tenant farmers to increase their income by planting bananas between their coconuts. Terms in Aloran and Jimenez followed. From 1977 he studied Pastoral Counselling in Chicago before returning to Mindanao as pastor in Pagadian.  A student in the Mindanao State University, Marawi, while he was chaplain in 1982 said his sermons kept her from losing the faith. After a short stay in Lianga, he was in Linamon, Suarez, and Buru-un all in the Diocese of Iligan until 2003. Back home he served in Desertmartin and in the Waterside where he wrote Christian Transition. In failing health he retired to the Dalgan Nursing Home. He died peacefully there on October 4, 2015.

              

 

 

 

Fr. GABRIEL KEOHANE was born at Bantry, Co. Cork, in 1939. He died at Doctors Hospital, Manila, on October 5, 2000 having suffered brain haemorrhage a week earlier. After his secondary studies at St. Colman’s College, Fermoy, Ireland he came to Dalgan where he was ordained in December 1963. Assigned to the Philippines, Fr. Gabe spent all his missionary life in Mindanao. He is buried at Cagayan-de-Oro, Philippines.

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Fr. Gabriel Keohane hearing confession