Order of Prémontré

Rev. John B. Crielaers, O. Praem.
b. Sunday, Dec. 29, 1872 – d. Thursday, Feb. 19, 1953

Our brother John Crielaars was born in Tilburg , Holland in 1872.  He joined Berne Abbey in 1892 and was solemnly professed at Berne in 1897.

John arrived in the United States as a frat in 1898, along with Fathers Benedict Schevers, AthanasiusVan Heertum, Frater Lawrence Hurkmans and Brother Gilbert Timmermans.  He joined Father Bernard Pennings and his confreres in Delwich.

After being ordained with Frater Hurkmans by Bishop Messmer, at the Shrine of St. Joseph in 1898, he was appointed to the faculty at the college. 

In 1906 John began to do missionary work until 1931, after which he did parish work at Hingham , Montana .  He retired to Sacred Heart Hospital chaplaincy in Havre , Montana in 1939 and remained there until 1951.  He died on Thursday, Feb. 19, 1953, at the age of 80.  

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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.