Date of publication: 16/01/2023

Goodbye, dear brother Erich Schmitz

Council General International

Brother Erich SCHMITZ went to the Father on January 2, 2023.

He was a long-time brother, having entered the German Conferences in 1959. He lived in Remagen and fulfilled several missions in our Society:

Leader of the Vincentian Youth for 8 years, National President of Germany (13 years), Vice President (6 years), Vincentian Youth Committee member (7 years), Zone Coordinator Europe II (15 years), VinPaz Coordinator  (4 years) and Secretary General of the CGI from 2005 to 2010.

Our distinguished brother was very involved in the Church and with the poor.

All those who knew him remember him as a friendly, empathetic and very warm man, always ready to improve things.

On behalf of all of you, on behalf of members of the Secretariat with whom Erich worked, I offer our condolences to his children and grandchildren, assuring them of our fervent prayers.

Farewell dear Erich! We entrust you to our merciful Father, may He welcome you into eternal joy and peace.

Marie-Francoise Salesiani-Payet, General Secretary