A Time in History

A Time in History (August) A Time in History (August)

The region, with Fr. William Hennessey as Director, was determined to build a house in the Philippines. On August 12, 1957 the first part of the new building in Singalong was ready for occupancy.

A Time in History (September 25-30) A Time in History (September 25-30)

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.

A Time in History (May) A Time in History (May)

From Preda.org: ‘It has been announced in the Netherlands that Irish Columban missionary, Fr. Shay Cullen is to be the recipient of the 2017 Martin Buber Award in recognition of his internationally acclaimed work on human rights undertaken through the PREDA Foundation which he established in the Philippines in 1975. He will be presented with the award in Kerkrade next November during the annual International Festival of Dialogue – EURIADE.

A Time in History (October) 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.


FR. PATRICK KEENAN was born at Grovehill, Castledawson, County Derry, Ireland, in 1921. He died on October 16, 1955 at St. Columb’s Hospital, Derry. Having completed his secondary studies at St. Columb’s College, Derry, Fr. Pat came to Dalgan, Ireland, in 1941 and was ordained priest there in 1947.


FR. WILLIAM “Billy” BOURKE was born in 1929 at Providence, Rhode Island (RI), U.S.A. He died in Kent Hospital, Warwick, RI, on October 24, 2004. Prior to coming to St. Columban’s, Bristol, U.S.A in 1947 he had studied at St. Columban’s, Silver Creek. In 1950 he was sent as one of four exchange-students to Dalgan, Ireland and was ordained at Boston in 1954. Assigned to the Philippines in 1955, Fr. Billy served in Ozamiz where he was Chancellor of the Archdiocese from 1988 until his death. He was a genuinely welcoming host to all visitors in his parish, the Archdiocesan Offices and in the central house in Ozamiz, where was house manager. He was known among Columbans as a passionate lover of sports and among the people for his kindness and generosity. He is buried at Pawtucket, Rhode Island, U.S.A.