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A Time in History (May 8-15)

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A Time in History (May 8-15)

A Time in History (May 8-15)


May 11



FR. PETER STEEN was born in 1925 at Navan, County Meath, Ireland. He died in the Dalgan Nursing Home on May 11, 2009. Educated at De La Salle and at St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan, Fr. Peter then studied dentistry for two years at University College, Dublin. Then in 1946 he entered Dalgan and was ordained priest there in 1952. He was one of three brothers to be ordained, Frs. Pat, also a Columban priest, and Ambrose. Fr. Peter was assigned to the Philippines where most of his pastoral work was done in Mindanao. He served as Chancellor of Ozamiz and pro-Director of Mindanao District. That was followed by two terms as Director of the Philippine Region [1975-1981] during which time he displayed interest and energy in implementing the new thrust given to the Society by the 1976 Chapter. Despite health worries in 1981, Fr. Peter returned to pastoral work in Mindanao and Illigan. In 1989 he became Chaplain to Makati Medical Centre, Manila. Due to continued ill health, he returned to Ireland in April 2009. Fr. Peter is buried at Dalgan Park, Navan.



(L-R) Frs. Brendan Kennedy and Peter Steen in Mindanao


May 12



FR. JEREMIAH PIGOTT was born at Liscarroll, County Cork, Ireland in 1892. He died on May 12, 1976 as a result of being hit by a passing car near Dalgan.  Fr. Jerry received his secondary education at St. Colman’s College, Fermoy. After his ordination to priesthood at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth in 1916, he joined the British Forces as chaplain during the first World War. After the war he was appointed to the teaching staff of St. Colman’s College, Fermoy. He joined the Society in 1922 and was appointed to Hanyang, China. He was a delegate at the 1931 Chapter. Returning to Hanyang he was appointed vicar-General of Hanyang and later pro-Director. He was visiting Ireland when World War II broke out and, unable to return to China, he joined the Royal Air Force as a chaplain. Returning to China in 1946 he led a group of Columbans to the new mission area of Huzhou. He remained in charge there until forced to leave China in 1952. Japan was the next country in his varied career; he worked there from 1953-61. He served in the Philippines [1961-75].  Fr. Jerry is buried at Dalgan.



FR. FRANCIS RUDDY was born at Newry, County Down,Ireland in 1914. He died in Melbourne, Australia on May 12, 1971. Fr. Frank received his secondary education at St. Colman’s College, Newry, before coming to Dalgan in 1934. He was a member of the last class to be ordained priest at Dalgan, Galway, in 1940.  In 1941, he took up temporary parish work in the diocese of Clifton, England.  Assigned to China in 1946, Fr. Frank worked in Nancheng for a brief period before going to Hanyang. Due to ill health he left China in 1948 and was assigned to the Mexican parish at Westminster, California, USA.  In 1951, he was appointed to the Philippines but three years later he had to leave for health reasons. He went to Australia where he did pastoral work and was Superior at St. Columban’s, Perth.  Fr. Frank is buried at Carlton Cemetery, Melbourne.


May 14



FR. EDMOND G. BAHL was born in 1918 at Buffalo, New York, USA. He died on May 14, 2001 at Lakeshore Nursing Facility, Silver Creek, New York. In preparation for priesthood, he had studied at Bristol, Silver Creek and Omaha and was ordained on December 18, 1943.  After serving for two years in a Buffalo parish Fr. Eddie was assigned to the Philippines in 1946. There he soon saw the value of schools, seeing them as “the only way to reach the kids”. Later, he became president of St. Columban’s College, one of the schools he had founded. He was instrumental in bringing the Sisters of Mercy of the Buffalo Diocese to the Philippines. This led to many Philippine women answering the vocation call to become Sisters of Mercy.  Fr. Eddie is buried at St. Columban’s on the Lake, Silver Creek, New York.



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