Order of Prémontré

Rev. Lambert J. Broens, O. Praem.
b. Sunday, July 1, 1866 – d. Sunday, June 7, 1908  
Abbot Pennings, left; Brother Servatius Heesakkers, center; 
Father Lambert Broens is at right.

Our brother Lambert Broens (BRUNZ) was born in Weert, Holland in 1866, vested at Berne Abbey in 1886, and solemnly professed in 1888.

On November 13, 1893, he arrived with Bernard Pennings and Brother Servatius as the first missionaries to the United States from Berne Abbey.  Lambert was appointed to assist his brother, Alphonse Broens in Sturgeon Bay , who had suggested to the bishop of Green Bay that the Norbertines might be the Order to squelch the heresy that was developing in the Belgian Peninsula .

In 1894, Lambert became the pastor of Tonet, with missions at Robinsonville, “La Chapelle,” Walhain and Thiry Dames.  With the move to DePere in 1898, he was appointed pastor of Old St. Joe’s and sub-prior of the house.

In 1900, Lambert was transferred as pastor to St. Willibrord in Chicago, the first Dutch parish in that city, where he remained until 1908, when he became ill.  He died Sunday, June 7, 1908 at the age of 41.  

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Memento, Domine, 
Fratrum et Sororum Nostrorum,
Qui Nos Praecesserunt
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Remember, Lord
our brothers and sisters
who have preceeded us
and now sing in Your Presence.
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Rappelez-vous, Seigneur,
nos confrères et consoeurs
qui nous ont précédés
et chantez maintenant dans Votre Ciel
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Gedenk, Heer, 
Onze Medebroeders u. Medezustern
Die Ons Zijn Voorgegaan
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Erinnern Sie Sich, Herr, 
Unsere Mitbrüder und Mitschwestern, 
die vor uns gegangen sind,
In Ihrer Anwesenheit zu singen
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Recuerde, Señor,
nuestros hermanos y hermanas,
que nos han precedido
y ahora cante en su cielo
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Recorde, Senhor,
nossos irmãos e irmãs
que nos precederam
e cante agora em Seu Céu.
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Rest in Peace
Pray for us in our need
as we pray for you.