We will always follow in your footsteps
Fr. Harry Reusen might be gone, but he will never be forgotten from my heart. He will never be forgotten by the diocese of Basankusu and the members of the Society from DRC. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all family members of Fr. Harry, to the Society, the Diocese of Basankusu and all those who have been close to him.
As a child from a distance, I thought that Fr. Harry was a difficult person to deal with, because at times he could hardly smile. However, when I started being close to him, as an aspirant, I discovered how good he was. I will leave you with this memory of mine, I remember, when John Kirwan introduced me to Fr. Harry, as an aspirant, he asked me two questions, “why I would like to become a missionary and reasons which may hinder me from becoming a missionary”. Then I said, “I always feel my voice has a problem that’s why I do not like talking in public, I always feel shy”. We spent hours with him, trying to help me to be happy and contented with my voice.
He was really a father to me, he knew how to live with people, especially the members of the Society. He was always ready to welcome people, listen to them and help them. In a sentence, I would say, Fr. Harry was a good Society Representative in DRC and pastorally oriented.
His experience for 46 years of Mission in DRC, is an encouragement to many of us who come from DRC, especially the way he endured hardships, the political crises during his time in Zaïre (DRC) and conditions in life. When I look at his life as a missionary, I feel inspired and encouraged to come out of my comfort zone and face the realities and challenges of mission.
Rest in peace dear Fr. Harry Reusen,
Patrick Lonkoy Bolengu, MHM.