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100 Blessed Years of Sr. Berthe Nackaerts

by Sr. Rita Van Damme, icm


Belgium celebrates -- 

For on April 20th, our sister Berthe Nackaerts  reached the blessed age of 100 years!

berthe and elizabeth

Berthe, (left),  who is lively as ever and hardly looks more than 80, was happy to be in the company of her own sister, Elisabeth, at present 96 years old. 

As usual on such occasions, the representative of the City Mayor of Louvain, Mr. Vansina,  came to offer congratulations from the City Fathers, but even more, from the king himself.  

First, Sr Marilou Vanderstraeten gave us an insight in the history of Berthe’s Missionary Life.  A story much appreciated by the many sisters present on this occasion.

maria and simonne


Maria van Ceunebroucke and Simonne Heyde visibly enjoy the many anecdotes, 

And the same could be said about Julia Meirhaeghe and Els Willekens. 

julia and els

The time had come for Mr. Vansina to address the centenarian, and surprisingly, he revealed that  there was a link between the two of them! The father of Sr. Berthe was neighbor and playmate to the grandfather of Mr Vansina! 

From him she then received first the personally signed pfoto of King Phillip and Queen Mathilda.  Then, a gold medal, honoring her for the many years she spent in the care of the needy, Third, as a personal touch, a bouquet of flowers from the Mayor, …And, last but not least, a warm kiss. 

The sisters of the Pavilion, used to this kind of celebrations, truly enjoyed the day and of course admired the special presents.  After which a group picture of the community completed the day.  Up to the next one? 

Congratulations, dear Sister Berthe, and may the Lord bless your every day.

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