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Rev Edward Patrick Dowling

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Rev Edward Patrick Dowling

Birth
St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Death
3 Apr 1960 (aged 61)
Tennessee, USA
Burial
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA GPS-Latitude: 38.7084048, Longitude: -90.23949
Plot
Section: 033 Lot: 0022
Memorial ID
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Born to Irish parents, in the Baden section of St. Louis. He had a flair for writing, and was a reporter for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat from 1917 to 1918 before serving as a private in the U.S. Army during World War I. He attended the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University for a year but finally chose his life's calling in 1919 by entering the Jesuit St. Stanislaus Novitiate in Florissant, Missouri. He was ordained in 1931 and took his last vows as a spiritual coadjutor in the Society of Jesus in 1936. "Father Ed" Dowling was buried on Apr 03 1960.

Father Dowling was a Jesuit Priest widely known for his work in the Summer Schools of Catholic Action, held in about 25 American and Canadian cities. He also was a champion and sponsor of Alcoholics Anonymous, and served as the spiritual advisor for Bill W, one of the co-founders of the program of AA. The ex-newspaperman, announced to his fellow reporters in an all night cafe that he would be entering the Jesuit seminary the very next day. An astounded staff member volunteered to drive the young newsman to the seminary. The next day he left for the seminary wearing his favorite candy-striped silk shirt. A few days later the shirt was being used to swab the floors of the seminary building. Father Dowlings spiritual guidance was critical to the continued growth of Alcoholics Anonymous and its founder Bill W.

Father Dowling is buried in Lot 33, Sec 0022 among the Jesuits. He had originally been buried at St. Stanislaus Seminary before it was torn down and his body was moved. There is some dispute,especially among the local Jesuit Historical Society that no bodies were actually moved.
Born to Irish parents, in the Baden section of St. Louis. He had a flair for writing, and was a reporter for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat from 1917 to 1918 before serving as a private in the U.S. Army during World War I. He attended the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University for a year but finally chose his life's calling in 1919 by entering the Jesuit St. Stanislaus Novitiate in Florissant, Missouri. He was ordained in 1931 and took his last vows as a spiritual coadjutor in the Society of Jesus in 1936. "Father Ed" Dowling was buried on Apr 03 1960.

Father Dowling was a Jesuit Priest widely known for his work in the Summer Schools of Catholic Action, held in about 25 American and Canadian cities. He also was a champion and sponsor of Alcoholics Anonymous, and served as the spiritual advisor for Bill W, one of the co-founders of the program of AA. The ex-newspaperman, announced to his fellow reporters in an all night cafe that he would be entering the Jesuit seminary the very next day. An astounded staff member volunteered to drive the young newsman to the seminary. The next day he left for the seminary wearing his favorite candy-striped silk shirt. A few days later the shirt was being used to swab the floors of the seminary building. Father Dowlings spiritual guidance was critical to the continued growth of Alcoholics Anonymous and its founder Bill W.

Father Dowling is buried in Lot 33, Sec 0022 among the Jesuits. He had originally been buried at St. Stanislaus Seminary before it was torn down and his body was moved. There is some dispute,especially among the local Jesuit Historical Society that no bodies were actually moved.


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