Thursday, January 17th, 2013
Rev. William J. Dineen, C.PP.S, 73, member of the Kansas City Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, died Jan. 15, 2013, at St. Charles Center in Carthagena.
He was born Aug. 22, 1939, in Dayton to William J. and Irene Mannix Dineen.
Surviving are his sister, Anna (Claude) Sack-steder of Dayton; numerous cousins and friends; and the members and companions of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.
He entered Brunnerdale Seminary in Canton in 1953 and then St. Joseph College in Renssalaer, Ind., in 1957. He made temporary incorporation in 1960 and definitive incorporation in 1963 with the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, and on June 4, 1966, he was ordained to the priesthood at St. Charles Seminary in Carthagena by Bishop Paul Leibold.
His first ministry assignment was at Precious Blood Seminary in Liberty, Mo., where he served from 1966 to 1974 as an instructor and also director of seminarians. During these years he also served as an assistant chaplain at St. Mary Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and completed clinical pastoral training at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, D.C.
From 1974 to 1976, he worked as a chaplain at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Ill. In 1976, he returned to Precious Blood Seminary and served there as an instructor, seminary treasurer and local director until 1982. During these years he was instrumental in starting Good Shepherd Parish in Smithville, Mo. From 1979 to 1987, he served the province as a member of the provincial council. In 1987, he was appointed assistant provincial treasurer and then provincial treasurer in 1992, a position he held until his 2005 retirement.
From 1993 to 1995 he served as sacramental minister at Church of the Annunciation in Kearney, Mo. Following his retirement in 2005, he resided in Liberty, Mo., until 2009 when he moved to St. Charles Center, where he lived until the time of his death.
Affectionately known as "Truck," Dineen taught physics and math at the seminary. His financial acumen led to a long career as province treasurer. More than a numbers person, Truck was a wonderful storyteller who often drew upon the wisdom of Charles Schultz' "Peanuts" characters for inspiration. Though his sermons were often brief, his stories would connect Scripture with everyday life and offer others an encouraging word.
Proud of his Irish ancestry, he made several trips to Ireland before his health began to deteriorate. Even as his body was slowed by Parkinson's disease, it could not stifle his spirit or his appetite for a good story.
Calling is Thursday at St. Charles Center with a wake service at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial is 2 p.m. Friday at St. Charles Center, Rev. Joseph Nassal, C.PP.S., provincial director, presiding. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Dayton.