Brother Engelbert OSB Passes Away

At 1:30 in the morning on 23 August 2012, our dear confrere

Brother Engelbert (Gerhard) Huth OSB

 in the Missionsärtzliche Klinik in Würzburg. Two weeks before, Br. Godehard Hell accompanied him in an emergency from Ndanda Abbey to Würzburg for a spinal operation. Unfortunately, Br. Engelbert’s general condition deteriorated after one week so that he was transferred to the intensive care unit of the Missionsärtzliche Klinik.

In spite of the selfless efforts of the doctors, Br. Engelbert could not be saved. The chief physician summarized the situation thus shortly before his death, “We have done everything we could, but he will certainly leave us this night.” Br. Engelbert was born on 15 June 1934 in Offenbach-Bürgel. His parents were Josef Huth and Elisabeth Huth, née Grimm. He had good relations with his five siblings, four brothers and one sister, throughout his life. Three of his brothers died in recent years. After his time as a journeyman lithographer, his uncle, a missionary bishop, brought him to Münsterschwarzach for the first time. This visit had an effect on him so that in May 1954 he entered our monastery, where two years later, on 16 May 1956, he made his temporary profession, and three years later he took his perpetual vows. Here he was trained and assigned to the administration offices and the mission procure.

The year 1962 was a turning point in his life when he was sent to the missions in East Africa. He went to Peramiho Abbey in Tanzania and worked initially in the administration of the abbey. Later he took over the job of cellarer. During this time when Peramiho still had many missionaries and outstations, he was a great help to all confreres, sisters and African priests due to his friendly manner and willingness to help. For the Africans and their concerns, he always had an open ear. His building activity, beginning with the station churches to the renovation of all the primary schools of the large Peramiho parish, was a personal concern of his. In addition to his many tasks, the contact with many employees

and visitors to the abbey was important.

Br. Engelbert, with Abbot-Bishop Eberhard and Abbot Lambert, was the one who supported and promoted the integration of the African confreres. In recent years he worked in Ndanda Abbey with all his might and trainedyoung African monks in the ways of administration. During this time he had increasing problems with his health. At the beginning of August this year he met with an accident in his room during the night and had to be brought from Ndanda to Germany. We are all grateful for his work and prayer. May God reward him with eternal life for his faithfulness. On Saturday, 25 August, we will celebrate the Requiem Mass for him at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow afterwards in our monastery cemetery.

Münsterschwarzach, 23 August 2012


Abbot Anastasius and the community of Peramiho

Abbot Dionys and the community of Ndanda Abbot

Michael and the community of Münsterschwarzach