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.
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