Calvin, Father John

1962, September 12

Date of Birth: 1907, August 5

John Calvin was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, on August 5, 1907. His early education in Fall River lasted from 1912 to 1924. In 1924 he entered St. Charles College in Catonsville, Maryland. After graduation from there, he went, in 1926, to Basselin College at The Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C., where he received his B.A. and his M.A. For his Theology he remained at The Catholic University of America in the Sulpician Seminary (now Theological College) and was ordained for the Diocese of Fall River on June 10, 1933. At the close of his seminary course in 1933, he received his S.T.B. from The Catholic University of America. In September of that year he entered the Solitude at Catonsville, Maryland. When he finished Solitude in 1934, he was assigned to St. Joseph’s College in Mountain View, California, where he taught until 1936. Father Calvin then went to the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and earned there an S.T.L. in 1938 and an S.T.D. in 1939. On his return from Louvain he was assigned to St. Edward’s Seminary in Seattle, Washington to teach Sacred Scripture. He was called to St. Mary’s Seminary in Roland Park in 1946 to teach Theology. In 1950 he was elected president of the Catholic Theological Society. He returned to his diocese, Fall River, in 1952. There he served as assistant at St. Mary’s Church in Taunton, St. Peter’s Church in Dighton, and Sts. Peter and Paul in Fall River. He was serving at the last-named church when he died on September 12, 1962.

Adapted from The Voice and from Father Calvin’s “Personal Data” sheet.

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