Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Werenfried "Speckpater" van Straaten, O. Praem.

van Straaten
Birth: January 17, 1913

Death: January 31, 2003

House: St. Michael's Abbey, Orange

  • Born in Mijdrecht, Netherlands,
  • Joined the Order in Tongerlo 1934,
  • Ordained 1940,
  • Founded the welfare organization "Ostpriesterhilfe" in 1947 - which was placed directly under the supervision of the Holy See in 1964,
  • In 1953, he established the "Building Order,"
  • Began publishing the paper "Echo of Love" monthly in 1958,
  • He founded the Institute "Daughters of the Resurrection" in Bukavu, Zaire, with Mother Hardewych in 1966,
  • In 1969, the welfare organization changed its name to "Church in Need/Ostpriesterhilfe,"  
  • From 1975, the organization was headquartered in Königstein,
  • Made a transitus to the Canonry of Orange,
  • Many other global activities and projects,
  • Buried in Königstein.
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