P. Antoine Santegoeds SCJ 1929-2020

Jeudi, 30 avril 2020, à Parc Zuiderhout, Teteringen, noA. Santegoedstre ex-confrère du Québec, P. Antoine Santegoeds, SCJ, est décédé des suites de la COVID-19. Né à Asten, le 11 janvier 1929, il a fait sa première profession le 8 septembre 1952 et a été ordonné le 21 juillet 1957 à Nijmegen.

De nombreuses histoires reviennent à la mémoire quand nous nous rappelons la vie et les activités d’Antoine. Il était reconnu pour sa collection de vieux journaux et sa passion pour les livres et les photos. Toute sa vie, Antoine a aimé les études académiques. Il vous parlait avec grand plaisir du dernier livre de théologie ou de philosophie qu’il avait lu. Il aimait transmettre ses connaissances dans son travail, autant comme enseignant que comme pasteur. Après avoir enseigné la philosophie à Liesbosch pendant un an, il vint au Canada en 1959. Il devint membre de la Province canadienne-française lors de son érection en 1962. Il y resta jusqu’en 1985. Au Canada, il a suivi plusieurs cours universitaires en vue d’enseigner à Pointe-au-Chêne. Les confrères qui l’ont connu se rappelleront que son Mémoire de maîtrise es-Arts portait sur « Paul Ricoeur et le péché originel » (1976). Il a aussi travaillé dans plusieurs paroisses : Saint-Antoine-Marie-Claret, à Montréal, Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire, à Pointe-au-Chêne où il a gardé contact avec plusieurs paroissiens après son retour aux Pays-Bas, et d’autres paroisses des environs. En 1985, en partie pour des raisons de santé et aussi pour des raisons familiales, il est retourné aux Pays-Bas. Pendant dix ans, il a été curé de notre paroisse à Made, où son travail a été très apprécié. De 1995 à 2016, il a vécu et travaillé au Limburg dans un institut de soins prolongés à Maastricht et Magraten, et il a assuré le lien avec les confrères travaillant dans cette partie des Pays-Bas. En 2016, Antoine a déménagé dans notre maison de retraite à Asten. Deux ans plus tard, avec les autres confrères, il a quitté Asten pour Teteringen. Ce qui l’attristait était de ne plus pouvoir poursuivre son travail et de devoir quitter sa chère bibliothèque. Mais il pouvait se consoler en se rappelant d’une vie marquée par son engagement et son souci des autres.

Les funérailles d’Antoine se limiteront à son inhumation à Breda. Un petit nombre de personnes seulement pourront participer à ce dernier adieu à Antoine, à cause des restrictions imposées suite à la pandémie de COVID-19. Plus tard, lorsque les rassemblement à l’église seront à nouveau possibles, une célébration plus large aura lieu en sa mémoire. Nous gardons Antoine Santegoeds dans nos prières.

 

 

On Thursday April 30 2020 in park Zuiderhout in Teteringen our ex-confrere from the Québec Province Fr. Antoine Santegoeds, SCJ died as a consequence of the Coronavirus. He was born in Asten, the Netherlands on January 11, 1929, professed on September 8, 1952 and ordained on July 21, 1957 in Nijmegen.

Many are the stories recalling the life and activities of Antoine. He became well known for his collection of old newspapers but also of his love of books and photos. Antoine loved academic studies his whole life. He would tell you with great relish the latest philosophical and theological books that he was reading. He liked to use his knowledge for his work both as a teacher and as a pastor. After he had taught philosophy in Liesbosch for one year, in 1959 he came to Canada. He became a member of the French-Canadian Province when it was erected in 1962. He remained in Canada until 1985. Also in Canada he followed a great number of university courses in order to be able to teach in Pointe-au-Chêne. He also worked in a number of parishes near the Séminaire du Sacré-Coeur. In 1985 – partially because of his health – he returned to the Netherlands. For ten years he was a parish priest in our parish in Made where he was much appreciated for his work. From 1995 to 2016 he lived and worked in Limburg in a long-term-care home in Maastricht and Magraten and was the contact person for the confreres who worked in that area of the Netherlands. In 2016 Antoine moved to our retirement house in Asten. Two years later he left from there with the other confreres to Teteringen. He was much saddened by the fact that he could not longer continue his work and that he had to leave his beloved library. But he could look back to a life of great commitment and care for others.

The funeral of Antoine will be limited to his burial in Breda. It is unfortunate that only a very small  number of people will be able to participate in the farewell of Antoine because of the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. At a later date, when church gatherings will be possible again, there will be a more extensive memorial. We keep Antoine Santegoeds in our prayers.

later he left from there with the other confreres to Teteringen. He was much saddened by the fact that he could not longer continue his work and that he had to leave his beloved library. But he could look back to a life of great commitment and care for others.

The funeral of Antoine will be limited to his burial in Breda. It is unfortunate that only a very small  number of people will be able to participate in the farewell of Antoine because of the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. At a later date, when church gatherings will be possible again, there will be a more extensive memorial. We keep Antoine Santegoeds in our prayers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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