I was very happy to visit my Uncle George for his 84th Birthday at Notre Dame this past week. Our family is very proud of his ministry as a Holy Cross priest serving in Bangladesh for 56 years. Uncle George served the people faithfully until this year, when his health has forced him into retirement at Holy Cross House at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
Uncle George began missionary work in East Pakistan and in 1964 survived the stabbing of a bayonet from a soldier, during a time of warfare that established Bangladesh as a separate nation. Uncle George served in many capacities as a priest, but saw the need for better health care in this very poor country. He was honored to know Mother Teresa who inspired his work in Bangladesh. Uncle George began a new apostolate starting a sick shelter and offering pastoral care of the sick in hospitals. This became known as the Nevin Clinic. His other great contribution was the spiritual direction for seminarians and his chaplaincy for Sisters. Uncle George loves Bangladesh and served there until this year when his health no longer allowed him to continue. During our stay we had a surprise visit from four Holy Cross Sisters from Bangladesh who were at an international conference at Notre Dame. George remembered them fondly, and they had great admiration for him.
My brother Mike Clem wrote a song honoring our Uncle George and his wonderful work serving the poor in Bangladesh. It is called From Dacca, and is performed by his folk music group Eddie From Ohio and a sample can be found with this Amazon link.
HOLY CROSS HOUSE
Holy Cross House is a wonderful retirement community on the campus of Notre Dame University serving the retired priests and bothers with nursing care and spiritual supports. They have a very caring staff which offers health care and assistance to the priests and brothers 24 hours a day. There is an on-site chapel for daily Mass and prayers that even has closed-circuit television to their individual rooms if they are unable to attend. They have a very well equipped physical therapy department with a hydro-therapy pool and staff that attend to all their health care needs.
It was a true honor to meet so many great priests and brothers this week, and have much admiration for the work they have done in service to the Church. I wish that all religious could get these same supports, and urge you to pray, visit, and support your retired religious in your community.