[photo] Rev George Dixon, pastor of St Mary's Catholic Church, Upper Pittston, celebrated 25th anniversary of his ordination today. Member of a class of five priests who were ordained at Carbondale 4 Oct 1895 by Rt Rev M J hoban. Other members of the class were Dr JW Malone, deceased; Rev Bernard O'Byrne, deceased; Rev D W McArthy (sic) of Wilkes-Barre and Rev PE Lavelle of Minooka. Shortly after ordination, assigned to St John's Church, Pittston, as a curate, where he remained until 1900, when transferred to St Rose, Carbondale. In 1903 became pastor of the church at Overton, Bradford County. In 1908 was transferred to Blossburg, where he remained until 1917 when he was assigned to St Mary's in Upper Pittston.
[photo of Jadot's arrival at airport] Most Rev Thomas V Dolinay was ordained auxilliary bishop of the Byzantine Catholic diocese of Passaic in Scranton today. Present at the solemn ceremony this afternoon in St Peter's Cathedral were numerous members of the clergy, including bishops of both Eastern and Western Rites. Archbishop Jean Jadot, Apostolic Delegate to the US, presided as the representative of Pope Paul VI. Jadot was also in Scranton on 21 Sep for the ordination of Most Rev James C Timlin as auxilliary bishop of diocese of Scranton. Dolinay, 53, is a native of Uniontown; former editor of "Eastern Catholic Life" diocesan newspaper. Ordained in 1948; served at St Mary's in Johnstown, St Pius X in South Hills Pittsburgh, & St John's in Pottstown. Most recent assignment at St John's in Bridgeport CT.
Ordination as bishop conducted in Scranton instead of Passaic because this is the geographical area where the new bishop is to be assigned -- to be stationed at St Mary's in Wilkes-Barre. Archbishop Stephen J Kocisko of the Munhall archdiocese scheduled to be the principal celebrant & consecrator. Coconsecrators are Passaic bishop Michael J Dudick & Parma bishop Emil J Mihalik. Concelebrants of the liturgy include Toronto auxilliary bishop Michael Rusnak & Munhall auxilliary bishp John Bilock. Other concelebrants: Msgr Paul Firczak, pastor of SS Peter & Paul in Bethlehem; Msgr Michael Hrebin, pastor of Ascension in Clairton; Msgr Joseph Jackanich, pastor of St John's in Hazleton; Msgr John K Powell, pastor of St Mary's in Scranton; and Msgr Judson M Procyk, pastor of St Mary's in Trenton; Revs George Billy, pastor of St George in Newark; Joseph Erdei, superior of the Basilian Fathers in Matawan NJ; Robert Ference, pastor of St Theresa's in St Petersburg FL; Anthony Skarla, provinicial superior at Holy Dormtion Monastery in Sybertsville; and Robert Senetsky, pastor of SS Peter & Paul in Peekskill NY. Chaplains for Archbishop Jadot were Msgr John Koval, pastor of St Mary's in Hazelton & Msgr Andrew Pataki, rector of SS Cyril & Methodius Seminary in Pittsburgh. Chaplains for Bishop Dolinay were Msgr Ernest Dunda, pastor of St John's in Pittsburgh & Msgr Basil Shereghy, pastor of Transfiguration in McKeesport.
