The former Provincial Superior of the German province, Fr. Lorenz Reifenberger was called to rest on 17th of March, 2016. He lived for 83 years amidst which 12 years was as the provincial (1985-1997). When the Sri Lankan mission was established, he was the provincial of the German province. His charming personality soothed the hearts of anyone whom he met. Very often, he made the sign of the cross on the forehead of the people who flocked around him for the blessing.
At the age of 21, he joined the Claretian community and recently he also celebrated his diamond jubilee of priestly ordination. After the ordination he served as a pastor in Claretian parishes in Holland and Vienna. He was also a dynamic preacher of Popular Missions. During his last years, he stayed at St. Elizabeth retirement home in Bad Soden, near Frankfurt, and helped many inmates being a spiritual guide. He was always a happy Claretian with a smile for everyone. His funeral took place on 21st of March, 2016 in Frankfurt.
Eternal rest, Grant unto him, O Lord
May his soul rest in peace.