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7 June 2021

100th birthday of Father Boniface Honings, OCD.

Our brother was born on May 11, 1921 in Sittard (Netherlands). Today he lives in Rome at the Teresianum. His is a life dedicated to God by means of teaching that should be celebrated: Doctor in Moral Theology, Professor at the Teresianum, at the Urbaniana Pontifical University, former Dean of the Faculty of Moral Theology at the Lateran University, Consultor for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Life Member of the Pro Vita Pontifical Academy.

As was fitting, Carmelite friars from various Roman communities, nuns and friends were companions at his feast. Unfortunately his family could not be present, because of travel restrictions due to covid. The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by His Eminence Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, current Dean of the College of Cardinals. During his homily, the Cardinal recalled the political and ecclesial vicissitudes of the century in which our brother lived, his life as a religious and as a researcher, and concluded with an invitation to prayer, a return to the essentials of life, despite all the changes.

After the Eucharist, everyone came together (in compliance with health norms!) to share a fraternal meal. One hundred years, is quite something to celebrate!

Best wishes, Father Boniface, and may God fill the years to come with his grace.