[photo] All Dunmore today mourns the death early this morning of Rev M B Donlan, pastor of St Mary of Mt Carmel church for the past twenty years or more. The end came suddenly following an attack of paralysis early last evening, so that very few of the people of the borough ever knew that the beloved pastor of St Mary's was ill and the news of his death was a shock to everyone. With Father Donlan when he died was Rt Rev Bishop Hoban and a number of other priests who had heard of his illness and hurried to his bedside. His two sisters, Miss Anna C and Salome Donlan, who made there home with Father Donlan, and two nieces and a nephew, Mary, Florence and Gerald Donlan, were also present when the end came. Father Donlan's health has not been the best for some months back, but no serious results were anticipated. Yesterday he was about the parish house and church as usual and last night after dinner was sitting in his study reading when he suffered the stroke. Fathers Cawley and Corrigan, curates at St Mary's, were i the house at the time and hastily summoned Drs Garvey and Bernstein. The physicians realized that there wass little hope of recovery and Bishop Hoban wa immediathely notified. Without delay Bishop Hoban and several other priests from the Cathedral hurried to Dunmore, and last rites of te church were given the dying priest. Father Donlan lingered on unconscious until death relieved him shortly before 2 o'clock this morning. Father Donlan was born in England fifty years ago. His parents were Patrick and Mary Donlan, and they emigrated to America when the future pastor of St Mary's was a small child, settling at Mt Carmel, this state. There he received his early education, going to Mt St Mary's seminary to prepare himself for the priesthood. He was ordained 24 years ago by the late Bishop O'Hara, and assigned as a curate to St Mary's church. Rev Gerald McMurray was then pastor of St Mary's. A few years later Father McMurray died, and the popular curate was named as pastor. He has remained at St Mary's ever since, so that he enjoyed the distinction of being one of the few priests of the diocese who was connected with but one congregation during his lifetime as a priest.. St Mary's church building had been built by Father McMurray, but since Father Donlan's pastorate he has completely remodeled and renovated it until today it is one of the most substantial and beautiful in the whole diocese. A new organ has been installed, three magnificent marble altars built, new marble altar railing put in and the interior redecorated. Besides this he erected a handsome residence, which just at present is being remodeled. No pastor was ever more solicitous for the welfare and comfort of his flock than Father Donlan. He took an active and kindly interest in all the Catholic societies of his parish and was ever ready to guide and direct them. The church societies of St Mary's were active and zealous and he saw to it that the needs of the poor of the parish were cared for. Personally he was a lovable man, a priest of God who had but one mission on earth to love and serve his master and direct the footsteps of the members of his flock in the way of righteousness. Everyone in Dunmore and out of it loved him and a general intention is expressed today by all the business places in the borough to close stores and shops during the time of the funeral on Friday morning. Father Donlan is survived by his parents, who live in Shamokin; two brothers, Thomas J of Shamokin and P Leo Donlan of Elizabeth NJ; three sisters, Mrs William Blank of Newark NJ; Misses Anna C and Salome Donlan, who made their home with him. Besides Bishop Hoban the priests at Father Donlan's beside (sic) when he died were Rev M E Loftus, Dr. Loughran, Father Crane, Father Donnelly, Father Boland, and Fathers Cawley and Corrigan of St Mary's. The funeral will be held on Friday morning from the parish house with a solemn pontifical high mass at St Mary's at an hour yet to be fixed. The societies of the parish will meet within the next few days to take action on Father Donlan's death and appoint guards of honor for the time the remains will lie in state. This evening the Cadets societies of the parish of which Father Donlan was spiritual director, will meet to take action. The meeting will be held in the church parlors at 7.30 o'clock.
Rev Edward F Drabik, retired PNCC priest, died Mon at Mercy Hospital after an illness. Born in Scranton, son of the late Anthony & Regina Szczerra Drabik, graduate of Central High School. Attended Scranton Lackawanna Business College, University of Scranton and New York University. Completed theological studies at Savonarola Seminary, Scranton. Ordained in Sep 1954 by the late Right Rev John Misiaszek. Pastor of Resurrection of Christ Church, Camden, NJ, 1954-1990. During the '70s, also served for several years as pastor of St Anthony's PNCC, Philadelphia. As youth, took active part in church activities: president of Defender Society, member of Young Men's Society of Resurrection, Frederick Chopin Choir and participant in Annual YMSR Track and Field meets. Survived by brother, John of Scranton; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by two brothers, Anthony and Frank. Funeral Thurs. from Leon S. Gorgol FH, 1131 Pittston Ave, St Stanislaus Polish National Catholic Cathedral; parish cemetery, Minooka section.
Thurs 12 Oct 2000; concelebrated by Right Rev Casimir Grotnik, Very Rev William Chromey and the Rev Anthony Mikovsky. Pallbearers: Joseph Kobar, George Evans, Edward Gregorek, Kevin McConloque, Robert Thomas Jr and Donald McIlwee.