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AT Vienna - 26.03.05(22.04.17)

posted 30 Apr 2017, 03:18 by Peter Staudinger   [ updated 30 Apr 2017, 03:20 ]

Seong Hwa Ceremony for Maria Theresia (Maresi) Silberabuer (1951 - 2017)
Vienna, Austria, 22. April 2017


By Elisabeth Cook
Our elder and beloved sister Maresi Silberbauer passed away on April 10, 2017, after a short stay in hospital where they discovered that she had leukemia.
The Seong Hwa ceremony took place on Saturday, April 22nd. Her 3 adult children, relatives and more than 200 Unification members attended the ceremony.
Maresi was among the 30 first members who joined our movement in Austria. She joined in 1969 at the age of 17. She was a very practical person, that's why she participated in the restoration work of Austria's first workshop center, a farmhouse north of Vienna. She also contributed in building up a candle factory in the same place. Sh was blessed in May 1978 in London as one of the 118 couples. Their children were born in 1990, 1992 and 1994. - read more

NO Oslo - 16.03.05(12.04.17)

posted 22 Apr 2017, 23:59 by Peter Staudinger

Seong Hwa Ceremony for Tor-Ing Dahl Johansen
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.

AT Salzburg - 18.03.05(14.04.17)

posted 18 Apr 2017, 08:47 by Peter Staudinger   [ updated 18 Apr 2017, 08:48 ]

Tribute to Elisabeth Riedl

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.
- read more

MT Valletta - 16.01.05(12.02.17)

posted 4 Mar 2017, 03:04 by Peter Staudinger

Memorial Service for Dr Nnamdi Ahunanya

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.

DE Munich - 26.11.04(24.12.16)

posted 31 Dec 2016, 01:36 by Peter Staudinger   [ updated 31 Dec 2016, 01:37 ]

In Memoriam Franziska Stephan

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. 

BG Sofia - 15.11.04(13.12.16)

posted 23 Dec 2016, 05:37 by Peter Staudinger   [ updated 23 Dec 2016, 05:37 ]

Danijela Stefanova (née Purgar)

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

CH Zürich - 01.10.04(31.10.16)

posted 11 Nov 2016, 01:30 by Peter Staudinger   [ updated 11 Nov 2016, 01:33 ]

In Memoriam Annemarie Bichsel-Müller

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. 

US Chicago - 03.08.04(03.09.16)

posted 10 Sep 2016, 00:23 by Peter Staudinger

Seonghwa Celebration of Barbara Vincenz

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. 

SK Bratislava - 12.07.04(14.08.16)

posted 2 Sep 2016, 09:47 by Peter Staudinger   [ updated 2 Sep 2016, 09:49 ]

Margita VRABELOVA
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

FR Les Ulis - 24.07.04(26.08.16)

posted 2 Sep 2016, 08:51 by Peter Staudinger   [ updated 2 Sep 2016, 09:49 ]

Seonghwa Ceremony for Akinori KOYAMA
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

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