An Irish priest who designed several churches in the Philippines died on November 23. He was 97 years old.
Father Desmond Morrison, a member of the Missionary Society of St. Columban, commonly known as the Columbans, passed away at Manila Doctors Hospital at 7.06 p.m. Manila time on the feast of St. Columban.
Morrison was born on February 28, 1925. Hailing from Derry, Northern Ireland, he was ordained a priest in 1951 and arrived in the Philippines in 1956.
For many years, he worked as an engineer designing churches in the Columban areas of Mindanao, in the southern Philippines.
The Immaculate Conception Cathedral in the Archdiocese of Ozamis City in northwestern Mindanao was one of his designs.
Since the 1960s, he went into parish work in the Archdiocese of Ozamiz and the Dioceses of Iligan and Pagadian, Philippines.
His advocacy in Natural Family Planning (NFP) started in 1972, and, as the years went by, he became more and more involved in the ministry.
A musician by heart, he loved singing “Baleleng” a Visayan folk song.
The Missionary Society of St. Columban was founded in Ireland in 1917. Initially, it was known as the Maynooth Mission to China. Members include priests, seminarians, or lay workers. - Santosh Digal
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