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Tuesday

Fr. James Small died January 28 at the St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris in Timonium, MD. He was 85.

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A viewing will be held February 1 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, 320 Church Ave., Ephrata, PA 17522.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated February 2 at 11 a.m. at Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

Burial will follow immediately at St. Clement’s Cemetery.

Fr. Small was born June 8, 1927 in Boston. He professed vows as a Redemptorist August 2, 1949, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 20, 1954. He spent almost 30 years as a missionary in Brazil. He returned to the United States in 1985 and in 1986 was assigned to St. Martin of Tours Parish in Bethpage, NY. He moved to Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church/St. Clement’s Mission House in Ephrata, PA in 2000 where he served until 2012 when his health required his reassignment to the St. John Neumann Residence.

Please pray for Fr. Small, and for his family, friends, and Redemptorist confreres who mourn his loss.
Monday

 

Father James Thomas Small, died on January 28, 2013 at the St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris in Timonium, MD after an extended battle with cancer.

Father Small was born on June 8, 1927 in Boston, professed his first vows as a Redemptorist on August 2, 1949 and was ordained on June 20, 1954.

He attended High School at St. Mary’s College, the Redemptorist Preparatory Seminary, in North East, PA. When he finished his novitiate year in Ilchester, MD he went on to complete his theological studies at Mount St. Alphonsus, the Major Seminary in Esopus, NY, where he was ordained.

For nearly all of the first 30 years of his priesthood — 1956 to 1985 — he served generously and diligently on the foreign missions in Brazil. In cities, towns, and remote country villages he preached the word of God in Portuguese and administered the sacraments of the Church to the faithful. His apostolic work brought him to Aquidauana, Ponta Pora, Campo Grande, Paranagua, Curitiba, Santo Antonio, and Telemaco Borba.

In addition to his parochial ministries in South America, he served tirelessly in administrative positions as well. Father Small was Vicar to the first-ever elected Vice Provincial. In this important post he assisted in forging the Constitutions and Statutes for the then-Vice Province of Campo Grande as well as implementing the significant decrees and liturgical reforms brought about by Vatican Council II. Then he served as the Superior of the Redemptorist Seminary in Ponte Grossa.

If I’m not mistaken, Father Jim and Father Bill were the only brothers ever stationed in Brazil at the same time,” reports his contemporary, Father John Devin. “Ordinarily whenever there were two priests from the same family, if one served in South America, the other would be stationed in the Caribbean or Puerto Rico. But the Small brothers, Bill and Jim, whom we affectionately referred to as ‘Prudence and Justice,’ were the exception that proved the rule.

“The life and work in Brazil was tough,” Devin confirms. “But all you had to do was give Fr. Jim a project or a cause and he would be out there doing it with vigor and tenacity.”

“He was certainly dedicated,” agrees fellow missionary Father Frank O’Rourke who also served with him. “During the dog days of sweltering heat that drove most people indoors looking for any possible shade, Father Jim would be outside practicing with the school band, making sure they were marching in precision formation — and he was marching right there with them.”

In 1985, Father Small returned to the United States to continue his priestly service in Redemptorist parishes in Boston, Brooklyn, and for 14 years in Bethpage, NY. Then, with the exception of one year for preaching retreats in Esopus, he was transferred to Pennsylvania where he served in Lancaster and Ephrata for 12 years until failing health brought him to the Neumann Residence.

“He was a very prayerful and very courteous confrere,” declares his twice superior, Father Patrick McGarrity. “When he preached, he would include very interesting and pleasant stories that charmed the congregation. He was a sought-after confessor and people were drawn to him because he was always so helpful. In our community room in Ephrata there are intricate jigsaw puzzles that Father Jim completed and framed. Most thought this was merely a hobby for him, but I know that he deliberately used such techniques to keep his mind engaged and his powers of observation sharp. Whenever anyone did the slightest kindness for him, he was very appreciative and deeply grateful.”

“He was a hard worker, sincere, dedicated and industrious,” attests his classmate, Father Thomas Hickey.

“And always upbeat, even during these final times of his illness,” asserts his confrere, Father Frank Sullivan. “He was a model of acceptance and peace during this last mile of his life. He always told it like it was. Maybe that’s what earned him the nickname: not only speaking the truth plainly but also professing the faith that upholds lives lived in true justice.”

 

Rev. James Small, C.Ss.R.

  • Born: June 8, 1927
  • Professed: August 2, 1949
  • Ordained: June 20, 1954
  • Died: January 28, 2013

 

Services

Viewing
February 1
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wake service at 7 p.m.
Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church
320 Church Ave.
Ephrata, PA 17522

Funeral
February 2
11 a.m.
Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church

Burial
Immediately following in the Redemptorist cemetery at St. Clement’s Mission House, Ephrata.

Sunday

Happy Catholic Schools Week to the eight elementary schools and one high school that are part of our Redemptorist family in the Baltimore Province! Many of our schools are beacons of hope in some very poor and struggling neighborhoods.

