RIP: 14/12/2020 - Pelt
Br. Frans Knapen was born on 13 February 1930 in Nederweert, a little village in the Netherlands, near to the Belgian border. He joined the Society, professing his first vows on 31 May 1956 in Hamont, where he had made his noviciate and where he would remain for the rest of his life as a Salvatorian. For many who came to visit the community in Hamont, Br. Frans, who served for many years as the doorkeeper and consequently was the “face” of the community, welcomed them warmly with his big smile. But moreover, the biggest part of his religious life he dedicated with a big sense for precision and always with a good mood to the order and the care of the refectory of the community and the boarding school. The last months of his life his health got really weak. The senior of the Belgian Province died in the middle of the Corona pandemic in the hospital of Pelt on 14 December 2020, aged 90 years and after having been a Salvatorian for 64 years.