Father Herfried Holzgassner R.I.P.

Our Hospice Chaplain Father Herfried (Anton) Holzgassner O.S.B. died on 6th September 2007 at 030 a.m. in Ballito's Hospital.

Father Herfried had prepared everything for Holy Mass at Blessed Gérard's Church on 5th September 2007 before 7°° a.m. when he went to our dining room and got himself something for breakfast and went to his flat. When he did not arrive for Holy Mass at 730 a.m. we checked his flat and found him lying on the floor of his bedroom deeply unconscious. He had all the symptoms of a stroke. I administered the sacrament of the anointing of the sick to him and the ambulance services arrived soon, which brought him to Alberlito Hospital, a good hospital in Ballito. The doctors there confirmed that he had suffered a massive brain haemorrhage and made us no hope for recovery. A neurosurgeon was to examine him whether or not brain surgery could still help him, but the good Lord called him to his heavenly home shortly after midnight.

Father Herfried was an absolutely diligent confrere and since he came to us on 1st December 2006 he engaged himself with all his strength in his task as our house chaplain. He had an extraordinary and exemplary pastoral zeal and although he had turned 90 on 26th January 2007, he was ready and prepared to fulfil his priestly duties day and night at any time. Over and above this he helped in the parish and celebrated Sunday Services in different outstations.

I held him in highest esteem and I thank God, that I had the privilege to know him for more than 20 years and I thank him especially, that he did absolutely magnificent pastoral work in our house for the last ten months.

I would like to ask you for your prayers for Father Herfried.

Father Gérard

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