Gaetano Scremin : 1942 – 2018 (PE nr 1090 – 2018/04)

Father Gaetano Scremin was the oldest son of Gino Scremin and Fioretto Amabile. He was born in Valdagno in the Province of Vicenza on the 13th March 1942. His father worked at the Marzotto textile factory in Valdagno. He entered the junior seminary of the White Fathers in Treviglio, near Milan and did his secondary school studies at Parella about 40 kms north of Turin in the Piedmont Region. He studied Philosophy in Gargagnago not far from Verona. He went to Gap Continue reading “Gaetano Scremin : 1942 – 2018 (PE nr 1090 – 2018/04)”

Renaud Perron : 1924 – 2018 (PE nr 1090 – 2018/04)

Renaud was born on the 21st July 1924 at St-Isidore d’Aukland in the Diocese of Sherbrooke, Quebec. Canada. He attended the convent primary school in Martinville before going on to the St-Charles Borromeo Seminary for his secondary school education. He entered the postulancy of the White Fathers at Everell on the 4th September 1947 where he did his first year of Theology. It was noted that Continue reading “Renaud Perron : 1924 – 2018 (PE nr 1090 – 2018/04)”

Maurice Borrmans : 1925 – 2017 (PE nr 1090 – 2018/04)

Maurice was born on the 22nd October 1925 in Lille where his parents were in business. He was the only boy in a family of four children. It was during his secondary schooling, at Notre Dame des Dunes at Dunkirk and at the College Jeanne d’Arc in Lille that saw the first glimmering of his missionary vocation, which matured thanks to his scouting activities and the testimony of Charles de Foucauld revealed in the book by René Bazin.  

Maurice was barely seventeen when Continue reading “Maurice Borrmans : 1925 – 2017 (PE nr 1090 – 2018/04)”

Ward Schoofs 1923 – 2017 (PE nr. 1089 – 2018/03)

Ward (Edward or as he was often called ‘Warre’) was born on the 28th August 1923 to a big family at Kinrooi in Limbourg Province, Belgium. He was the second child in a family of ten children. His father was the headmaster of a school. Ward attended secondary school at a college run by the Holy Cross Canons (Crosiers) at Maaseik. We should note in passing, that all his life, Ward was a passionate Continue reading “Ward Schoofs 1923 – 2017 (PE nr. 1089 – 2018/03)”

Gaby Claerhout 1935 – 2017 (PE nr 1089 – 2018/03)

Gaby was born on the 19th July 1935 at Pittem in West Flanders to a farming family of eight children. He followed his secondary school studies in Tielt. In September 1954, he entered the White Fathers at Boechout. At the time, his uncle René (+1964) was working in the Congo. He did his Spiritual Year in Varsenare from 1956 to 1957. He was appointed to Eastview for his theological studies. As was the custom at the time, Continue reading “Gaby Claerhout 1935 – 2017 (PE nr 1089 – 2018/03)”

Wim van Dijk 1926 – 2017 (PE nr. 1088 – 2018/02)

Wim was born in Tilburg on the 20th November 1926. He wanted to become a missionary and he received the first part of his training at St. Charles, near Boxtel, and ‘s-Heerenberg. He took his Temporary Missionary Oath on the 17th September 1948, taking the religious name Winfried which was the custom for the Brothers at the time. Continue reading “Wim van Dijk 1926 – 2017 (PE nr. 1088 – 2018/02)”

Hans  Remhs 1931 – 2017 (PE nr. 1088 – 2018/02)

Hans was born on the 2nd November 1931 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He entered the Spiritual Year in ‘s-Heerenberg in 1952 before going to Thibar, Tunisia for theological studies. He took his Missionary Oath there on the 20th June 1956. He finished his studies in Carthage where he was ordained priest on the 21st April 1957. Continue reading “Hans  Remhs 1931 – 2017 (PE nr. 1088 – 2018/02)”

Jan Franse 1938 – 2017 (PE nr. 1088 – 2018/02)

Jan was born in Eindhoven on the15th February 1938. He followed, more or less, the usual formation programme of Dutch White Fathers at that time and studied in Sterksel, Santpoort, Boechout in Belgium, St, Charles near Boxtel, Dorking in England (Novitiate) and finally his theological studies in Heverlee. It was there that he took his Missionary Oath on the 28th June 1964 followed by ordination to the priesthood at Roosendaal on the 3rd July 1965. Continue reading “Jan Franse 1938 – 2017 (PE nr. 1088 – 2018/02)”

Jean Boulanger 1928 – 2017 (PE nr. 1088 – 2018/02)

Jean was born on the 17th August 1928 at Couillet in Hainaut Province in the Diocese of Tournai, Belgium. His father was Secretary General of the Railway Workers Trade Union and worked in Bruxelles while his mother was a school teacher. Jean attended the secondary school of the Athénée Royal de Charleroi before going on to finish his secondary schooling at the junior seminary of Bonne-Espérance at Vellereille-les-Brayeux also in the Hainaut Province. Continue reading “Jean Boulanger 1928 – 2017 (PE nr. 1088 – 2018/02)”

Jaak Van Dyck 1925 – 2017 (PE nr. 1088 – 2018/02)

Jaak was born on the 11th November 1925 at Meeuwen, Limbourg Province then in the Diocese of Liège, Belgium. He came from a farming background and his father served as the secretary for the commune. Jaak began his secondary studies at the College of Bree but the last two years were done in the Junior Seminary of St. Trond. He entered the White Fathers Continue reading “Jaak Van Dyck 1925 – 2017 (PE nr. 1088 – 2018/02)”