By DENISE FEDOROW Correspondent
---- — GOSHEN — The children of St. John The Evangelist Catholic School recently presented $950 to the Rev. Robert “Bob” McCahill for his work as a Maryknoll Missionary priest.
McCahill, who was raised in Goshen, was home recently for a visit and to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a Maryknoll Missionary priest. While at home, McCahill visited St. John’s School and gave a slide presentation on where he lives and the people to whom he ministers.
The money the children donated to his mission came from penny wars held during Lent.
McCahill also spoke to the congregation at St. John the Evangelist in Goshen telling them he was “reporting on what your fellow parishioner has been up to.” He said he felt called to serve in Bangladesh in 1975 because he felt the need was even greater there. He lives among the poor Muslims and Hindus in small villages, introducing Christianity to them with his acts of service and love. He helps many villagers obtain medical help. He added he typically stays in a village for three years because the first year they are suspicious of him, the second year they get to know him and question him and the third year, “They like me and then I know it’s time to move on,” he said.
McCahill was born in Des Moines, Iowa, but was raised in Goshen until 1955. He entered the seminary in 1956 and was ordained as a Maryknoll Missionary priest in 1964 in Maryknoll, N.Y. His first mission was to the Philippines.