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Farewell to Eugen Birrer †

Reported by Peter Baumgartner, Nairobi (former Tagesanzeiger correspondent) Yes, it was a worthy, beautiful celebration of Eugene’s farewell. The church in Kangemi was full, and many parishioners paid their last respects to Eugene, as well as several refugee aid organizations that had counted on Eugene’s support over the last 20 years. The Swiss Embassy was […]

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Homage to Jules Greber †

The SMB Community recieived the letter below from the parish priest of Beitbridge Simbabwe, where Fr. Greber served for many years.
Our heartfelt and deepest condolences to the SMBs, family relations, friends, friends, members of the Solidarity, the Bern community (Pfarrei Bern St. Mauritius) and all relation of our dearest Fr. Greber.

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Farewell to Fr. Albert Plangger †

Albert Plangger was born on the 9 of June 1925 in the village of Oberuzwil in Switzerland. He was the oldest son of Austrian parents which meant that he was proud to become a citizen of Europe when Austria became a member of the European Union. He had a sister who became a religious nun, […]

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Farewell to Bro. Julius †

Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice
is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (Mt 7,24)
I believe that Julius would enjoy the Gospel of today because the houses and churches he built always had a good foundation that resisted any typhoon…

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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. Hugo †

Hugo was born in Mümliswil (Canton of Solothurn) on May 2, 1948. He had a sister, Margrit, and two brothers: Antony and Peter. Antony is now the only survivor. Hugo attended high school and apprenticed as a mechanic at Von Roll Klus AG. He entered the SMB seminary in 1969 and began the novitiate at Schöneck the following year.

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