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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Father Mulhauser Re-Connects with Colleagues in Guam

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Pictured from left to right: Fr. Thomas B. McGrath, S.J., from Guam; Fr. Kenneth Urumolug, S.J., from Satawal; Fr. John Hagileiram, S.J., regional superior, from Yap; Fr. Eddy Anthony, S.J., from Indonesia; and Fr. Dan Mulhauser, S.J. 

As the twin-engine Beechcraft touched down on the island  of  Falalop in the western Pacific, passenger Daniel Mulhauser, S.J. noticed that the airport outside his window doubled also as the post office. Thus began his June 2009 visit to the fascinating Ulithi atoll, which secretly served as the world’s largest U.S. Naval base for about seven months during World War II. Once known for its “Murderer’s Row” and its sunken (leaking) oil tanker, the region now braces to face the impacts of sea-water change.
Freshly “retired” as Le Moyne's chaplain to the alumni, (he notes with characteristic wit: “retirement just means they aren’t paying me anymore for doing the same things”), Father Dan’s purpose on this trip was to participate in the ordination of Kelly Yalmadau and Moses Tashibelit, two of his former students who have now become fellow priests. Father Dan served as director of a small seminary, St. Ignatius House of Studies, on Guam, from 1980-86 and from 1998-2002. His friendship with these two men dates from his later years there.

Traditional dances by both men and women’s groups were performed at the ordination. 

Too small to even be depicted on most maps, Falalolp (pop. 700) is described by Wikipedia as “the most accessible" of the four inhabited islands out of the forty islets which comprise the Ulithi atoll in the  Caroline Islands. 

It was on Falalop that the ceremony took place, presided over by Cardinal Roger Mahony from Los Angeles. Bishop Amando Samo of the Caroline Islands  was the ordaining prelate. The Episcopal Vicar for Yap State , the Rev. Kenneth Urumolug, S.J., from the island  of Satawal , and the Rev. John Hagileiram, S.J., from Yap , assisted. Both the ceremony and the celebration afterward incorporated key elements and symbols from local religious practices, including Ulithi stick dancing by women and men in grass skirts. 

This sense of the Society’s respect for the diversity of religious expression in the world is certainly a theme that Le Moyne students would appreciate, based upon their studies in the College’s core curriculum. And those of our students and faculty who study global patterns of climate change, including rising sea levels globally, and water surges (with attendant salt water damage to taro crops) in the Micronesian region specifically, will appreciate the light which Father Dan’s trip sheds on our interdependent, global ecosystem.  Read more about Ulithi: its World War II history and the impact on the island of climate change.

comment By miriam r. chin @ Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:04 AM
Hi, Father Dan,
Was very happy to find you on facebook. Several times I have thought about you, Father Felix and our tennis.
Hope you come to Palau sometime in the future.

miriam chin

comment By Gary Tozzi @ Wednesday, November 20, 2013 2:36 AM
Fr. Dan;
You were my Spiritual Advisor back at Fordham in 1979. I was in the early stages of exploring God's plans for me and I believe he led me to the Jesuits at Fordham to pursue and investigate a place to share my gifts and blessings. You were a very important art of that process and I wanted to thank you after all of these years for your direction. My love for Yeshua has grown and expanded over these many years and I have been able to take his blessings and share them with others understanding the true meaning of Agape love. Many thanks to you Fr. Dan for your direction Christian love.
Many blessings.

Gary Tozzi
Seton Hall University/'78

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