My mentor, Fr. Schuler. Although he was a monsignor since 1970, he always signed his name: "Fr. Schuler."
Seminarian friends in 1941: Monsignor Lavin, Monsignor Schuler, and Monsignor Dulac.
Photo taken at the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota (incidentally, the same seminary that Archbishop Sheen graduated from in 1919, and where he frequently returned to preach retreats).
I was privileged to know all three of these eminent men of learning and holiness. Nicest guys you could ever imagine. Princes among men.
I can still remember Mons. Dulac giving lowly old me the pax at Solemn High Mass when I was an altar boy.
These men loved the priesthood of Jesus Christ. They loved the Church. They were very good at being priests. They also gave their lives to the College of St. Thomas (today the University of St. Thomas). They believed firmly in Catholic education.
May their reward be heaven. We, their spiritual sons and heirs, continue their legacy. They gave their lives for the salvation of souls.
I live for the day this great man will be canonized saint.
Richard Cardinal Cushing of Boston had this to say of him: "I believe Bishop James Edward Walsh is the finest missionary to go forth from America in my lifetime."
Bishop Walsh spent his life as a missioner in China. At age 28 he was named superior of the Maryknoll Fathers in China. At age 36 he was consecrated bishop on Shangchuan Island, where St. Francis Xavier, the glorious Apostle to the Indies, died in 1552.
After the Communists took control of China in 1948, Bishop Walsh spent twelve years in solitary confinement in a Communist prison. His is a precious witness. I wish Maryknoll would publish in books the papers of Fr. Price and the other earlier missionaries. Their lives were fascinating beyond belief.
"So he sounded the alarm, loudly and repeatedly, inveighing against the
Winnipeg Statement and all its pomps and works. By the 1990s, one heard
jokes that there was no subject — from divine revelation to recipe books
— that Msgr. Foy could not relate to the Winnipeg Statement. His dogged
fidelity prevailed, and in 2008, the Canadian bishops consigned the
Winnipeg Statement to history with a new document celebrating Humanae Vitae’s 40th
anniversary, Liberating Potential, which called upon Catholics to
“discover or rediscover” the wisdom of Paul VI and the Church’s
"For decades he has fearlessly articulated and defended the teachings of
the Church – in a time of moral and doctrinal chaos in the Church in
Canada. He is best known for his untiring defense of Catholic teachings
on marriage and family life, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae vitae. His efforts have earned him a papal commendation and the Pro-life Man of the Year Award."
"The Communists now attempted to force the men to spy on the members of the Bureau, but Bishop Walsh and his priests protected both the servants and themselves by conversing entirely in Latin. Whenever they forgot themselves and spoke in Chinese, the servants would plead, 'Please to keep on talking Latin.' The embattled priests even played gin rummy in Latin. Their library had been closed and cards were their only means of relaxation after supper. Bishop Walsh would spin a card down the table and announce, 'Ego habeo reginam rhomborum.' ('I have the queen of clubs.') The servants, when questioned now by the Reds, could truthfully say they understood not a word spoken by the priests."