COMBONI THAT DAY

In Pace Christi

Br. Seibold Adolf

Born: 30/01/1935
Luogo di Nascita: Zirndorf/D

Voti temporanei: 02/02/1955
Voti perpetui: 02/02/1961

Date of Death: 26/03/2017
Place of Death: Ellwangen/D

Bro. Adolf passed away on the night of 26 March at Ellwangen hospital. He had not been well for some time. His health problems had visibly worsened and his stays in hospital became more frequent and longer. The last time he was taken to hospital, a week before he died, he had understood – and showed it – that he was nearing the end of his earthly life and that eternal life was approaching. He accepted his situation peacefully, with faith and lucidity, with neither complaints nor fears.

Bro. Adolf was born at Zirndorf in central Franconia (Bavaria, in the diocese of Eichstätt) on 30 January, 1935. That area provided the DSP with a dozen good confreres and missionaries. One of them was the Bishop of Tarma (Peru), Mons. Lorenz Unfried.

On 1 March 1950, at the age of fifteen, Bro. Adolf entered the house of Josefstal as an aspiring Brother. On 21 August 1952 he was admitted to the Postulancy and on 2 February 1953, he began the novitiate at Josefstal. The years before the novitiate were spent in professional preparation. On 2 February 1955, he made his first profession and, on 2 February 1961, he made his perpetual profession.

After the novitiate, he began work on the farm at Mellatz. He dedicated many years of his life to this type of work, first in the DSP and then in South Africa where the farms were very extensive and a large number of workers was required. The work of the Brother was largely administrative and relations with the workers were not always harmonious. For many years, Bro. Adolf did this work in the missions of Belfast, Maria Trost, Glen Cowie and Barberton.

In the eighties, the time came in South Africa to get rid of the farms. One of the reasons for this was the lack of Brothers for this sort of work. Bro. Adolf was therefore assigned to work at the mission of Luckau to run a powerful mill that had been in use for many years, providing an important service to the small farmers of the area: he was in charge of the mill for six years.

After that he collaborated for three years in a gardening project in the mission of Elukwatini where, some years previously, the parish priest had built a nursing home for the elderly that is today run by German Benedictine Nuns. In his later years, before being assigned to the DSP, Bro. Adolf worked in various missions, taking charge of the houses and gardens. In 1997 he was assigned to the DSP. After three years in the communities of Neumarkt and Josefstal, he moved to Bamberg.

In 2011 he was assigned to the community of the Ellwangen Centre for elderly and sick confreres. At Bamberg he had had cardiac problems and underwent surgery on a heart valve. He often had to go to hospital during his final years. Despite this, he continued to work in the small grounds in front of the house for as long as his state of health allowed.

Bro. Adolf was a man of few words. It was not easy to engage him in conversation and this did nothing to facilitate community life. However, during his frequent bouts in hospital, he seemed a different person: he enjoyed visitors and chatted happily with them. He was kind and appreciative. He now reposes in the Ellwangen cemetery alongside the thirty-nine fathers and twenty-eight Brothers who predeceased him. (Fr. Alois Eder)