The Path of Life

The Path of Life

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Requiescat in pace (again)

Fr. Eric Lies, O.S.B.
October 13, 1919 -- January 30, 2012

Yesterday we had the funeral Mass for Fr. Donald. Hours later, just as we were finishing dinner in the monastery refectory, the infirmary sent word that Fr. Eric had just died. He was 92, and had been in declining health for some time (when I was a novice, I was Fr. Eric’s valet).

Interestingly, both Fr. Donald and Fr. Eric professed their monastic vows on the same day: Aug. 6, 1940. And they were both artists, though in different mediums. Fr. Eric is well-known around here for his calligraphy. During his monastic life, he was a teacher in the seminary, associate editor/art director of Grail Magazine at Abbey Press, and general manager of the Abbey Press. He also worked for more than 25 years in the Development Office, and gave many retreats for guests.

May he rest in peace.

Click here to read Fr. Eric's full obituary.

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