Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Father Joseph L. Bates
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 Material Information
Title: Funeral Booklet for Father Joseph L. Bates
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Estate of Father Joseph L. Bates
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
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Subject: Bates, Joseph L, Fr.
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Caribbean
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Abstract: The Enid M. Baa Library of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) has acquired an extensive collection of memorial booklets since the early 1970's for U. S. Virgin Islands residents. Booklets are usually more than 10 pages long and give details of the life and family connections of the deceased.
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300053
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: Enid M. Baa Library and Archives, Virgin Islands Department of Libraries, University of the Virgin Islands
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.

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Mass of Thanksgiving


For the Life and Ministry
of
Rev. Joseph L. Bates, S.V.D.
28th June, 1917 28th January, 1995

A Divine Word Missionary to China,
the Philippines, the Caribbean











"When you read this, or think of me, please thank God with me and
for me for fifty-five years in the religious and missionary life in the
Society of the Divine Word (S.V.D.) and for fifty years of special graces
in the Priesthood of the Catholic Church! and at the same time help me
to ask pardon for the many ways in which I turned against God's Holy
Will. Thank You!"




Wednesday 1st February, 1995
3:00 pm
Mary, Star of the Sea
East End, Tortola, B.V.I.

'f_ -M CIiII 'S





Order of Service


2 pm viewing ............................................Instrumentals Jean Mathurin

Blessing of the Body .....................................Very Rev. Frank Power, S.V.D.
Entrance Hymn .........................................................Enter into Jerusalem"
Opening Prayer ......................................................Most Rev. Donald Reece
First Reading............................Wisdom 3: 1-9 ................... Tonya Wright
Responsorial Psalm ..........................."Father I Put My Life In Your Hands"
Second Reading ....................Romans 14: 7-12................Vimbai Mutepha
Gospel Acclamation ...............................................................Jean Mathurin
Alleluia Liturgical Dance .......................................JudyAnn Barretto
Gospel ........................... John 11-6 ..................... Rev. Bob Flinn, S.V.D.
Homily ...... ........................................Very Rev. Kevin OTool. S.V.D.
Prayers of the Faithful .............................................................Monica Allen
Collection ...................................Catholic Youth Steel Band All to Jesus"
Offertory Procession ............... .........................................Father Lord"
Preparation of the Gifts ....... ......................................Blessed Be God"
"Holy, Holy, Holy .......................................................................Hosannah"
Eucharistic Acclamation ........................................... Dying He Destroyed"
Amen
Our Father
Sign of Peace ................ Peace I Leave With You"
Lamb of God
Communion .......................................................... One Bread, One Body"
"You Shall Cross The Barren Desert"
Meditation Catholic Youth Choir ........................"I Watch The Sun Rise"
Recessional Hymn ................................."Tell Of My Love For The Islands"

Graveside Ceremony






Tributes



Father Joseph Bates was born in Watkins, St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1917.
He was the last of fourteen children and grew up on a farm managed by his
parents, who were Polish immigrants to the United States just after the first
World War. He was very devoted to his mother from whom he appeared to
have gained a fervent religious desire and it was not surprise to her when he
announced at the age of 20, that he would become a member of the Society
of the Divine Word. In 1944, he was ordained a priest in the same Order
and fulfilled his first missionary assignment by spending a few years in
China, where he was once imprisoned for his beliefs.
Later, Father Bates spent 30 years in the Philippines where he founded
Divine Ward College in Legazpi and did other missionary work. Last sum-
mer he celebrated his 50th year as a priest, by returning to the SVD
Seminary in Chicago and was later hosted at a full weekend of celebrations
in Rancho Cucamonga, California, by the Alumni Association of the Holy
Name College in the Philippines. Many of Father Bates' students travelled
from Manila and from around the United States to be with him on that very
special occasion. In 1979, Father Bates came to the Caribbean where he
served the Church in the Diocese of St. John's Basseterre in several islands:
Antigua, St. Kitts, Montserrat and lastly, Tortola where he became the third
residential Pastor of St. William's in 1989.
In his many years as a missionary he had often been called upon to use
his building skills and these he again used in order to assist in the design and
construction of a second Catholic Church on Tortola at East End, which he
called Mary, Star of the Sea. The Catholic community of the Virgin Islands
is greatly indebted to Father as a vibrant Pastor in all its aspects. He was espe-
cially solicitous of children and youth and his contribution to the develop-
ment of the Youth Ministry is a testimony to a seasoned missionary forever
young at heart.
His missionary work was fostered and supported by very generous dona-
tions from his family and from close personal friends for which the local
church is exceedingly grateful. He would not wish us to say anymore except
to say, "Thanks, Fr. Joseph Bates!"
Until 29th December 1994, Father Bates remained active, busy and
deeply involved in all our lives. He will be greatly missed.




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