FATHER FRANS DE RIDDER has been appointed as the new Provincial Superior for a three-year term, starting Jan 1, 2010. In this ministry he will head the group of 44 CICM missionaries active in Mongolia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore.
Father Frans pronounced his first religious vows on Sep 8, 1959 and was ordained a priest on Aug 2, 1964. That makes for 50 years of religious profession and 45 years as a priest in 2009.
He will celebrate a thanksgiving Mass at Church of the Holy Spirit on Thursday Aug 20, 2009 at 7.30pm. All are welcome.
A simple buffet will follow after Mass. On the occasion, a book with a selection of his writings, under the title ‘Dwelling in God’s Love’, will be made available to friends and well-wishers. n