November 25: Father Gerald F. Rowan


November 25, 2007

Father Gerald F. Rowan

Father Rowan was born on February 17, 1924 in Chicago, IL. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army’s Ninth Infantry in Europe. “By the war’s end he had been awarded five battle stars, a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and a Good Conduct Medal.” (The Catholic Advance, Nov. 30, 2007) His seminary training was at St. Mary’s College, Winona, MN; Dominican House of Studies, River Forest, IL; and Kenrick Seminary, St. Louis, MO. Most Reverend Joseph E. Ritter, Archbishop of St. Louis, ordained Father Rowan for the Diocese of Wichita in the St. Louis Cathedral in April 6, 1957. As an assistant or as chaplain he served at Holy Savior Parish, Wichita; St. Patrick Parish, Kingman; St. Francis Hospital, Wichita; Sacred Heart Parish, Arkansas City; St. Mary Cathedral, Wichita; St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Wichita; Mount St. Mary Convent, Wichita; St. Luke Hospital, Marion; St. Joseph Home, El Dorado along with Immaculate Conception Parish, Burns, and El Dorado Junior College; St. Joseph Hospital, Wichita; Halstead Hospital, Halstead; and Veterans Hospital, Wichita. Father Rowan was pastor at St. Ignatius Parish, Neodesha. His last assignment was as administrator of St. Agnes Parish, Castleton, with residence in St. Teresa Parish, Hutchinson. Msgr. John Gilsenan said of Father Rowan, “When Bishop Carroll was at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Fr. Rowan hovered over him. He drove him around and was very faithful to him.” (The Catholic Advance, Nov. 30, 2007) Father Rowan retired in 1998 and was living at the Catholic Care Center in Wichita at the time of his death on November 25, 2007. Bishop Jackels was the principal celebrant of his funeral Mass at St. Elizabeth Chapel in the Catholic Care Center on Nov. 28th. Father Rowan was buried next to his parents in Chicago, IL.