Bluma, O.F.M., Fr. Dacian
Fr. Dacian Bluma, O.F.M., 85, a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Assumption Province died peacefully Sunday morning, Aug. 12, 2007, in Mishawaka, Ind.
Born Francis Bluma in Green Bay, he attended St. Mary of the Angels Elementary School, began his secondary education at East High School in Green Bay, and graduated from St. Bonaventure High School and Minor Seminary in Sturtevant in 1941.
Called to the religious life and priesthood, he entered the novitiate of the Franciscan Order (Assumption Province) in Pulaski, receiving the name “Dacian.”
Following his profession of vows, Dacian began the study of philosophy at St. Francis College in Burlington, where he also pronounced solemn vows in August 1945. He was ordained in Green Bay on June 11, 1949, by Bishop Stanislaus V. Bona.
Fr. Dacian’s first assignment after ordination was to Assumption Friary in Pulaski as assistant provincial librarian. In 1951, he was sent to St. Francis College in Burlington to teach Latin and fulfill the duties as friary librarian and chronicler while acting as spiritual director to the clerics.
With increasing vocations to the province, Dacian was selected for graduate studies at the Antonianum in Rome, Italy. Over the next three years (1954 to 1957), he studied and received a licentiate and doctorate in sacred theology.
Upon his return, he was assigned to Queen of Peace Friary in Lake Geneva as assistant director of novices. The slow pace of the novitiate enabled Dacian to conduct retreats for various congregations of religious Sisters. His preaching of the Gospel message made him a much sought-after retreat master. He was also appointed provincial historian (1958 to 1963), compiling and editing a history of the province that was published in 1966.
At the age of 44, Dacian was elected provincial minister of the province’s some 425 friars. Completing his term of office in 1972, he was appointed guardian of the House of Prayer in Cedar Lake, Indiana. His tranquil existence was temporarily interrupted when he was appointed, by the Curia in Rome in 1977, General Visitator to the Province of the Holy Spirit in Australia. He spent nine months visiting with the friars in the land “Down Under.”
In 1979, Dacian was appointed assistant pastor at St. Mary of the Angels Parish in Green Bay with the understanding that in six months he would assume the responsibilities of director of novices. This he did — for the next seven years.
In 1986, at the age of 64, Dacian requested assignment as a missionary to Africa. Stepping outside his Americanism, foregoing its comforts and security and leaving behind his fears and anxieties, Dacian made his way to the village of Subukia in Kenya. There he continued his work of the previous seven years, forming the African mind and heart according to that of St. Francis for yet another seven years.
Fr. Dacian returned to the States in 1993 and, after a period of readjustment, accepted assignment to the retreat staff at St. Francis Retreat Center in Burlington. He next accepted a chaplaincy with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Mishawaka, Ind. For the next eight years he shared with the Sisters his many gifts and talents as preacher, teacher, confessor, spiritual director and formator. Despite his busy schedule, occasional physical discomfort and advanced years, he found the time and space to nurture his contemplative side — where he found peace, faith and the strength to keep working in the vineyard of the Lord.
Survivors include his brothers James Bluma, CSC, Bertrand (Dawn), DeForest; Len (Rita), Green Valley, Ariz.; his sisters, Helen LeCaptain, New Franken; Esther Arvey, Clintonville; Carolyn Fonder, De Pere; cousins, nieces, nephews and his brother friars of the Assumption BVM Province.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Juliana (Rozmiarek) Bluma.
Friends may call at Assumption BVM Church in Pulaski after 9 a.m. Thursday. Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, followed by committal in the Provincial Cemetery. Marnocha Funeral Home, Pulaski is assisting the friars with local arrangements.
Online Condolences may be expressed at www.marnochafuneralhome.com.
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