Servais Pinckaers, OP: RIP

Some terribly sad news, from Michael Sherwin, OP:

Dear Colleagues,
I just received the following note from Fr. Benoît-Dominique de La Soujeole, prior of the Albertinum:

"Fr. Pinckaers left us this evening at 2 AM to go receive the recompense of faithful servants. We were able to keep vigil at his side without interruption beginning Sunday afternoon, when his situation became grave."

Fr. de La Soujeole had taken him to the Cantonal Hospital on the Friday before Holy Week, because Fr. Pinckaers was looking more tired than usual. On Tuesday of Holy Week, he suffered an intestinal hematoma (internal bleeding). On Easter Sunday he suffered a heart attack, and had another one on Saturday, April 4th. Throughout it all, Fr. Pinckaers maintained his good humor and a spirit of confidence in the Lord.

This is a sad day for us, but a happy day for Servais.

P. Michael Sherwin, o.p

Pinckaers has left behind prodigious output, and a useful collection of his articles is available in English, from CUA Press.

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Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson is an associate professor of Theology at Marquette University, and founded on Squarespace in November of 2004. He studied with James Weisheipl, Leonard Boyle, Walter Principe, and Lawrence Dewan, at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto, Canada).