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4 April 2014

Frank Smith (AC '64) sends along the following news: "Bob Guertin (AC '64) . . .but never ordained, died in North Carolina.  He was in the class for two years.  Many alumni would remember him."

Robert Arthur Guertin died peacefully in his sleep on March 25th after a brief illness.

Bob was born on September 21st 1936 to Henri and Marion Lee Guertin, née Bernhard of Mt. Vernon, NY. He graduated from St. John’s Preparatory in Danvers, MA, where his interests in tennis and golf were nurtured. They became lifelong passions. Bob attended Holy Cross University, and later, St. John’s Seminary in Little Rock, AR, where his training took him to Belgium for several years. While canvassing Europe by motorcycle, he cultivated a lasting appreciation of language, culture, adventure, and good cooking.

His entrepreneurial calling spanned Johnson & Johnson in Atlanta, Connecticut General Insurance in New England, Guertin’s Restaurant in New Orleans, and Guertin and Associates in Pittsburgh, PA. North Carolina will remember him best as the proprietor, with his wife Dolly, of the Greenwood Bed & Breakfast in Greensboro’s Fisher Park, where Bob’s New Orleans-inspired cuisine was widely renowned. Recently and for several years, Bob also served as a volunteer for the Hospice of Greensboro.  He will be especially remembered for his passion for people, good food, hospitality, story-telling, and his booming baritone voice.

Bob is survived by his wife, Dolores Guertin, of Jamestown, NC; brother Georges of Downington, PA, and wife Kathleen; brother Tom of Franklin, NC and wife Liz; son Henri of Baton Rouge, LA; son Georges Roch of Charlotte, NC, and wife Lynn, together with three grandchildren, Georgia, Georges Roch, Jr., and Reese; stepchildren Pam, Peter and Paula; and many nieces and nephews.




3 April 2014

Richard Cross (AC '58) sends Alumni News the following information about one of our alumni.  "I received the following message from Father Ron Wagner (Ministry to Priests Diocese of Saginaw) about an accident that befell Fr. Fritz Loos (AC ‘63).  Fritz has spent  almost his entire ministry in Mexico.  Please remember Fritz in your prayers as he undergoes a serious operation."

Fr. Fritz Loos fell in his home in Mexico about a month ago. A hematoma developed on his brain.  Some of his friends in Michigan convinced him to fly to Michigan on Monday of this week to get checked out by specialists at the U of M Hospital.  As a result of testing, Fr. Fritz is scheduled for surgery on Monday, April 7th at St. Joseph Hospital in Ann Arbor to correct the problem.


21 March 2014

Dennis Lucey (AC '90) found this interesting piece about one of Louvain's most notable professors.  Click on this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jmtxt to hear “Father of the Big Bang” BBC Radio Four. Producer: Mark McCleary. Summary: Few theories could claim to have a more fundamental status than Big Bang Theory. This is now humanity’s best attempt at explaining how we got here: A Theory of Everything. This much is widely known and Big Bang Theory is now one of the most recognizable scientific brands in the world. What’s less well known is that the man who first proposed the theory was not only an accomplished physicist; he was also a Catholic priest. Father Georges Lemaitre wore his clerical collar while teaching physics, and not at Oxford, Cambridge or MIT but at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. It was this unassuming Catholic priest in an academic backwater who has changed the way we look at the origins of the universe. His story also challenges the assumption that science and religion are always in conflict. William Crawley introduces us to the “Father” of the Big Bang.

Dennis comments that the link to a well done BBC story has interesting details on his life in Leuven, including a short audio clip (still in French) of his last lecture. One thing in the article that would need correction is its reference to Leuven as an "academic backwater."

20 March 2014

Fr. Joseph Arsenault (AC '2000) posted the following story.

