Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Remembering Our Bishop, Joseph W. Reagan

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Remembering Our Bishop, Joseph W. Reagan

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KROEGER, JAMES,M M.M. Remembering Our Bishop, Joseph W.Regan,M.M. (Quezon City, Philippines: Claretian Publications. [Distributed by Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers; PO, Box 80938; 8000 Davao City, Philippines]. 1998. Pp. viii, 235. Paperback.)

This book is not meant to be a scholarly biography, but to provide "resources" for such. This it does in a way which informs, inspires, and entertains, and will be of value not only to those interested in Bishop Regan, but in the Philippine Church, in Maryknoll, and in mission in general.

Leaving for China after his ordination in 1929, Regan spent twenty-two years there, until his expulsion in 1951. After some months of recuperation, he led a group of Maryknollers to a new mission in the Philippines. After a few years working in Luzon, the Maryknollers left for Mindanao to take over two provinces from the PME Fathers of Quebec, Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental, whose joint territory comprised a larger area than any diocese in the Philippines, Here the Holy See established the prelature nullius of Tagum, and Regan was ordained its bishop a few years later.

When Maryknoll took over this vast territory, there were no roads, no bridges, no hospital, not a single high school. In addition to the 120,000 nonChristian mountain peoples, many more thousands of settlers kept pouring in, seeking land and fleeing from the Communist-led insurrection in Luzon. …

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