Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Joseph Ewald Laenen, O. Praem.

Birth: May 15, 1925

Death: July 30, 2019

House: Daylesford Abbey

Fr. Laenen was born in Poederlee, Belgium.  He entered the Norbertine abbey of Tongerlo in Belgium on 1944-09-15 and was ordained to the priesthood on 1951-08-12.  In 1953 he was sent to the Belgian Congo as a missionary where he functioned as an elementary school principal and taught native seminarians.  In 1964 Fr. Laenen was imprisoned by rebels but was then freed by the Congolese Liberation Army.  In 1986 Father Laenen became a member of Daylesford Abbey and spent many years as hospital chaplain at Fitzgerald-Mercy Hospital in Darby as well as St. Mary’s Hospital in Langhorne.

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