Thursday, May 25, 2006

Minnesota-Born Missionary Credited With Preserving Balinese Culture Dies At 84

DENPASAR, Indonesia (UCAN) -- An American-born Divine Word missioner who served for 56 years in Bali province, and who had been honored for his work in preserving Balinese culture, died at the age of 84 of natural causes on May 8.

The May 9 requiem Mass for Father Norbert Anthony Shadeg at Holy Trinity Church in Tuka was led by Bishop Benyamin Bria of Denpasar, who eulogized the priest in his homily. "A great figure has gone. He brought Christian values to this island. He is not just a Catholic priest, but also an expert on Balinese culture," the bishop said.
Father Shadeg was born in Minnesota, the United States, on Dec. 10, 1921, the third of 14 siblings. He was ordained a Divine Word priest on April 23, 1949, in Chicago, and assigned to serve in Bali, Indonesia, seven months later. He arrived in Bali on July 20, 1950. [snip] Indian Catholic

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