NEW OBLATES — Abbot Peter welcomes eight new Oblates of St. Peter’s Abbey. From left, Jenna Hill, Marie Rath, Kathryn Duffley, Pat Lyster, Lawrence Hill, Emily Hill, Barbara Saretsky and Jacqueline Saretsky. The Oblates made their First Oblation on November 8.
St. Peter’s Abbey: Between All Souls Day and the first Friday after (a day
of prayer for deceased monks of the abbey), St. Peter’s places the pictures
of their deceased monks in the abbey church. Br. Anthony (left) explains
the custorm to Br. Benedict, a junior monk. November is the traditional
month to pray for the deceased.
PETER THEODORE FROESS
July 12, 1922 – October 12, 2014
Peter Froess was born on July 12, 1922 at home on the family farm near Conception Church in the Carmel district. After completing his education at Cranish Lake Rural School, Peter stayed home to help out on the family farm and also worked at several other farms in the Carmel area.
Later Peter farmed the family farm with his brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Marian, for many years. He worked for a time at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Humboldt, at a nickel mine in Sudbury, Ontario, and at Wappel Construction in Saskatoon and Regina. Pete’s first love was always farming.
When he retired from farming, Pete moved to Humboldt. His love for the land didn’t allow him to stay away from farming for long and soon he was helping out at St. Peter’s Abbey farm as a faithful and dedicated volunteer. He was well known to abbey guests as a kind and gentle character.
Peter had a great sense of humour and loved visiting and joking with people. Telling long stories, smoking cigars, and playing Santa Claus were among his favorite pastimes.
After living in Humboldt for close to 20 years, he moved to Muenster. He was only there a short time when his health began to fail. Late last year, he moved to Bethany Pioneer Village in Middle Lake where he lived until his passing on Oct. 12.