St. John Neumann, pray for us!

Immaculate Conception School (Bronx, NY)
Mission Grammar (Boston, MA)
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (Brooklyn, NY)
Our Mother of Perpetual Help School (Ephrata, PA)
St. Gerard School (Lima, OH)
St. Mary’s Elementary & High School (Annapolis, MD)
St. Peter the Apostle School (Philadelphia, PA)
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School (Philadelphia, PA)

 

 

Friday

Fr. John Salamon died January 22 at the St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris in Timonium, MD. He was 93.

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A viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 26 in the main chapel at Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Rd., Timonium, MD.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., and burial will follow immediately at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery in Baltimore, MD.

Fr. Salamon was born July 8, 1919 in New York City. He professed vows as a Redemptorist August 2, 1940, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 17, 1945.

Please pray for Fr. Salamon, and for his family, friends, and Redemptorist confreres who mourn his loss.

 

Tuesday

Father John Joseph Salamon died peacefully on January 22, 2013 at the St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris in Timonium, MD, surrounded by the members of his religious community who were praying for him.

Father Salamon was born on July 8, 1919 in Manhattan, NY, professed his first vows as a Redemptorist on August 2, 1940, was ordained on June 17, 1945 and died on January 22, 2013.

He attended high school at St. Mary’s College, the Redemptorist Preparatory Seminary, in North East, PA. When he finished his novitiate year in Ilchester, MD he went on to complete his theological studies at Mount St. Alphonsus, the major seminary in Esopus, NY, where he was ordained.

From 1946 to 1950 he served in St. Wenceslaus Parish in Baltimore. Then he returned to the Redemptorist Preparatory Seminary as a professor where he taught math courses until 1957. Next he served in parish work again in Baltimore, but this time at the Redemptorist parish of St. James until 1961.

Father Salamon continued his priestly ministry for a brief period in the Vice- Province of San Juan at Holy Cross Parish in Christiansted, St. Croix in the Virgin Islands. Then in 1966 he was transferred to the Vice-Province of Richmond where he served faithfully for more than 30 years.

From 1966 to 1969 he was stationed at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Tampa, FL. For the next seven years he ministered in Orangeburg, SC where he took charge of two of the out-missions from that center. Then he returned to Tampa to continue parish ministry for four more years at OLPH.

In 1980 Father Salamon was stationed with the Redemptorist community at St. Alphonsus Villa in New Smyrna Beach, FL until 1999 when he was transferred back to the Baltimore Province and stationed at the St. John Neumann Residence in Saratoga Springs, NY.

On July 1, 2009 Father Salamon was among the first Redemptorists to take up residence in the newly established St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris in Timonium, MD.

Father Ed Gray, who learned geometry and trigonometry from Father Salamon recalls, “As a professor, Father Salamon was actually quite a character — in the best sense of that term — because during class recitation he always gave students a second chance to solve problems correctly. I can’t say for sure, but I doubt that he ever flunked anyone during his tenure at North East. He appeared to have something of a gruff exterior but he was actually the soul of kindness on the inside, and that was side that came across to all of us.”

Another former student, Father Bill Spillane, explains, “When we were learning math, the Korean War was in full blaze at the time. So Father Salamon would take a few minutes of class time to keep us up-to-date on current events while explaining how the ancient Egyptians used rope stretchers to take accurate measurements in the past! He was a gentle prof who certainly knew how to solve the most difficult equations at the blackboard, even if we couldn’t.”

“Here in the south,” says current Vice-Provincial of Richmond, Father Jerome Chavarria, “one of the vital apostolates performed by the confreres stationed at the Villa is called ‘swing’ man. Although these confreres are semi-retired, they cover the weekend liturgies at remote parishes so that other clergy can have some vacation time. Father Salamon was a generous ‘swing’ man when he came to New Smyrna.

“And while some confreres would kid him about collecting new shoes, socks, and watches to give away,” continues Father Jerome, “he was also a gatherer of souls as well. I followed him to several assignments and the people always spoke highly of his service and his joy.”

“He was very quiet at Saratoga,” admits his final superior, Father Gerard Szymkowiak. “But even the onset of dementia here in Timonium brought him a spontaneous gift of singing. He was especially fond of patriotic songs and wasn’t opposed to combining adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with strains of ‘God Bless America.’ I’m sure he is singing joyful anthems with the angels even now.”

 

Rev. John Salamon, C.Ss.R.

  • Born: July 8, 1919
  • Professed: August 2, 1940
  • Ordained: June 17, 1945
  • Died: January 22, 2013

 

Services

Viewing
January 26
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Main chapel
Stella Maris
2300 Dulaney Valley Rd.
Timonium, MD
 

Funeral
January 26
11 a.m.
Main chapel, Stella Maris

Burial
Immediately following at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery, Baltimore, MD