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Monk of 71 years celebrates 95th birthday

Fr Augustine (centre) celebrates his ninety-fifth birthday Tuesday, October 15. Here he is in photo with Abbot John Pereira OSB and one of the nursing staff who attends to his medical needs.

Fr Augustine (Peter) Schreurs OSB celebrated his 95th birthday on October 15 and is probably the most senior Dutch national residing in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, having spent more than three-quarters of his life at Mt St Benedict Abbey.

May 16, 2019, he celebrated 71 years of monastic profession as a Benedictine monk at the Abbey.

Fr Augustine (sitting) receives a visit from Cor Stouten, Deputy Head of Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for his birthday on Tuesday.

Fr Augustine and Fr Cuthbert (Jan) van de Sande (deceased since 2017) celebrated their 68th anniversary of monastic profession in 2016.  Together with Fr Jerome Koot (now deceased), they were the first monks to be professed in the present abbey church (incomplete at that time).  They were also the first monks to pronounce their vows before the then newly elected abbot of Mount St Benedict, Abbot Adelbert van Duin.

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