Father Andrew Siljeur

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21 Oct 2016
Father Andrew Siljeur
Father Andrew was born on the 5th October 1949 and died on the 6th October 2016. He was baptised and confirmed in the Anglican Church. He served as an altar boy and joined the Church Lads Brigade. He married Maureen, a devout Catholic, and thereafter he converted to the Roman Catholic Faith, where he served as an altar server, catechist, lay minister and finally being ordained a deacon in 2000.

He had four sons and two daughters, one son Aloysus died on he 6th October 2003. Maureen died on 20th August 2010 after 36 years of marriage.

Father Andrew suffered ill health and Maureen´s sister Clementina started nursing and caring for him. Eventually love blossomed between them, and after obtaining permission and blessing from his aged mother, they got married on the 14th February 2015 on Robben Eiland. What was a blissful marriage turned into hurt and turmoil. Andrew was ordered to stand down as deacon as he had re-married. Andrew was shattered as he wanted to serve his Lord to the end.

Andrew got to hear about the Anglican Catholic Church, and after careful enquiry he was ordained priest by the Rt. Rev´d Alan Kenyon-Hoare on he 25th October 2015 at Holy Paraclete Parish. Father Andrew ministered to patients at the Tygerberg Hospital, where he received his final treatment for lung cancer. Father Andrew died at home surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his wife Clementina, children Emmanuel, Nathaniel, Sebastian, Anastatia and Genevieve and eight grandchildren, his siblings John, Edward, Bernard, Sidney, Patrick, Michael, Margaret, Ingrid, Erma and Helen.

On Saturday 15th October a Requiem Mass was celebrated at a church in the area. Canon Michael Williams officiated assisted by Fathers Masepe, Mngomeni and Makuleni. The service was attended by about 500 people (many of them his former Roman Catholic parishioners. (Due to ill-health Bishop Kenyon-Hoare was unable to attend.)

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