Thursday Feb, 09 2023 02:09:45 AM

Irish priest who designed some churches in Mindanao dies at 97

Church • 08:45 AM Sun Nov 27, 2022
Father Desmond Morrison, SSC (February 28, 1925 – November 23, 2022).

MANILA - An Irish priest who is credited for designing several churches in southern Philippines died on Nov. 23, the feast of their congregation’s founder, St. Columban.

Fr. Desmond Morrison passed away at Manila Doctors Hospital at around 7am.

At 97, he was the oldest Columban priest in the Philippines at the time of his death.

Born in Ireland’s northern city of Derry, Desmond was an engineer by profession before he was ordained priest in 1951. He arrived in the Philippines in 1956.

For some years, he was engaged in designing a number of churches in Columban areas in Mindanao.

Among his designs was the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Ozamiz City.

From the 1960s, he went into parish work in the Archdiocese of Ozamiz and the dioceses of Iligan and Pagadian.

His advocacy in Natural Family Planning started in 1972 and, as the years went by, became more and more involved in the ministry.

The Columban mission in the Philippines started in 1929 when three of its missionaries arrived in the country in response to urgent pleas for priests.

Over the next 10 years, more Columbans were sent to take over vast areas on the islands of Luzon and Mindanao.

Army Special Forces at MILF, muntikan nang magkaputukan sa Lanao del Sur

COTABATO CITY - MUNTIKAN NANG MAGKASAGUPA ang Philippine Army Special Forces at mga kasapi ng Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces o BIAF, ang armed wing...

2 most wanted persons ng Aleosan, naaresto ng PNP

GEN. SANTOS CITY -  Personnel of this PRO successfully arrested top 1 and top 2 Most Wanted Person (Municipal Level) in Sitio Simsiman, Barangay...

Lanao Sur cops foil P850K worth shabu delivery

COTABATO CITY - Policemen seized P850,000 worth of shabu from two men intercepted Monday at a checkpoint in Maguing , Lanao del Sur.  Brig....

DILG central office cites Lamitan LGU for efficient fund handing

COTABATO CITY - For its efficient handling of funds, Lamitan City got a 2022 Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping (SGFH) citation from the...

3 BIFF nasawi, mga armas at bala nasamsam

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao del Norte – Tatlo ang nasawi habang isa ang sugatan mula sa mga myembro ng BIFF-Karialan Faction sa operasyong ginawa ng...