Fr. Ted Murnane

* September 23, 1930
+ August 29, 2012

Fr. Ted is a definition of intellectual prowess, vision, integrity, decisiveness and selfless commitment and dedication.

With Fr. Ted’s passing, CVCHRD lost a champion for research. He will be remembered as the one who tirelessly pushes the member institutions to go on collaborative research and its researchers to do research.

Even in his sick bed, Fr. Ted pushed for a consortium poster to be done. He was in ICU when he requested to see the finished poster. He wanted it hung in the Philippine National Health Research System Celebration in Manila last August 8-10.

To his last breath he was still thinking of his work. We will sorely miss Fr. Ted’s many contributions to the consortium and his field at large.

A mathematician, musician and a research advocate. A great loss to the consortium.

He will always live in our hearts!

The CVHRD poster that Fr. Ted would have wanted to be entered in the consortium poster contest in the last PNHRS celebration on Aug. 8-10, 2012.

+ Fr. Theodore Murnane, SVD (1930-2012)

Thursday, 30 August 2012 11:08

+ Fr. Theodore Murnane, SVD

Fr. Ted MurnaneFather Theodore Murnane, Father Ted to his confreres and friends, was a dedicated priest and a diligent religious-missionary of the Divine Word. He loved to read, particularly on subjects such as academic administration, mathematics and philosophy. As a priest, he was thoughtful to others, joyful in carrying out his religious and community duties and conscientious in his prayer life.

Fr. Ted was born at Utica, Syracuse, NY, on September 25, 1930. His parents were Theodore Bernard Murnane, a civil engineer, and his wife Dorothy Kelly. They had four sons and a daughter. Ted finished his elementary schooling in 1945, getting himself acquainted with the Society of the Divine Word through the visit of an SVD priest to the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Utica.  He entered the SVD high school seminary in 1945 and was accepted to the novitiate at Conesus, NY in 1949.  He then went to the Divine Word College at Epworth, Iowa in 1951-53.  From 1953-59, Ted studied philosophy and theology at the Divine Word Seminary in Techny, Illinois.

On September 8, 1951, Ted professed his First Vows at the Divine Word Seminary in Conesus, and his Perpetual Vows on September 8, 1957 at the Divine Word Seminary in Techny.  It was at Techny where he was ordained priest on March 29, 1959, after which he spent a pastoral year in Washington, DC.  While assigned to teach mathematics in Techny beginning in 1961, the young Fr. Ted took up studies in music even as he was already an accomplished trumpet player. In 1968 he earned a Master’s degree in Music Composition from De Paul University in Chicago, Illinois. His music students and the seminary choir members found him a rather meticulous music master who would require perfect pitch at every note; that’s how keen was his ear for music.

Fr. Ted joined the 1967-68 SVD Renewal Course in Nemi, Italy before his transfer to the University of San Carlos in February 1969. For more than forty years Fr. Ted faithfuly served USC in various capacities. His Philippine appointment turned out to be his first and only overseas SVD assignment. During his early years in USC, he wanted to  pioneer a degree program in music aimed at eventually establishing the University’s own conservatory of music. Instead Fr. Ted served as Dean of the then College of Liberal Arts for several years. He continued his priestly ministry in the University by getting himself involved in the religious activities of the community, presiding and preaching at Masses, assisting in recollections and hearing confessions. In the 1980s Fr. Ted was Rector of the USC SVD community for at least two terms.

Earlier in 1975 his superiors appointed him as Director of Research, that is, at the time of the implementation of the Filipinization of Philippine schools. Later on the office evolved into the Office of Research and Human Resource Development.  With this dual role, Fr. Ted also became actively involved in  various phases of academic accreditation and was instrumental in promoting and coordinating the University’s  research activities  as well as in establishing academic linkages and partnerships with various universities in the country and abroad, particularly with Dutch universities and funding institutions that brought to USC the NUFFIC project. He also initiated linkages with SVD universities, namely Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan; Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan; and the Catholic University of Kupang in Timor, Indonesia. As Director of International Linkages, Fr. Ted helped arrange programs for research and internships for visiting professors and exchange students as well as visits of USC administrators to universities in the United States, Europe and Australia. Also, he obtained scholarship funding for overseas graduate studies by USC faculty members particularly in sciences and engineering. Upon reaching the age of 77 in 2008 he retired from active ministry in the University although he continued to serve as an academic consultant.

