Silver and Golden Jubilarians

(L-R) Fr Patrick McMullan, Fr Leo Schumacher, Fr Francis Carey and Fr John Hishon.

Silver Jubilarian, Fr Patrick (Pat) McMullan

Fr Patrick (Pat) McMullan was ordained priest on December 12, 1987 by Bishop Leonard Boyle of Dunedin in St Patrick’s Basilica, Oamaru, New Zealand. He arrived in Korea in September 1988 and has spent most the following 25 years there. Fr Pat has worked with the urban poor, farmers, people with special needs and justice and peace work.

At one time he became very popular through appearing on an English language religious programme called “Hello Father” on the Catholic TV channel in Seoul. He has also spent several periods of study in New Zealand and Australia including studying Political Science at Victoria University, Wellington.

Fr Patrick is the son Of William And Joan Mary Mcmullan of Oamaru, New Zealand. He prepared for the priesthood at the Columban seminary, Turramurra, New South Wales which included a two year period of overseas mission experience in Korea before ordination.

Silver Jubilarian, Fr Leo Schumacher

Fr Leo Schumacher was ordained priest on December 5, 1987 by Bishop Peter Cullinane of Palmerston North, in his home parish of the Immaculate Conception, Stratford, New Zealand. Soon after in 1988 he was appointed to Japan.
Twenty five years later, Fr Leo is the Columban Regional Director in Japan. As well as serving in a number of parishes in Japan, Fr Leo has also been involved in a sister-church project between the Archdiocese of Tokyo and the Catholic Church in Myanmar. This involved various trips to Myanmar.

Fr Leo is the son of Terence and Margaret Schumacher of Stratford, New Zealand. He prepared for the priesthood at the Columban seminary, Turramurra, NSW and had two years of overseas mission experience in Japan before ordination.

Golden Jubilarian, Fr Francis Carey

Fr Francis (Frank) Carey was ordained by the Archbishop Tweedy of Hobart on December 13, 1962 in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, Victoria. He arrived in the Philippines in September 1963.

He has spent most of his 50 years of priesthood in the Philippines. He also spent some years of service in Australia as chaplain to overseas students, vocations Co-ordinator and doing mission promotion and education in the dioceses of Rockhampton, Canberra/Goulburn and Armidale.

In 1996, Fr Francis was a Co-founder of the Centre for Ecozoic Living and Learning (CELL) and the Eco-Farm Retreat Centre outside Manila. This Centre demonstrates permaculture and organic farming and zero waste management in place of landfill.

Fr Francis is the son of Paul and Marion Carey, of Melbourne, Victoria. He trained for the priesthood in Sassafras, Victoria and Wahroonga and Turramurra, NSW.

He currently resides in the Filipino mountain city of Baguio.

Golden Jubilarian, Fr John Hishon

Fr John Hishon was ordained priest by the Auxiliary Bishop of Wellington, Bishop Owen Sneddon, on December 2, 1962 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Christchurch, New Zealand.

He arrived in the Philippines in September 1963 and has spent most of the following 50 years working in Mindanao in the southern Philippines. He has also served in Australia and New Zealand as Regional Bursar and House Manager and Superior at St Columban’s, Essendon.

Redemptorist seminarian Julius Malacas, grew up in the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Linamon, in the Filipino province of Lanao del Norte, when Fr John was parish priest there. He writes to Fr John, “Growing up, I had you as my model and inspiration. I was attracted to become a priest because of the life you have witnessed to. The seeds that the Columban Missionaries have planted are indeed bearing much fruit in Linamon.”

Fr John is the son of Richard And Alice Hishon of Isla bank, southland, New Zealand. He prepared for the priesthood at sassafras, Victoria, Wahroonga and Turramurra, New South Wales. He currently resides at st Columban’s, Essendon, Victoria.

We congratulate them on their anniversaries to the priesthood.

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