“Father Al”, as he was known to those he comforted, helped the poor and he lived a life of poverty. He was ordained a diocesan priest in 1957, and assigned to Busan, Korea. His was a life of love for children in need. While he was a seminarian at the Catholic University of Louvain, he made many visits to the Shrine of the Virgin of the Poor, at Banneux, in Western Belgium.
This is the shrine where our Blessed Mother said,
“I am the Virgin of the Poor. I came to relieve suffering.”
Father Al felt a deep inner peace and confirmation of his constant desire to live in total poverty, and resolved to dedicate himself to the Virgin of the Poor.
He founded the Sisters of Mary, and Korean Relief, which later became Asian Relief and is now the World Villages for Children. His work spread to the Philippines, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Honduras and now in Tanzania, Africa. He attributed the glory of all his accomplishments to the Mother of God. His last three years were full of pain and suffering from ALS disease. But even in a wheelchair he continued to fulfill his duties with joy.
He was buried at the Children’s Village for Girls in Silang, Cavite, the Philippines.
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