Monday, February 18, 2019

Remembering Nico Ossemann

Nico Ossemann passed away unexpectedly on February 5th 2019. He was 96 years old. Nico Ossemann has been a great friend to the Children's Rosary. He completed the first translation of our Children's Rosary book into French. Others helped in the proofing of the final translation but it was Nico Ossemann that performed the initial translation and is listed as one of two translators on our French version of the Children's Rosary book. His wife has also been committed to praying for the Children's Rosary. Their assistance has been tremendous. 

Through the translation that Nico Ossemann helped in completing, French speaking children now have the opportunity to participate in the Children's Rosary. Our new Children's Rosary in Seychelles uses these books, our group in Haiti, and Belgium. By the grace of God many more children will use these materials and can join other children praying around the world. Indeed, he helped to open the door through language to a great many children to unify in prayer of the Rosary with other children around the world.

Guido Ossemann, shared at his father's funeral Mass: "he always asked why God gave him such a long life. I think I know why: to be a witness for the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, the first three beads of the Rosary." Nico Ossemann carried the same rosary with him for 88 years.  His Maxim for his life which was included in his obituary: "A human being can't live on earth without having in his mind and in his heart a tiny part of Heaven".

We are most grateful for the prayers and assistance Nico Ossemann offered so generously to the Children's Rosary. His wife, who survives him, has prayed for the Children's Rosary for 5 years and we thank her as well. 

I humbly ask those who are reading this to say three Hail Marys for the repose of the soul of Nico Ossemann and two more Hail Marys for his family. Thank you very much.

* The photo above is of Nico Ossemann and John Paul II. Later in his professional life, Nico Ossemann, was regularly at the Vatican and had the blessing of meeting with St. John Paul II on more then one occasion.

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