Father Knuff buried at Doebra

Father Knuff buried at Doebra

OKATANA’S parish priest, Father Hubert Anton Knuff (74), was buried at Doebra near Windhoek on Saturday.

Father Knuff died at the Okatana Mission last Sunday after 42 years of spiritual service in Namibia. A large number of mourners from around the country attended the funeral conducted by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Windhoek, Liborius Nashenda.Among the dignitaries were the Minister of Safety and Security, Peter Tshirumbu Tsheehama, and other high-ranking Government officials.Acting Okatana parish priest Frans van Wyk recounted Knuff’s final hours, saying that the elderly priest had travelled from Okatana to Ehafo to conduct mass there despite having been in pain for three days.”We advised him not to go to Ehafo, because he was feeling pain, but he told us, no, he had to go to serve the people of God,” Father Van Wyk told the mourners.Father Knuff died that evening after returning to Okatana.”He was working, praying till the last minute of his life on this world, that’s why we are today mourning a real servant of God who was determined in his work as a shepherd of God’s flock,” Van Wyk said.Archbishop Nashenda told the mourners that Father Knuff had worked in many places in Namibia where he preached the word of God to many Christians.He said he would be remembered as a shepherd who really did look after God’s sheep.Before the funeral at Doebra, a memorial service led by Bishop Kevanhu from Ondjiva in southern Angola was held at Okatana.It was attended by parishioners from northern Namibia and as far afield as Angola.A large number of mourners from around the country attended the funeral conducted by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Windhoek, Liborius Nashenda.Among the dignitaries were the Minister of Safety and Security, Peter Tshirumbu Tsheehama, and other high-ranking Government officials.Acting Okatana parish priest Frans van Wyk recounted Knuff’s final hours, saying that the elderly priest had travelled from Okatana to Ehafo to conduct mass there despite having been in pain for three days.”We advised him not to go to Ehafo, because he was feeling pain, but he told us, no, he had to go to serve the people of God,” Father Van Wyk told the mourners.Father Knuff died that evening after returning to Okatana.”He was working, praying till the last minute of his life on this world, that’s why we are today mourning a real servant of God who was determined in his work as a shepherd of God’s flock,” Van Wyk said.Archbishop Nashenda told the mourners that Father Knuff had worked in many places in Namibia where he preached the word of God to many Christians.He said he would be remembered as a shepherd who really did look after God’s sheep.Before the funeral at Doebra, a memorial service led by Bishop Kevanhu from Ondjiva in southern Angola was held at Okatana.It was attended by parishioners from northern Namibia and as far afield as Angola.

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