Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 16, 2013

Community turns to Franciscan decades after death


The Rev. Vernon Olmer, associate pastor of St. Francis of Assisi, grew up in Humphrey and knew some of the younger Van Ackeren siblings.

“We knew he was a very good religious person who bore his cross in a heroic way,” Olmer said. “It would certainly be a feather in our province to have him declared blessed, or a saint.”

Meanwhile, Brother Simon continues to lie at rest in the mausoleum directly east of of St. Francis church.

Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, or bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com.

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