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A Time in History (February 1-5)

A Time in History (February 1-5)

February 1



FR. PAUL R. SMITH was born at St. Paul, Minnesotta, USA in 1934. He died at the Veterans’ Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas, USA on February 1, 1983.  Fr. Paul was educated at Cretin High, St. Paul; St. Columban’s College, Milton [1952-54]; and St. Columban’s Major Seminary, Milton [1954-61]. He was ordained priest in 1960, appointed to the Philippines in 1961 and remained there until he joined the US Army Chaplains’ Corps in 1968. On his retirement from the army in 1971 he was to return to the Philippines but while doing a refresher course in the language he became ill. He returned to the U.S. and worked in the diocese of Tucson [1977-82]. Fr. Paul was buried in the National Cemetery, Ft. Snelling, Minnesotta with full military honours.


February 2



FR. PATRICK O’DONOVAN, popularly known as Fr. Pato, was born in Cork City, Ireland in 1927.  He died at Dalgan Park on February 2, 2009. Having completed his secondary education at Mount Melleray he came to Dalgan in 1946 where he was ordained in 1952. Assigned to the Philippines in 1953, Fr. Pato spent the next forty-one (41) years in Pangasinan, apart from a six (6)-year period [1978-’84] when he served as District Superior of Luzon, residing at Singalong, Manila. In 1994, Fr. Pato was assigned to Ireland for treatment of a skin condition. Even then, his total commitment to priesthood was evident when he continued his engagement in pastoral work in the Cork Diocese. With a deep spirituality and blessed by commonsense and a sense of humour, Fr. Pato attracted many who sought advice and assistance. His adoring family would vouch for that. His many friends in the Philippines and Ireland will miss his gentle presence. He is buried at Dalgan.




February 5


whyte FR. OLIVER WHYTE was born in Barnaderg, Tuam, Ireland in 1921. He died on February 5, 2009 at Dalgan Park, Ireland.  Having completed his secondary education at St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam, he came to Dalgan in 1940 and was ordained there in 1946. He was appointed to Shanghai to study Korean but by 1948 he was working in Huzhou, China. But there was yet another twist in Fr. Oliver’s story! Due to Church persecution in China in the early 1950’s, he was assigned to Mindanao, Philippines, where he spent over thirty (30) years. Appointed to Ireland in 1983, he served as College Bursar in Dalgan, followed by many years of Mission Promotion and Vocation work. Being a skilled raconteur, Fr. Oliver would have excelled in those roles! He retired in 1996 but continued to travel and entertain!  Fr. Oliver is buried at Dalgan.





Fr. Oliver repairing his vehicle

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