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Tribute to late Fr. Hüssler

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With heavy Heart but with Gratitute to God for Life well-spent, we announce to you the passing away of our dear Friend, Monsignor Dr. Huessler. He died on Sunday the 14th of April, 2013 at the age of 91.

Dr. Georg Huessler was the former Secretary-General and President of Caritas International.

He co-ordinated the Caritas International Relief Operation that saved millions of Lives of the hungry and starving Children, Women and Men of Biafra during the Nigeria-Biafran War of 1967 – 1970. Biafran War was the worst human catastrophe since after the second World War.

Dr. Huessler mobilized the German civilian population and other Relief Agencies who donated massively to the Biafran Relief Action. They delivered relief Materials like Clothes, Cornmeal, milk powder, Sugar, Rice, stockfish and Medicine which kept thousands of suffering and starving Biafran women and children alive. Some Sick and Starving Biafran Children were also airlifted to Ivory Coast, Sao Tome and Gabon treated, fed, cared for and returned after the war. It was one of the greatest relief assistance ever launched by Caritas and other Relief Agencies.

Father Georg Hüssler was born on July 7, 1921 in Einöd , Saarland, Germany and grew up in Elsass, France. He was a medical student when World War II broke out; he enlisted into the German army and worked as a Sanitary Inspector. When the war ended, he proceeded to Rome where he studieBiafra - Cartitas feeding center(1968-1970)d Theology and was ordained priest in 1951. After his doctoral studies, he became an Assistant to the then President of German Caritas with Headquarters in Freiburg. He rose through the ranks to become the Secretary-General and later the President of Caritas International, a post he held for 22 years from 1969 to 1991. Dr. Hüssler was decorated with three Honours by the three tiers of government in Germany, namely; the local government of the City of Freiburg , the State government of Baden-Württemberg and the Federal Republic of Germany. Dr. Hüssler was interested in both aspects of the Catholic Social Teaching. On the practical side, he distinguished himself in the excellent way he managed the affairs of Caritas in the whole World bringing relief and succor to millions of people ravaged by war and natural disasters. On the theoretical level, he authored five insightful books among which are Caritas and Pastoral Work (1985), Life in the 20th Century (1998) and Humanity as Spirituality (2006).

Dr. Huessler showed Courage, Solidarity and Charity and through his work in Biafra gave life and hope to our innocent people. The History of Biafra cannot be complete without mentioning Dr. Huessler, Caritas and other Relief Agencies. Words cannot fully express our gratitude to Dr. Huessler. We pray the Almighty God to grant his Soul an eternal Rest. 

Caritas Deutschland - Youtube (Joe überlebte den Biafra-Krieg dank der Caritas-Luftbrücke & Monsignor Georg Hüssler on Caritas Internationalis)

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  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 15:20 posted by Okolo Ben Simon

    May the good Lord receive the soul of HIS son, Msgr. Dr. Huessler. May HE continue to bless those related to the good Monsignor, and continue to strengthen our faith believing that good things can still be done by people.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 14:43 posted by Katherine

    I am not surprise that God uses people like you to glorify His name because He want His children to know that He is still the God that delivereth the Israelite and He still remains that God till date. I am so happy for people like you and when I read this kind of story I pray for the mind to give more to the poor and support the work of evangelism. Padre, may your soul and the souls of all the faithful departed Rest in Peace. Eternal rest grant unto him Oh Lord and let perpetual light shine on him Amen.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 14:33 posted by Prince

    A Life Worthwhile Is The Life Lived For Others... What Again Can I Say: Dr Huessler May Your Gentle Soul Rest In Perfect Peace With The Lord. You Fed,Clothed,Sheltered,Cared Etc For The Dying Children Of My Country BIAFRA. You Are A Saint, The Country Of BIAFRA Will Continue To Remember You And Others For Their Selfless Contributions To See That BIAFRA Children Lived To Tell Their Storiese, Even As We Are Still On The Struggle To Actualize The BAIFRA STATE. We Shall Never Forget You.. Adio Papa Dr.Huessler.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 14:32 posted by Chinedu

    We mourn him.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 14:29 posted by Obiorah Uche Emma

    In your long life you left a landmark especially for all that will claim to be Christians today by your act of Love, Hope and Charity. You have shown and greatly too that we will only be remembered by our works especially acts that are carried out in defiance of the Status Quo for the sake of humanity. I therefore join the millions of BIAFRANS who heard about caritas and their exploits in the War period to pray for the repose of your soul. May your Soul and the Souls of all the faithful departed, Through the Mercy of God, Rest in Peace. Amen!

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 14:24 posted by Obiorah Uche Emma

    In your long life you left a landmark especially for all that will claim to be Christians today by your act of Love, Hope and Charity. You have shown and greatly too that we will only be remembered by our works especially acts that are carried out in defiance of the Status Quo for the sake of humanity. I therefore join the millions of BIAFRANS who heard about caritas and their exploits in the War period to pray for the repose of your soul. May your Soul and the Souls of all the faithful departed, Through the Mercy of God, Rest in Peace. Amen!

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 14:19 posted by Humphrey Ugboajah

    May God grant you enternal rest in his Kingdom. For the live you lived and the good work you did during you life time, for saving millions of Biafran people who fought war of freedom which i my self benefited from the relief to be alive today. You will forever be remembered.
    Adieu servant of God. I bid you farewell.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 13:42 posted by AKU

    SINCE HE LABORED TO SAVE LIVES OF THE THEN BIAFRAN CHILDREN, WOMEN AND MEN, THE GOOD LORD WILL THROUGH THAT WORK ALONE GRANT HIS SOUL ETERNAL REST. MAY THE SOUL OFRV DR HUESSLER REST IN ETERNAL PEACE...AMEN
    FROM A BIATRAN CHILD.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 13:40 posted by ochi abu uto

    May God keep your soul with him till eternity. You came to the rescue of the suffering biafran masses. I want to tell you that among those whose lives your efforts sustained during the Biafran war are great men and women in different fields of human endeavors where they contribute to the progress and well-being of the human family.
    we have never forgotten and will never forget your good works. rest in peace , great man .

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 23 April 2013 13:39 posted by ugochukwu

    As you rendered help to the dying and saved souls of the abused Ibos,may God almighty reward you with a perfect rest in His kingdom.May your country and people left behind experience peace always

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