The death of Father Keith Peter Nielsen (AC '91,'96) occurred on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the Upper River Valley Hospital, Waterville, after a brief illness. Born on April 8, 1959 and raised in New Denmark, NB, Keith was the eldest of six children born to Allan Nielsen and the late Lina (Stiles) Nielsen. After attending local schools, he studied at the University of New Brunswick obtaining the degree of Bachelor of Science. He then earned the degree of Master of Science from the University of Manitoba. Keith then was admitted to the seminary for the Diocese of Saint John and was sent to the American College of the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium for his theological studies. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Saint John on July 11, 1991 in St. Dunstan's Church, Fredericton. After ordination he served for three years as Associate Pastor of St. Michael's Basilica Parish in Miramichi. He was then sent back to Louvain for graduate studies in Medical Ethics. Upon completion of a Licentiate in Sacred Theology, he returned to the Diocese and was appointed Administrator of St. Joachim’s Parish, Saint John. After four years at St. Joachim’s, he was appointed Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish, Bath and St. John the Evangelist Parish, Johnville. As well he was responsible for the missions of St. Bartholomew’s, Clearview, St. Anthony of Padua, Juniper and St. Leo’s, Florenceville. During these years, he also taught part-time in the Catholic Studies Program of St. Thomas University. In 2006, after six years of service in Carleton County, Keith began a sabbatical year of study in Denmark, the land of his ancestors. Upon return from sabbatical, he returned to St. Thomas University as Chaplain. After serving as Chaplain, Keith took a study leave to pursue one of his great passions, the culinary arts. He studied and apprenticed in New Brunswick and beyond, always returning to New Denmark in between assignments. It was from there that he was recently admitted to hospital where he died attended by his devoted family, friends and former parishioners. Keith was a man of great intellect, kind heart and a poetic soul. He was deeply loved by his family, his friends, his parishioners, his students and his co-workers.

Keith is survived by his father Allan Nielsen of New Denmark and by five brothers and sisters and their families: Kent and Michele (Gray) Nielsen and their children Emily, Jakob, Erika and Lauren; Cheryl and Thomas Ashworth and their children Justin, Michael, Megan, Jordon and Jana; David and Kim (Clarke) Nielsen and their children Emma and Matthew; Nathan and Cathy (Pollock) Nielsen and children Chloe and Malcolm (with their mother Dyanne Brewer); Ellen and Scott Brownridge and their children Anna and Natalie, as well as two great-nieces and two great-nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Lina.

Cremation has taken place. Keith’s remains will rest in St. Leo’s Church, Florenceville on Friday, March 14 from 2-7 pm ending with Solemn Vespers presided by Bishop Robert Harris at 7 pm. His funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Leo’s Church, Florenceville on Saturday at 11 am presided by Bishop Harris. Burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations to the Martin Kilfoil Foundation.

9 March 2014

The Alumni Association announced the launch of its new web site.  While this present site www.louvainac.org  will continue through the upcoming reunion, the new site with many more opportunities for interaction and dialogue among members will remain the only site for the Association.  Check out the new site here: http://www.acaalouvain.org


19 February 2014

David Norris (AC '73) discovered this interesting website published in America Magazine.  It is the new Damien Community established in the old College buildings.  Use the link to the left to go to the web site. David writes as follows: "Since we last communicated, I notice that the new Damien Community in Leuven (American College continued)  has a web site up and running. AC alums would be interested in this, if not already aware of it. I found out about it from an ad in America magazine."


5 January 2014


Your webmaster has just returned to London from the cottage in Steeple Ashton Wiltshire where he spent a beautiful Christmas holiday with Fr. Dominic Byrne (AC '01), three seminarians from the North American College in Rome (two from Milwaukee and one from Green Bay dioceses), and the wonderful villagers of this little Wiltshire hideaway.  While the weather was rainy most days, it didn't dampen the celebration or the warm fire in the hearth.  One also had the opportunity of celebrating Mass at the little country Church, St. Joseph's in West Lavington thanks for the invitation of the parish priest, Fr. .Philip.  Heading back to Milwaukee on 8 January may I wish all our alumni and guests on this site a very Happy New Year!.




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