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The memory of Diamond Village Priest George Verhagé was celebrated with a special Eucharistic celebration at St Peter’s Church in St Peters Cappelli. During the worship service, honored by the Legato Choir, the pastor was honored as a clergyman for 60 years of diligence, effort, dedication and care. As if heaven was involved, the celebration was blessed with glorious weather.

angelic father

Reverend Verhagé was born in Roeselare on November 29, 1935, so he will be 87 years old next month. After graduating from high school, he joined the Young Friars Conventions Organization and in 1962 took his ceremonial vows. The Order of Friars Minor Capuchins is an international fraternal group belonging to the Franciscan family. He took the name of Father Angelos. In its current ecclesiastical function, its name is associated with “ofm cap”, which means Ordo Fratrum Minorum Capuccinorum (Order of Friars Minor Capuchins).

The solemn mass of the ecclesiastical diamond mission was presided over by Father Farhaghi himself. He was assisted by Federal Reverend Chris Miskens, regional president of the Capuchin brothers Adri Geerts and Hermann Cousins, general secretary of the Belgian Bishops’ Conference and resident of Hervelingen. After the solemn ceremony in the church, the local government, several congregations, and parishioners organized a joyful procession to the community center for a reception where all were welcome. He certainly didn’t make this trip alone – which partly followed the path of the procession. In a gold-colored victory of 1948, led by Dirk Devoglier, accompanied by the musicians of Koninklijke Vanvar St Peters Herliving, the Cresendo Youth Division and various associations of St Peters Capelli and the surrounding municipalities. He was also allowed to enjoy a large number of waving and waving at fellow villagers who all had a warm heart for their shepherd.

After his theological studies at the College of Saint Laurentius in Aalst, George Verhaghi, a Minor Capuchin friar, was assigned to Edingen as his home. In 1967 he was sent from Enghien as regent in the Diocese of Sint-Pieters-Kapelle. Speaking to Cardinal Leo Sinens at the time, George asserted, “I will become a priest in your diocese, but I want to remain faithful to the training and spirit of St. Francis.” In 1972, fifty years ago, he succeeded Petrus Howedt as chaplain. After Reverend Jean Purnell’s death in 1997, he also became a pastor in the Herhot Parish of Our Lady of Tulimbek. He also took care of fans at Sint-Gereon in Akrenbos-Bever. In these last two positions, he was succeeded in 2015 by Union chaplain Chris Miskins. This made the 80-year-old Reverend Farhag’s daily assignment somewhat more comfortable.

humility

In his homily, Reverend Verhagé sent a heartfelt thank you to all present, quoting Guido Giselle: “Gratitude is a humble flower that blooms in a small soil….” In doing so, he once again testified to the humility that characterizes his whole life. He made one exception in this general expression of gratitude to Nicole Newburgh: “All these years have been my rock and all my commitment, not only to me but to everyone who needed it and could use a listening ear.”

During mass, Federal Reverend Miskins praised Pastor Verhagen for his natural kindness, humility, caring, kindness and concern. “We are grateful to him because all those years – and not just in St Peters Capel – he has been a good farmer in service to the residents, the church community and the church factory.”

Monsignor Cozygne was also allowed to convey all the congratulations in the name of Archbishop Joseph de Kessel, and the wishes of the Jubilee for a long and healthy life. Brother Adri Geerts was delighted with the huge turnout: “George has totally committed to you, and it’s great to see that you are so grateful for him.”

A shepherd leaves many traces

In his speech at the community center, Mayor Chris Poehlert praised his “chaplain” as a “patron” who would leave many traces. With the pastor, the mayor jumped back to the years when a young boy was still a boy at the altar. More serious was his summary of a whole series of achievements that bore the signature of Father Verhagé. He was instrumental in, among other things, the restoration of St. Peter’s Basilica and the cemetery walls (1973, 2005 and 2010), the 2007 historic procession in which 18 St. Martin’s parishes participated, and the restoration of the church. “Engeltjes”, the new church benches and the classification of the church as a protected monument. St. Peter’s Basilica is not just a church. There is the Beautiful Way of the Cross by Constantin Meunier, there is the Anneessens organ from 1866 and the Pieta from the Burgundian period, all precious legacies that Reverend Verhaeghe took so well. Reverend Verhaeghe was also the driving force behind Chiro at Sint-Pieters-Kapelle. To please the boys and girls—who are not yet allowed to form a single chiro section together—roll up their sleeves and help build their chiro room. He was also the founder of Days of Faith, similar to previous popular missions.

The mayor concluded his speech by conveying the congratulations of the royal family and a word of thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the celebration before and behind the scenes. A special thanks went to Hermann Vandormael. He was the informant who alerted the local government that this Christmas was a little closer.

Also a priest in Akrenbus

Former Bevers Mayor Luke Denyer and Paul Misfranks of the Bevers Central Church Council also took the floor to express their appreciation to Reverend Verhagé from their church community. He was also a priest there for many years in the parish of Saint Jeron in Akrynbus. They also spoke of a “sober and simple life, full of interest, in which the realization of the universal ideal of brotherhood was always and everywhere at the top. They also thanked Reverend Verhag for being “the proof of their faith to many families.”

The official part was, as it should, stamped with the salute of many happy years. For this occasion was also Sinterklaas Day for Reverend George Verhagé. Tomorrow he will definitely need a few hours to untie his many gifts and recover from an exceptionally eventful day.

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October 09 2022

Godelieve Deschuyffeleer

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