JOHN LUIS ECKER (priest)
BORN: Hazelton (PA), USA – 1.8.1911
ORDAINED: Rome – 14.7.1935
DIED: Hazelton – 16.8.1986
He studied philosophy and theology in Italy, in our formation houses of Rome and Verona. During the first years of his priestly ministry he worked in our parishes in Italy. At the outbreak of Second World War he became a chaplain of the American Marines. He served mainly in the area of the Pacific Ocean.
Some war experiences disturbed seriously his psychological balance and his inner peace. After his return, he worked for some year at Waltham and then he was transferred to Hazelton, where he lived for many years, always engaged in different activities of the parish.