Oslo, Norway, 12. April 2017
By Steinar Murud
Our beloved, long time member, Tor-Inge Dahl Johansen, 68 years old, passed away on the 4th April with his wife Roswitha by his side.
After discovering a tumor in his leg last summer, Tor-Inge was diagnosed with skin cancer. Despite the use of new treatments, the cancer spread rapidly to his whole body and his energy gradually faded.
By the end of March, he contracted a lung infection and was moved to a hospital. There the doctors soon decided that they had nothing more to offer. All medication was stopped; only pain relief was given.
14. April 2017
It is our path of life to start out from the heart of God. We are to grow up in the embrace of His love, reach maturity and form a family in God's love. We are to become mature people who can develop our love to a global level on earth and finally return to the embrace of His love. - True Father
Dear Klaus, Eleonore, Matthias and Catharina: On the occasion of the passing of your beloved wife and mother, and on behalf of the brothers and sisters of our European Community, I want to send you our love and sympathy. Although Elisabeth's passing will bring sadness to the hearts of those whom she loved, it is also a time to give thanks for a life well lived. For that we can be so proud.
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Valletta, Malta, 12. February 2017
By Bryan L. Corlett
Our brother Dr Nnamdi Ahunanya the Secretary General of UPF Malta, passed away suddenly in Nigeria, while visiting his family in his home town on January 15th.
An Interfaith Memorial Service was held on the 12th February at the Stella Maris College Chapel, a school where his two sons had attended.
Over 100 people attended the event, with testimonies of his life, being shared by the Director of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Laiq Ahmed Atif, Brother David Mizzi, the Principal of Stella Maris School, members of the Nigerian Community and members of our Unification community in Malta.
1952 - 2016
By Siegfried Jensen and Robert Bentele
Dear brothers and sisters,
We would like to inform you that our beloved sister Franziska Stephan (ne´ Scherrers) peacefully passed into the spirit world in the arms of her husband, Martin, on 24th December 2016 at 4:23 o’clock after a long illness.
Franziska was born 30th April 1952 in Karken, north of Aachen, Germany, near the border of The Netherlands. She grew up in a Rom. Cath. family and joined the Unification Church in August 1974 in Cologne. In September 1978, she was matched to Martin Stephan and blessed with the 2075 couples in New York on 1st July 1982.
02.05.1971 – 13.12.2016
Sofia, Bulgaria, 13. December 2016
By Edina Zsolcsak-Dimitrova
Our dearly beloved Danijela Stefanova (née Purgar) suddenly passed on to spirit world on December 13, 2016. as a consequence of some blood problem. From her collage times, she was a member of Croatian Unification Church who loved God and True Parents deeply.
Danijela was born in Našice, small town in eastern part of Croatia. She was raised up in Đurđenovac in a loving and harmonious Catholic family in which she could truly experience and develop 4 great realms of heart and true love. When she joined Croatian Unification Church in 1991, she immediately witnessed to her grandmother, parents and a brother. She invested lots of efforts and spiritual conditions for her family to understand God’s heart and Providence through Divine Principle and True Father’s words. The whole family joined UC in early days and became one of the first blessed families with 4 generations in Croatia. - read more
Zürich, Switzerland, 31. October 2016
By Heiner & Carolyn Handschin
Our dearly beloved sister Annemarie Bichsel – Müller passed on to spirit world on October 31, 2016 as a consequence of a tragic accident near Basel. She has been a faithful Unificationist for more than 47 years and a pioneer for God’s Providence in Europe since the early years of our European movement. She has been a recipient of several awards, most recently an award from True Parents and a special recognition as Elder from True Mother at the celebration of the 50 years of the Unification Movement in Europe on May 10, 2015.
Chicago, USA, 3. September 2016
By Catriona Valenta
I had the great honor of being able to attend the Seonghwa ceremony of Barbara Vincenz, which took place on September 3rd in Chicago.
Although Barbara’s Seonghwa was designated as being at the national level, it was very fitting that there was a representative from Barbara’s country of birth. She was born on June 12th 1930 in Magdeburg.
And in Germany, Barbara had stood beside her husband both when he was national leader and also when they were sent by Father to support the machine tool providence in the early 90’s. Repeatedly it was stressed that Reiner could not have achieved all he did without Barbara’s steady, practical and loving support.
10.06.1931 – 14.08.2016
Serving the Nation with a Mother´s Heart
On August 19, 2016 our members in Slovakia faced the sad duty to say farewell to our beloved sister Margita Vrabelova who died on Sunday (August 14) at the age of 85. She was known also to foreign members who came to workshops in Dunajska Luzna near Bratislava. Margita served as national leader for more than twelve years, starting in 1974. She had been our church leader and a mother figure for members in Czechoslovakia during the time of persecution. For 44 years she supported with unwavering faith our True Parents´ mission and made remarkable offerings. Her passing marks the closing of an important chapter of our early church history. - read more
11. February 1997 – 19. August 2016
Les Ulis, France, 26. August 2016
On Friday, August 26th the Seonghwa ceremony for Akinori Koyama, 19 years old, took place in Les Ulis, France. Akinori, with the support of his family, made every effort to overcome the cancer that weakened him. His mother accompanied him to Tijuana, Mexico, where he could be treated with an alternative therapy. But when it became clear that he would not recover his father, two sisters and brother all joined him and his mother to be with him as he moved on to his new spiritual life. On the 19th of August, the day of the 4th anniversary of our True Father's Seonghwa, Akinori began his new life in spiritual world. - read more
Brussels, Belgium, 30. July 2016
By Yvo Bruffaerts
On Saturday 30 July 2026 at 12am a wonderful and most moving Seung Hwa Ceremony was held for Philippe Jacques, Belgian National Leader, at the FFWPU headquarters in Brussels.
Philippe was born in Anderlecht, Brussels, on 21 February 1951. He had 2 sisters and 2 brothers. In 1979 he joined the Church with his wife and daughter. He had been living a harmonious and peaceful family life up to that time. Unfortunately, his spouse could not keep pace with the mission and left the Church shortly after.
Philippe was blessed to Yoko Tanabe at the 30,000 couples Blessing in Korea. In 1997 they welcomed their daughter Mishio. Next to taking part in witnessing and FR activities, Philippe also took care of the church Ginseng business. In August 1994 the leadership of the Belgian Church, under which Philippe was working, broke with our Church. However, Philippe and Yoko never failed to support our True Parents. - read more
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