FR. JOSEPH TASCHNER, SVD TURNS 60 AS A MISSIONARY IN THE PHILIPPINES!

Fr. Taschner's add-on1“Fr. Joseph Taschner, SVD, now 88,  celebrated his 60th ordination anniversary on September 25 at the Mary Consolatrix of the Eucharist chapel  in Angin, Naguilian, La Union.

Bishop Artemio Rillera of the Diocese of San Fernando of La Union, in his short message before the final blessing, thanked Fr. Taschner for his “gift of priesthood to the Philippines.”  Present during the Concelebrated Mass  were PHN Provincial Fr. Jerome Adriatico, SVD, Fr. Emil Pati, SVD, Fr. Elmer Loreto, SVD, Fr. Macario Apuya, SVD, Fr. Nick Vergara, SVD, Fr. Manolito Baroña, SVD, and Fr. Andy Cosalan, a former student of Fr. Taschner at Immaculate Conception School of Theology (ICST) in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. People he helped through the years, particularly from Vigan, also came.

He first served as Chaplain of the Sisters of Mary Consolatrix Monastery in Naguilian, La Union since 1988. The congregation’s founder, Mother Marie Alexis de Jesus Pacis, 91, considers Fr. Taschner as  co-founder of her congregation which has the special task of praying for the Church hierarchy, the Holy Father, Bishops, priests and religious. The congregation was founded in 1976.

Short Biography of Fr. Joseph Taschner, SVD

Fr. Joseph Taschner is the eldest of five children to a family of farmers in Austria. At ten, he already wanted to become a priest, but poverty, and a sick mother held him back. His teacher told him, “If God wants you to become a priest, and you want it, God will give you the money.”

A year later, he was “tentatively” accepted at the minor seminary of St. Rupert of the Society of the Divine Word. He was only asked to pay a small part of the tuition fee.

In June of 1939, he entered the novitiate of the SVD in Western Germany. By March 1941, together with other seminarians, he was called to the military service. He was assigned near Moscow, nursing wounded soldiers near the frontlines and served as interpreter of the Russian language. In 1945, he got wounded and was brought to a hospital in Denmark where he remained until the end of the war, and became a prisoner of war to the English Armed Forces.

Fr. Taschner  took his first religious vow on March 6, 1941, and was allowed to renew them every year, before two fellow soldiers as witnesses.

In October 1945, he went back to the seminary in St. Augustine where he continued his novitiate and his second year of Philosophy. When he finished his novitiate in June 1946, and had taken his final exams in Philosophy, he was transferred to the seminary in St. Gabriel for his studies in Theology. With five others, he was ordained priest on September 25, 1949.” (Article: Courtesy of PHN Website)Photos: Phnmission

Confreres celebrates with Fr. TaschnerBishop Rillera & Fr. TascnherFr. Joseph & Fr. MackyFr. Noli, Bishop artemio & Fr. Josephwith the Consolatrix SistersFr. Joseph Taschner, SVD

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