|Birth: ||Dec. 27, 1876|
St. Louis City
|Death: ||Oct. 2, 1960|
Edward Francis Garesche obtained a law degree from Washington University and practiced before the bar for two years before entering the Society of Jesus. Although a prolific writer, whose books and pamphlets sold in the millions, Father Garesché's claim to a place in American Church history lay in the many services he rendered in the medical missions. He founded the International Catholic Guild of Nurses, two missionary communities and is especially remembered for the vast amount of medical supplies he was able to send to the missions through various organizations he founded or worked for.
Fr. Garesché was a priest blessed with great spiritual strength. "God tries us with disappointments, obstacles, difficulties of all kinds," he would say, "to see how we will bear the cross and preserve. Let us pray frequently: Truthful God, we believe in You, Faithful God, we hope in You, Lovable God, we love You and therefore, we sorrow for all sin."
Speaking of the medical missions, Pope Pius XII once said, "These are to our mind the fairest flowers of missionary endeavor; they give us, as it were, a vision of the Divine Redeemer Himself." Inspired by these words, Father Garesche founded the Sons of Mary Missionaries in 1952 and dedicated us to Our Lady, Health of the Sick.
Rev. Edward Garesche, S.J. was the first President and Director of Catholic Medical Mission Board, and served in that role until 1960.
Fr. Garesche moved the offices of the Catholic Medical Mission Board to their current location, 10 West 17th Street in Manhattan, in 1929, and led CMMB through the Great Depression – a time when fundraising was anything but easy.
The CMMB grew in leaps and bounds under Fr. Garesche's leadership. In 1929, the charity shipped $50,000 worth of medicine and supplies to the developing world. By 1960, the year Fr. Garesche passed away, more than $3.5 million was shipped.
Requiescat in pace!
Alexander J.B. Garesche (1850 - 1916)
Caroline C Dietrich Garesche (1850 - 1900)
Note: Father Garesche was initially buried in Weston College (re-named Campion Center) Society of Jesus Cemetery in Weston, MA. His remains were re-interred in St Stephen's Cemetery in 1991.
Saint Stephens Cemetery
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Record added: Jun 14, 2012
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