Patrick Shaules

Patrick Russel Sullivan Shaules (1914 - 2003)

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Fr. Patrick Russel Sullivan Shaules
Born in National City, San Diego, California, USAmap
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Died in Wernersville, Berks, Pennsylvania, USAmap
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1914 - June 27 - Born at Paradise Valley Sanatorium, San Diego, San Diego, California, USA. Lived in a house outside of town. Went to Mass in a buggy cart, then a nice car. Then lived in a two story house "on point" south of Encanto [San Diego], across the canyon from 65th and Detroit St.

1919 - I remember Papa returning from WWI. He had been in France.

1920 - We lived in a long house at Rockwell Field [Coronado, San Diego, California, USA]. Papa was the blacksmith for the military base. They had horse. I started kindergarten in Coronado, going by bus. I learned to ride a bicycle; Papa lowered the bar. I had a paper route. We paddled in the bay water near the high bank where the houses were. Papa made a 3-wheel kiddy-cart for Biddy [nickname for his younger sister, Adele].

1921 (?) - We moved to the dairy farm in Lakeside [San Diego County], out beyond El Cajon about 20 miles from San Diego City. We walked about a 1/2 hour into town to go to school. Papa was the manager of the dairy. Several 10-gallon cans of milk were left on a stand by road to be picked up by the truck. The San Diego River was about 6-inches deep where it went past the farm.

1923 - We lived in Encanto a few months in Papa's former office. He built double-decker bunks out back. Now we entered the public grammar school on 65th St. in Encanto.

1925 - At mid-term I was skipped from the 4th to the 5th grad and graduated the next year from 6th grade. Before grauation the principal asked me if I wanted to keep the name "Patsy" which I had always gone by. There I became "Patrick" on my transcript and used the name "Pat".

1926 - I enrolled in OUr Lady of Angels grammar school and skipped 1/2 a year to enter the 8th grade. At that time I decided to become a priest. I never changed my mind about my vocation. This decision came when Marie [his sister] had a farewell party on leaving for the convent [She became a nun]. I thought I would like that too.

1927 - June - I graduated from the 8th grade and enrolled in St Augustine's High School in San Diego.

1931 - I got an old Model T Ford to drive to school. up until then I rode a bike the 7 mile each way over rolling hills.

1932 - I graduated from High School. Yes, it took me five years.

1932-35 - I attended the Junior Seminary of the Diocese of Los Angeles - San Diego"Los Angeles College.

1935 - I entered Jesuit Novitiate at Los Gatos, Santa Clara, California, USA.

1939 - I went to Spokane, WA for Philosophy studies attached to Gonzaga University.

1942 - I was assigned to Loyola University in Los Angeles as a "Regent". I volunteered for China Mission and started studying Chinese in a class at night.

1945 - I moved to Alma College a theologate near Los Gatos, CA.

1948 - June 12 - Ordained a priest in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA.

1949 - Last year of theology at Alma College.k

1950 - Tertianship (third year Novitiate) at Seattle, WA.

1951 - Sailed to Manila on freighter. Studied Chinese.

1952 - Assigned to Taiwan. Lived in a Japanese tatami house and taught at Taiwan University in Taipei.

1954 - Pastor at new mission in Hsinchu.

1960 - Transferred to Macau, west of Hong Kong.

1968 - Transferred back to Hsinchu, Taiwan. Lived in former carpenter shop, meals at Jesuit residence. "Life line" for people in trouble. Factory worker center with Mass and activities. Two sisters helped.

1970 - Assigned to help Fr. Bourret, S.J. with supplies for China Mission. Lived in Los Gatos, CA.

1971 - Assigned to full-time fund-raising for non-Jesuit missions in Asia and Africa.

1975 - Had started "Operation Help" while still in Taiwan with Marcinda Haedge running it. She had come to Taiwan and studied Chinese. Nancy Chen became the Office Manager.

1977 - We moved into Manresa Retreat House at Annapolis, MD; then moved to Delaware and had our headquarters at Hartly.

2002 - Moved to Dover, DE, a new development for the elderly called Planter's Run.


  • Obituary for SHAULES, PATRICK R. Dover, DE - The Rev. Patrick R. Shaules, S.J. died December 18, 2003 in Dover at the age of 89. The Rev. Shaules was born June 27, 1914 in San Diego, California. In 1935 Rev. Shaules entered the Society of Jesus in California and was ordained into the priesthood in 1948. In 1951 he was assigned as a missionary in Asia. After studying Chinese for a year, he taught at the National University, Taipei, Taiwan. He also founded the Apostleship of Prayer in Taiwan and became the first pastor of the Cathedral in the Diocese of Hsinchu, Taiwan. Later Fr. Shaules was transferred to Macau. There he was in charge of the Jesuit Senior Middle School whose attendees were boys, most of whom were refugees from Communist mainland China. Recognizing the destitute nature of the refugees, he founded Macau Welfare Enterprises and dedicated himself to developing vocational centers for training and employment of refugees in areas such as electronic assembly. As Founder and Director of Operation Help, headquartered in Delaware, he tirelessly dedicated the rest of his life to funding the most forgotten missions in Africa and Asia, focusing on helping the impoverished help themselves. He was always a devoted counselor to many and a leader of various spiritual activities up to the time of his death. He is survived by his sister Sr. Antonia Shaules of Los Angeles, his sister-in-law Alma Shaules Church of San Diego and numerous nieces and nephews. Fr. Shaules was buried in the Jesuit Center in Wernersville, Pa. [1]
  • Obituary from Delaware Newspaper -- The Rev. Patrick R. Shaules, 89 DOVER - The Rev. Patrick R. Shaules, S.J. of Dover died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 89. The Rev. Shaules was born in San Diego, Calif., son of the late William A. and Cora B. Patten Shaules. In 1935, the Rev. Shaules entered the Society of Jesus in the California Province and was ordained into the priesthood in 1948. In 1951, he was assigned to Asia and after a year of studies in Chinese language, he taught English at the National University, Taipei, Taiwan. During this time, he founded the Apostleship of Prayer in Taiwan with its special devotion to the Sacred Heart. The Rev. Shaules was the first pastor of the Cathedral in the Diocese of Hsinchu, Taiwan, and after a few years was transferred to Macau where he was in charge of the Jesuit Senior Middle School, consisting of all boys most of whom were refugees from Communist mainland China. Seeing the condition of the destitute refugees, he dedicated himself tirelessly to developing vocational centers for training and securing employment. He continued similar work for the remainder of his life. With Operation Help Inc., he worked hard to raise funds for the most forgotten missions in Africa and Asia. He counseled numerous people in times of spiritual and mental difficulty. He also demonstrated every week, peacefully and prayerfully, at local abortion clinics. For all who knew The Rev. Shaules, he is remembered for his dedication to his priesthood, his deep love of the helpless and forgotten and his special way to touching hearts and souls. He was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus Council of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and was a fourth-degree member of the Bishop Cartwright Assembly. He is survived by his sister, Sister Antonia Shaules of Los Angeles, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. The Rev. Shaules will lie in state from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in St. Polycarp Catholic Church, Smyrna, where the Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in the church. Burial will be in Jesuit Center in Wernersville, Pa. Arrangements by Michael J. Ambrusco Funeral Directors, Dover (Source: [2]


  1. Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on 1/11/2004)
  2. )
  • Autobiography written by Fr. Patrick Shaules shortly before his death in 2004.
  • Second-hand information from various family members
  • "California Birth Index, 1905-1995," database, FamilySearch ( : 27 November 2014), Patrick R Shaules, 27 Jun 1914; citing San Diego, California, United States, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.

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