His health slowly began to decline after having been diagnosed with prostate cancer but Fr. Ted continued serving the University and inspiring the SVD community in various small ways. He died of multiple organ failure due to prostate cancer at Perpetual Succour Hospital in Cebu City on Wednesday morning, 29 August 2012.

His body lies in state at USC Downtown Campus Chapel along P. del Rosario Street, Cebu City. Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Park in Talisay City immediately after the Mass of the Resurrection at eight-thirty in the morning on Saturday, 1 September 2012.

Requiescat in pace.



Source: Philippine SVD Southern Province

30 August 2012



Funded by the Department of Health and managed by the Philippine Council for Health Research Development

August 2012

DOH has articulated strategic directions in achieving Universal Health Care (UHC) or Kalusugang Pangkalahatan (KP).  These include response to the needs and issues to assess the financial risk protection, commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and improve the health facilities to better serve the people.

Successful implementation entails deliberate action to mobilize resources for improving coverage and quality of interventions through partnerships/networks among all sectors. Evidence based information through research is a dynamic tool in the formulation of decision and policy making.


CDU-CDUH RESEARCH COUNCIL: 5th Nursing Research Forum

One function of the Cebu Doctors’ University – Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital Research Council is to support nursing research, advance nursing practice and promote the implementation of evidence-based practice.  The council supports evidence-based practice projects and helps identify gaps in science that promote scientific inquiry.  The CDU-CDUH Research Council also assesses challenges and barriers to initiating, conducting, and participating in nursing research. 

The ability to conduct research is now becoming a very important skill in this challenging modern time.  An important reason for doing nursing research is to find ways to improve safe and high quality patient care.  Practice in the clinical setting without research is practice based on tradition without validation.  In order to meet social needs, nursing practice must be evidence-based.  Research findings must be disseminated to, and for the benefit of, health care providers, and recipients of health care.

The Cebu Doctors’ University Research Council commemorated its annual Nursing Research Forum on February 11, 2012 at the CDU Amphitheater.  It started with the opening remarks from the Dean of the College of Nursing, Dr. Ofelia F. Sisno.  The  six research studies by the 4th year nursing students that were presented to the faculty, students, and members of the Research Council were:  The Effect of Turmeric on Facial Acne, Parental Interventions on the Level of Attitude to Care for Physically Impaired Children, Social Acceptance of Adolescents Towards Suspected Drug Addicts, Level of Knowledge on Food Hygiene Among Sidewalk Vendors, Perceived Role in School Among Adolescents with Hearing Impairment, and Effect of Activated Charcoal in Volatile Sulfur Among Smokers with Halitosis.  This forum offered an exciting opportunity for nursing students to be involved at the frontiers of science and nursing practice.  Attendees were not only able to discuss the progress of the conducted research but they also had the opportunity to ask questions during the open forum.  Third year nursing students were welcome at the forum to help give them some insight into conducting research studies.  The presenters were awarded certificates of appreciation for having participated in the 5th Nursing Research Forum.  Dr. Alex Magalona, research coordinator, concluded the event with his words of gratitude to the people who made the event possible. 

Research proves or disproves theories, uncovers new information that leads to changes in the care of the individual, and can be used to develop treatments to provide optimum level of care. To benefit from research, it is essential to communicate outcome of research studies to others.  The 5th Nursing Research Forum was a success because of the dedication of the student researchers, the support of the Research Council, the CDU-CN faculty, the student-organizers and volunteers.

CIM: No. 1 among Philippine Medical Schools

Based on the five-year performance in the Physician Licensure Examinations from 2007-2011 among medical schools in the country, Cebu Institute of Medicine (CIM) ranked first with an average passing percentage of 99.7%. This was revealed during the recent Association of Philippine Medical College (APMAC) Convention held in Cebu City last February 9-11, 2012.


Also in the latest physician licensure exams (February 2012) in which all examinees from CIM passed and the national passing percentage is 52.53, a CIM alumni placed second.


John Karl D. Velasco is the latest CIM graduate to join the roster of CIM Board Topnotchers through the years.


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