Friday, 29 May 2009

Rev. Fr Johannes Niklaus Schneider, C.SS.R. (1821-1873)

He was born in Upen, Prussia, on St John the Evangelist’s Day, 1821, and entered the Redemptorist Novitiate at St Trond when he was twenty-one, making his Profession on the 15th of October, 1843. He studied Rhetoric, and made all his higher studies in Wittem. After his ordination in 1851, he was sent to Clapham, London, where he laboured amongst the Germans in the German Chapel. After a time he went to Limerick, Ireland.
He was a member of the Limerick Community for two periods, worked much on Missions and at home, and endeared himself to the people wherever he went. At the nominations in 1865, he was appointed Consultor to the Father Rector, but soon afterwards was sent by the Father General to the United States, where he taught moral theology to the Redemptorist Students, took part in Missions, spent some time at St Thomas (in the West Indies), and at length died a victim to his zeal, at New Orleans, on 23rd of September, 1873, being then in his sixty-second year. †

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