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Farewell to Fr. Candid Stoffel †

Candid was a valued confrère for our SMB community. Accordingly, he was asked to serve as Regional Councilor, Regional Superior and even as a so-called “flying General Councilor” (his residence always remained Driefontein).
For some time already, Candid suffered from health problems. Often, he exclaimed: “The sooner the better”, meaning, that he was ready to put back his life into God´s hand.
We are happy, that now he may experience eternal peace in God.

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Change of leadership at the Bethlehem Mission Society

On June 12, the General Chapter appointed a new leadership team for SMB and at the same time streamlined it. In the future, the General Council will consist of three persons; So far, there have been four.

Newly elected are:
Josef Meili, as Superior General, of Muolen SG
Josef Christen, as Vicar General, of Stans NW
Ludovic Nobel, as General Councilor, from Estavayer-le-Lac / Fribourg
Inauguration is on 1 October 201

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Farewell to Bro. Lucian Vonlanthen †

We admire his real missionary vocation, the nurturing of his vocation in a healthy spirituality, his availability, willingness to take on changing tasks without complaint, with inner calm and serenity, utmost gratitude, a distinguished, pleasant character in his dealings, conscientiousness in his various tasks, enjoyment of little things, modesty in lifestyle and good language skills: French, German, English and Shona. He concluded the resumé of his life with the words: “Deo gratias”.

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Farewell to Bro. Francis †

Bro. Francis grew up in a humble farmer family in rural Entlebuch, Switzerland. After his apprenticeship as a carpenter and a couple of years of experience, he joined the SMB seminary at Schöneck (1952), where he did his postulancy and novitiate. Skilled and enterprising, he worked for 5 years, first at the seminary and later […]

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Eugene Birrer celebrates his 75th birthday

On June 2nd 2016, Eugene Birrer came back to Immensee from Nairobi, Kenya for a well-deserved home leave. He can look back on an interesting “career”. See the description of his assignments: http://www.smb-immensee.ch/en/assignment-countries/kenya/ On June 25th he celebrated his 75th birthday with his confreres. His health is impaired as the result of two assaults, the […]

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Farewell to Brother John Kränzlin †

Born 18.5.1921 Entry into the SMB 23.9.1949 Mission Seminary Schöneck/Emmetten as farmer Diocese Gwelo, Driefontein 1953-1954 Bondolfi  1954-1956 Mukaro  1956-1960 Holy Cross  1960-1961 Driefontein, dairy farming  1962-1975 Immensee, stamp-collection department  1975-2000 Retirement  2000-2016 Deceased   29.5.2016 Dear Confreres, dear relatives and friends of Brother John Kränzlin, Brother John began his own brief CV with “In the name of God”. That was his […]

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90 years SMB Brothers

On the fourth Sunday of Advent we commemorated 90 years since the first brothers entered our society. For this occasion we invited our former SMB brothers living in Switzerland. Despite the short-term notification, eight of them followed our invitation. Three of them brought their wives. During the Thanksgiving Mass several of us gave testimony of […]

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Farewell to Bro. Daniel Hitz †

Born:  28.3.1938. Entry into the SMB:   3.12.1961. Mission Seminary Schöneck/Emmetten: Draftsman for several renovations:  1961–1968. Mission House Bethlehem Immensee: Draftsman for new and renovated buildings:  1968–1978. Head of the community of brothers:  1972–1982. Gross shipping for home and Mission:  1978–2010. Sacristan:  2010–2015. Died:  3.12.2015. We were all surprised by the death of Br. Daniel, […]

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Farewell to Franz-Josef Stampfli †

Born: 13.10.1939. Ordination: 2.4.1966. Pastor in Zimbabwe: 1968-1977. Serima, Mashaba, St. Anthony: (1971-77). Administration and pastoral work in Zambia: 1978-1995. Mpima-Seminar: (1978-81). Kaparu-Mission: (1982-95). Pastoral work in Zimbabwe: 1996-2008. Mukaro/Rupiri: (1996-99). Masvingo: (2000-2008). Mission House Bethlehem, Immensee: 2008-2015. Deceased: 23.10.2015. “You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour […]

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