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A Time in History (September)

Robert J. Cullen was born in 1916 in St. Peter’s Parish, Glasgow. His family moved to Ireland. At the age of six, Bob emigrated to Chicago. He died on September 25, 1994 at St. Columban’s, Silver Creek, New York. Bob began his studies for priesthood at St. Columban’s, Silver Creek, in 1931. He was ordained priest on December 18, 1943. He worked in Los Alamitos, CA. In 1945 he was assigned to the Philippines, working first in Malate Parish before going to Mindanao where he spent more than forty years. He was noted for his building skills. Ill health led to his return to the U.S. in 1992. Bob is buried at Silver Creek, New York.

September  25

Robert J. Cullen was born in 1916 in St. Peter’s Parish, Glasgow.  His family moved to Ireland.  At the age of six, Bob emigrated to Chicago. He died on September 25, 1994 at St. Columban’s, Silver Creek, New York.  Bob began his studies for priesthood at St. Columban’s, Silver Creek, in 1931.  He was ordained priest on December 18, 1943.  He worked in Los Alamitos, CA.  In 1945 he was assigned to the Philippines, working first in Malate Parish before going to Mindanao where he spent more than forty years.  He was noted for his building skills.  Ill health led to his return to the U.S. in 1992.  Bob is buried at Silver Creek, New York.

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           Left-Right:  Frs. Robert Cullen, Denis Mescall, John Hishon

 

John Griffin was born in Timaru, New Zealand in 1927, joined the Columbans in 1944, and was ordained at Dunedin in 1950.  Assigned to the Philippines, to the Diocese of Iba, Zambales, he learned Ilokano and worked in parishes for twenty years.  Due to illness he returned to New Zealand in 1970 and was treated there.  The Bishops’ Conference nominated him to head the National Missions Office in 1974.  Since then he was actively involved in promoting mission all over the country.  He volunteered to go to Chile in 1985 and ministered in Santiago.  Returning to New Zealand he aroused mission awareness in the Diocese of Auckland until ageing and loss of mobility led him to dedicated healthcare at the Aroha Center for the Elderly.  He died peacefully in Wellington on September 25, 2014.

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Fr. John Griffin

 

September 26

 bernard murtaghBernard Murtagh was born at Arva, Co. Cavan in 1900.  He died at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Trim, Co. Meath on September 26, 1974 and is buried in Dalgan.  He was engaged in farming when he decided to become a priest.  He was ordained priest at Dalgan in 1930.  Barney went to China in 1931 and worked in Jiangxi under Bishop Cleary.  In 1948 he was appointed to do promotion work in Ireland.  He was assigned to the Philippines in 1954 and worked mostly in the Lingayen area.  Failing health forced him to return to Ireland in 1972.

                                                                  

 

 

 

 

September 27

michael actonMichael Acton was born in 1921 in the parish of Milltown, Co. Galway.  He died unexpectedly on September 27, 1996 at his residence in Belmount, Milltown.  He was ordained priest on December 21, 1946 at Dalgan.  His first assignment in China was a brief one, having to depart from there after one year’s language study due to the Communist take-over.  For the next twenty-two years, 1950-1972, he worked in Mindanao, Philippines.  He returned to Ireland and did pastoral work in Tuam Archdiocese, mainly in his home parish of Milltown, where he is buried.

 

 

Patrick Cashman was born at Bayonne, New Jersey in 1917.  He died on September 27, 2002 at Silver Creek, New York, where his formation for Columban priesthood began.  He was ordained priest in Providence, Rhode Island in December 1942.  He was assigned to do promotion work in the U.S. before being sent to the Philippines in 1950.  From 1972 to 1978 he did promotion work in Australia and then returned to the U.S.  From 1990, he resided at Silver Creek.  Pat is buried at St. Columban’s, Silver Creek, New York. 

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Fr. Patrick Cashman in Baliangao, Misamis Occidental

 

 

September 28

 

joseph murtaghJoseph Murtagh was born at Drumcree, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath in 1928.  He died at Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan on September 28, 2007.  He came to Dalgan Park in 1946 and was ordained there in December 1952.  He was initially appointed to study agriculture in Louisiana, USA and then in 1954 was assigned to the Philippines where he worked in Mindanao.  In 1978 he accepted an assignment to the Filipino Chaplaincy in London but, though he loved to work with Filipinos, he was unhappy there and requested that he be re-assigned to the Philippines, which was granted.  Having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis he eventually returned to Ireland in 2001 and to Dalgan where his ministry of presence comforted many of his fellow Columbans and all who confided in him.  Joe is buried in Dalgan.

 

 

 

 

 

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