|Birth: ||Jun. 1, 1916|
|Death: ||Dec. 2, 1996|
Cardinal Jean Jérôme Hamer OP., Former Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and Former Cardinal Priest of the Title of Santa Saba was born on June 1, 1916, in Brussels, Belgium.
He joined the Order of Preachers in September, 1934, taking the Religious Name of Jérôme and studied at the Dominican Studium Generale of La Sarte and Louvain. Following his Military Service and three months in prison, he pursued further studies at the University of Freiberg, Switzerland, from where he obtained a Doctorate in Theology.
Ordained to the Priesthood at the age of 25 on August 3, 1941, he served as Faculty Member of University of Freiberg between 1944 and 1962, of the Pontifical Angelicum Athenaeum in Rome from 1952 until 1953, at the Studium Generale of La Sarte and later at the Dominican Faculty of Saulchoir in France, of which he also served as Rector between 1956 and 1962. Secretary General of Studies of his Order and General Assistant for French Dominican Provinces, he served as an Expert at the Secretariat for Christian Unity of the Second Vatican Council, Secretary Adjunct of the Secretariat for Christian Unity, he was named its Secretary on April 12, 1969.
Friar Hamer was elected as Titular Archbishop of the See of Lorium and appointed Secretary of the Sacred Congregation for Doctrine of Faith on June 14, 1973, receiving his Episcopal Consecration on June 29, at the Patriarchal Vatican Basilica, from Pope Paul VI, assisted by Msgr. Agostino Casaroli, Titular Archbishop of the See of Cartagine, Secretary of the Sacred Congregation for Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs and Future Cardinal Secretary of State of the Vatican City, and by Msgr. Bernardin Gantin, Former Archbishop of the See of Cotonou, Secretary of the Sacred Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Future Cardinal Dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals. Msgr. Hamer was named Pro - Prefect of the Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes on April 8, 1984.
Aged 69, the Archbishop was created Cardinal Deacon in the Consistory of May 25, 1985, by Pope John Paul II, with the Deaconry of Santa Saba and appointed Prefect of the Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes on May 27. Papal Delegate to the IX Centennial Celebration of the Monastery of St. John Evangelist, Patmos and Athens, Greece, held in September, 1988, he resigned the Prefecture on January 21, 1992, and opted for the Order of Cardinal Priests, having his Deaconry elevated Pro Illa Vice to Title on January 29, 1996.
The Cardinal died on December 2, 1996, in Rome, aged 80, and was buried inside the Campo Verano Cemetery of Rome.
Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano
Provincia di Roma
Plot: Sacello dei Domenicani.
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Jun 10, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27450241
It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Cardinal Hamer, 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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