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On Wednesday morning we returned to the Schirm's before setting off for Frankfurt. We first visited Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen (St. George Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology) a seminary and college run by the Jesuits. Wendelin Koster, SJ was our guide. After attending Mass with the students and enjoying lunch, we toured the beautiful grounds which included a small woods to walk in and buildings designed to be energy efficient including "green" roofs (vegetation growing on them) and maximizing the use of natural light. One building is even surrounded by a chain link type fence on all the balconies outside each floor. This will allow vines to grow up and shade the building.

We then went to the Frankfurter Hauptfriedhof (Main Frankfurt Cemetery) where we located, as closely as possible, the gravesite of my father. Since his remains had been transferred there from the Army cemetery when it was closed, there was no marker. My father returned to Germany after World War II and continued to serve as a chef first as a member of the Army then as a civilian cook after retiring from the Army. He died December 19, 1986 on the 2nd birthday of my son, Josh. Even though I did not see my father often we did communicate occasionally by letter, and I did feel a connection with him. As we stood at the gravesite, a butterfly flew by (butterflies are often signs to me of God’s care and presence) and I had a sense of my father’s presence as well — a profound moment for me. A special thanks to Hermann for doing all the research to find my father’s gravesite for me.

The cemetery employee, who was providing us transportation in the cemetery on a golf cart, offered to give us a free tour. I sensed that he wanted to do this for me as well as show off the beautiful and historic cemetery. And I think my father was trying to share with me his love of this part of the world. And beautiful it was! Unlike American cemeteries that are designed for efficiency of upkeep, German cemeteries have garden plots over the gravesites tended by relatives of the deceased. It was more like visiting a botanical garden. Large headstones for family plots are common. I have included a few pictures of these that I was shooting from the back of the golf cart as it whizzed from place to place. The main building of the Cemetery was also beautiful and included rooms for visitation.

We returned to Reinhold's for the evening. I spent some time exploring Waldaschaff on my own. I became fascinated with the small cemeteries in the towns. All of them are precisely laid out with rock pathways and the small garden plots on each site are cared for by the families. In this one I found some Schmitts, my brother-in-law's family name, and Kunkels, the family name of a friend of mine.

Later Reinhold took us to Schloss (Castle) Mespelbrunn in the Spessart close to Waldaschaff. A typical fairy tale scene complete with swans swimming in the moat! It has closed to visitors for the day, but we were able to walk around the outside. After visiting the castle, we came home to watch the Semi-Final World Cup match between Germany and Spain. And of course we sipped wine while we watched — some of Reinhold’s home made wine!


Slide shows

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Sankt Georgen

Frankfurter Hauptfriedhof

More Waldaschaff

Schloss Mespelbrunn

Map of places visited

About Sankt Georgen

A 360 degree panoramic view of Schloss Mespelbrunn

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