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14 March 2013


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I remember my parents talking about a Father Clerkin who was a missionary in New Guinea and had been a POW. I think they met him at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, where my father was stationed.

Later (maybe 1955 or 1956) he came to Philadelphia and visited us at our home. He had made arrangements with our pastor to say Mass one day. Since I was an altar boy, I went with him to show him the church and to serve his Mass that morning.

He said Mass on one of the side altars in the lower church of Transfiguration at 55th and Cedar Avenue. I felt honoured to be serving Mass for such a dedicated priest and friend of my parents.

I remember my parents saying that he couldn't wait to get back to his people on New Guinea - what dedication! I don't think we ever saw him again after that. God bless him.

Yes, they were all good and great man! One or two may be bad apples, especially one I know, whose unreligious activities would bring shame to all of them. And he calls himself an SVD priest! I am not speaking here because of a rumour I heard, no, I was a witness and it left me disgusted! However like you said, they were great men, who helped to develop this country! God bless them!

I remember a Fr. Ray Quirk from Vanimo at the end of the 50's who then went to Port Moresby as Army Chaplain to PIR. Do not know if he was SVD?

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