|Birth: ||Apr. 22, 1907|
|Death: ||Mar. 12, 1995|
Monsignor Petrus Canisius Jean van Lierde OSA., Former Official of the Roman Curia and Titular Bishop of the See of Porfireone was born on April 22, 1907, in Hasselt, Belgium, from a Dutch family, and was ordained a Presbyter through the Order of Augustinian Friars aged 24, on May 30, 1931.
After receiving Doctorates in Theology and Philosophy, he headed the Augustinian College Saint Monica in Rome, where he hid many refugees including Military Officers, Jews and Anti - Fascist Politicians during the Second World War.
At the age of 43, he was named Successor of Bishop Alfonso De Romanis OSA., who had succeeded Bishop Agostino Zampini OSA., in 1937, as Sacristan of His Holiness within the Apostolic Palace and Vicar General of His Holiness for the State of Vatican City. He received his Episcopal Consecration with the Titular See of Porfireone on February 25, 1951.
During his 44 years of Episcopacy, Bishop van Lierde served as Co – Consecrator in the Episcopal Consecrations of Cardinal Corrado Bafile, Cardinal Giovanni Canestri, Bishop Filippo Pocci, Bishop William John McNaughton MM., and Bishop Juan Conway McNabb OSA.,
Throughout his life, Van Lierde was an ardent admirer of Pope Pius XII, whose determination and courage to save lives during the German occupation of Rome he repeatedly described. Pius XII possessed a sharp, penetrating intelligence, an extraordinary memory, a methodical way, and strong will to work, a deep love of God and of people, whom he loved through God and because of Him. Pius XII lived simply when alone, and displayed friendly reluctance, when he met strangers. He had instant capacity to understand the other person and showed great tact towards those who may have been very direct.
On the night of October 9, 1958, Monsignor Van Lierde administered the Last Rites to the convalescent Pope and presided over his Funeral in Saint Peter's Basilica. From 1958 till 1995, he presided over the Annual Liturgical Celebrations for Pope Pius XII in the Crypt of the named Basilica. In the presence of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he led the Funeral Services of Madre Pascalina Lehnert, Pope Pius XII's Housekeeper and Secretary, in the Vatican's Campo Santo. He functioned as Sacristan in four Papal Conclaves between 1958 and 1978, and also anointed Pope John XXIII in June 1963, on his deathbed.
Retiring from Office at the age of 83, on January 14, 1991, he was given the privilege to maintain his residence inside the Vatican near the Papal Quarters. He passed away in Roulers, Belgium, on March 12, 1995, aged 87, and was interred in the Augustinian Convent of Eindhoven.
Eindhoven Augustijnen Convent
Plot: Convent Cemetery.
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Jun 11, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27475850
It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Bishop Van Lierde, A Successor Of The Apostles By Raising Him To The Episcopal Order. May He Also Be Associated With Them Forever. We Ask This Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.|
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