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Dear Catholic.com visitor: Summer is here, and you may be thinking about a well-deserved vacation, family get-togethers, BBQs with neighborhood friends. More than likely, making a donation to Catholic Answers is not on your radar right now. But this is exactly the time we most need your help. The “summer slowdown” in donations is upon us, but the work of spreading the gospel and explaining and defending the Faith never takes a break. Your gift today will change lives and save souls for Christ this summer! The reward is eternal. Thank you and God bless.

Jean Baptiste Abbeloos

Orientalist, b. 15 January, 1836, at Goyck, Belgium; d. 25 February, 1906

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Abbeloos, JEAN BAPTISTE, orientalist, b. January 15, 1836, at Goyck, Belgium; d. February 25, 1906. He was educated in the seminary of Malines, 1849-60. After his ordination to the priesthood, September 22, 1860, he studied at Louvain and Rome, devoting himself especially to Syriac language and literature. He received the degree of Doctor in Theology from the University of Louvain, July 15, 1867, spent the following winter in London, and on his return to Belgium was appointed Professor of Holy Scripture in the seminary of Malines. Failing health obliged him to abandon the work of teaching, and he became, in 1876, pastor at Duffel. He was appointed in 1883 vicar-general under Cardinal Dechamps and held that position until February 10, 1887, when he was appointed Rector of the University of Louvain. During his administration the University grew rapidly in equipment and organization. Abbeloos, although in the midst of his official duties, was always the scholar and the man of high ideals, whose word and example stimulated younger men to earnest work. Modest and unassuming, he realized none the less the significance of his position as rector of a great Catholic university, and he exerted his influence in behalf of Church and country so effectually that his retirement in 1900 occasioned regret both in the University and in the whole kingdom. His published works are: “De vita et scriptis S. Jacobi Sarugensis” (Louvain, 1867); “Gregorii Barhebraei Chronicon Ecclesiasticum” (Paris and Louvain, 1872-77); “Acta Sancti Maris” (Brussels and Leipzig, 1885); “Acta Mar Kardaghi Martyris” (Brussels, 1900).

E.A. PACE


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