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12/12/2013 8:38:00 AM
Priest, professor Father Bernard Hwang dies

LOS ANGELES — Father Bernard Hwang, a professor at the University of Portland for nearly 30 years, died Dec. 11 at a nursing care home here. He was 94.

Father Bernard was born July 1, 1919, in Hong Kong. Baptized in 1938, he entered the Benedictine Order in China in 1940. He was sent to the United States to study for the priesthood at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., in 1945. He was ordained in St. Cloud, Minn., in 1949. 

He worked as a parish priest at St. Boniface Parish, Hastings, Minn., for a time before returning to Rome to earn a doctorate in sacred theology at Sant'Anselmo. He also studied at St. Andre in Belgium, Louvain in Belguim, and in England. 

He served in parishes  in Los Angeles during the 1950s and 1960s, also serving at retreats and conferences as a speaker. 

He taught at the University of Portland from 1963 until his retirement in 1981. While teaching there, he also earned a master's degree in psychology. During his time in the Archdiocese of Portland, he assisted parishes in various cities including Canby; Mollala; and Portland until 1999. During this time, he gave conferences to various women Religious communities throughout the archdiocese.

He served in the Chinese apostolate in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, from 1965 to 1999, and in Seattle, from 1984 to 1999. After heart surgery in 1999, he was no longer able to serve in parishes.

In 2010, he moved to Nazareth House in Los Angeles where he died. 

A funeral Mass for Father Bernard will be held Monday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. at Nazareth House in Los Angeles.    


Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014
Article comment by: William Valent

Tonight I thought of Father Hwang who taught me at the Unersity of Portalnd. Father Hwang, at least in earlier years was a man of great enthusiasm. for life. My enthusiasm for his class was consistent with his own desire to teach. I understand he was quite the ping pong player as well. A good man and a good example for all to follow. Rest in peace Father Hwang. I am sorry to hear of your passing.

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