On Tuesday, May 20, at 9:45 a.m. our confrere
died in the infirmary of our abbey at the age of 78.
Br Antony was born on July 12, 1924, in King Williams Town, South Africa. When he was nearly fifty years old, he decided to dedicate the rest of his life to God in a religious community. In 1984 he entered Inkamana Abbey. Three years later, on February 7, 1987, he took his vows as a Benedictine oblate. After working for a while as a receptionist of our abbey he became assistant to the cellarer, doing bookkeeping and helping in the administration. It was the kind of work he was trained for and he had been doing before he entered the monastery.
Br Antony was very reliable and conscientious in all the tasks he was given. We lose with him a very compassionate and kind confrere who was noted for his fidelity to common exercises, especially the Divine Office.
Early this year Brother Antony’s health began to deteriorate because of kidney failure. Strengthened with the sacrament of the sick and supported by the prayers of the community he returned to his creator.
Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am in the abbey church on Saturday, May 24. Immediately afterwards we are going to bury our confrere in the monastery cemetery.
We recommend our confrere to your prayers.
Inkamana Abbey, 20 May, 2002
Abbot Godfrey and community
Heute, am Dienstag, dem 20. Mai um 9H45 starb unser Mitbruder
in der Krankenabteilung unserer Abtei im Alter von 78 Jahren.
Bruder Anton wurde am 12. Juli 1924 in King Williams Town, Südafrika, geboren. Als er schon beinahe fünfzig Jahre alt war, entschied er sich, den Rest seines Lebens Gott in einer religiösen Gemeinschaft zu weihen. 1984 trat er in die Abtei Inkamana ein. Drei Jahre später, am 7. Februar 1987, legte er seine Gelübde als Benediktineroblate ab. Nach einer kurzen Tätigkeit als Klosterpförtner wurde er Mitarbeiter des Zellerars. Er übernahm Verwaltungsaufgaben und arbeitete als Buchhalter. Auf diesem Gebiet kannte er sich aus. In dieser Branche hatte er nämlich schon vor seinem Eintritt ins Kloster gearbeitet.
Bruder Anton war sehr gewissenhaft und absolut zuverlässig. Mit ihm verliert unsere Abtei einen beliebten und hoch geschätzten Mitbruder, der immer getreu an allen klösterlichen Übungen teilnahm, besonders am Chorgebet.
Zu Anfang des Jahres stellten sich bei Bruder Anton größere gesundheitliche Beschwerden ein infolge eines Nierenversagens. Gestärkt mit dem Sakrament der Krankensalbung und begleitet mit dem Gebet der Mitbrüder gab er seine Seele dem Schöpfer zurück.
Am Samstag, dem 24. Mai, feiern wir um 10H30 in unserer Abteikirche das Requiem für den Verstorbenen. Die Beerdigung findet anschließend auf dem Klosterfriedhof statt.
Wir bitten um Ihr Gebet für den Verstorbenen.
Abtei Inkamana, 20. Mai 2002
Abt Gottfried und Kommunität
On Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at 09:45 a.m. our confrere
Brother Obl. Antony (Aidan) Eave OSB
died in the infirmary of our abbey at the age of 78.
Br Antony was born on July 12, 1924, in King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape and baptized the-re in the catholic church. His parents named him after St Aidan, the great Irish monk and missionary. This was not altogether surprising as Br Antony’s grandfather on his mother’s side came from Ireland, settling in the Eastern Cape towards the end of the 19th century. Br Antony’s father was a convert but became just as staunch a catholic as the rest of the family had been since birth. His parents raised three children. Patricia was the oldest, then came Brian and finally Aidan. When Aidan was still a small child, the family left King Williams Town and moved to the harbour city of East London which offered greater opportunities. Those who knew Aidan as a little child and in his youth remember him as a somewhat shy youngster who tended to keep in the background, looking for quiet places where he could be alone and read or simply enjoy the beauty of nature. It was a habit that he kept all his life and that must have helped him to eventually find his way to a Benedictine monastery. After the outbreak of the Second World War, shortly after finishing school, Aidan and his brother Brian went to Johannesburg, the economic centre of South Africa, where it was much easier to find work. It did not take long when both were called up to do national service for their country. Both were conscripted into the air force and were trained as back-gunners. Brian saw some action in Italy but Aidan never served on the front. Immediately after the war, they returned to South Africa. Aidan found a place in Pretoria where he worked as bookkeeper for ISCOR (Iron & Steel Corporation). In 1955 he married his wife Margaret and emigrated with her to Tasmania. Rosemary, their only child, was born there. Aidan remained in Tasmania for nearly two decades. In 1975 he returned to South Africa. He settled in Cape Town and worked for the Municipality. It was at this time that he began to think seriously about joining a religious order. He was free to take such a step after having come to a mutual arrangement with his wife. He took his time, though, praying and looking for a religious commu-nity with the kind of spirituality and life style he was searching for. Eventually, when he was already in his late fifties, he made contact with Inkamana Abbey where he began his monastic training in 1984. Three years later, on February 7, 1987, he took his vows as a Benedictine Oblate. After working for a while as a receptionist of our abbey he became assistant to the cellarer, doing bookkeeping and helping in the administration. It was the kind of work he was trained for and he had been doing before he entered the monastery. From the very first day he lived with us we could see how serious he was about this new beginning in his life. His long search had prepared him and motivated him to continue on the road he had chosen. He showed great determination and eagerness to learn the Benedictine way of life and to become integrated into the monastic community. In spite of his age he never asked for special privileges or for dispensations from the monastic routine. Br Anthony was a man of great discretion. He was inclined to keep in the background but was al-ways ready to step in and help when the need arose and did not mind doing any extra chore in the service of his confreres. Attentive, kind-hearted, friendly and always sensitive to the feelings of those around him he was a great asset to our community. Quietly and conscientiously he did his work in the monastery office, rendering an extremely valuable service to our community with his experience in business ad-ministration. He was a confrere who was highly esteemed and loved by his fellow monks. The last few months of his life were overshadowed by illness. He tried to play it down but we could see that it caused him a great amount of discomfort and suffering. Strengthened by the sacrament of holy unction he faced death with courage. On the eve before he died he was still wide awake chatting to the confreres who visited him. Twelve hours later he passed from this life as quietly as he had lived. On Saturday, May 24, we celebrated the Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Br Antony and buried him in our abbey cemetery. We recommend our confrere to your prayers.
Inkamana Abbey, 24 May, 2003 Abbot Godfrey and community
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