June 13th 1960 - Peus Paul
† in Freiburg
Paul Peus was born on June 8th 1896 in Duisburg as the oldest son of a family blessed with a large offspring. His father Ferdinand was managing clerk of a shipping company in Ruhrort. Paul admired his mother much. Their image stood always on his desk beside Rembrandt's picture 'St Paul in Prison'. As boy he went gladly in for sports, above all swimming, rowing and athletics. He won several prizes. One of his brothers was a secular priest and teacher of religion in Moers
At the beginning of World War I the A-levels school-leaver volunteered for the military service. He was brought into action in France. In 1915 his position was undermined and blown up by Frenchmen. Paul was buried alive, excavated by the Frenchmen, and had to go through heaviest years partially in African concentration camps. He came home in 1920 only.
As a commercial apprentice in a large hardware shop his hunger for mental activity was not satisfied. But he got in touch with the Catholic Youth Federation 'Neudeutschland' and the DJK. In addition he became a member in a Duisburg literature club.
On April 13th 1923 he entered in 's-Heerenberg the Society of Jesus. After the usual studies of philosophy and theology in Valkenburg he was ordained priest on August 28th 1929. After his tertianship in St. Acheml near Amiens he took over the MIC Trier in October 1933. Here he worked for full 27 years, and became one of the leading ministers of youth pastoral of the Order.
Even under the difficult conditions of that time he achieved great things in untiring spade-work. Sport was to him a welcome means to collect and educate the youth in Trier. With many of his boys he took always part in the Echternacher Springprozession (Jumping Procession). His genuine leaderships, his great understanding for the maturing youth, his complete devotion to the religious ideals of the MIC enabled him to develop a modern youth movement of singular coinage in the bishop city Trier. Many hundreds owe to him the moulding of their inner Christian life, among them a large number of secular priests and regulars.
A blemish in his model function was his nicotine craving which contributed to his relatively early death. He died in Freiburg on June 13th 1960 at the age of sixty four, and is buried in the burial place of the Jesuits on the Trier South Cemetery.
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