When Fr. Herman Falke, SCJ, turned 80, he published Sculpted Swan Songs. It was the Dehonian artist’s eighth book, and he expected that it would be his last. But the publishing has continued and at 93, Fr. Herman is working with editor Michael Walsh of Mosaic Press to complete his autobiography, Celebrating a Life in Art. It is set for release this coming fall. In an article about Fr. Herman published in the Catholic Register, Michael notes that while Fr. Herman’s art is very contemporary, his communication tools are rooted in the pre-laptop era. Fr. Herman submitted the first eight chapters of his draft on handwritten pages with pictures glued in place, indicating where he thought that they might best fit.
“(His draft) was letter perfect and grammatically perfect,” said Michael in the Catholic Register article. “You name it. It was a clean cursive text. He even (later) corrected me where he said I forgot to put a comma in some paragraph.”
A member of the Dehonian community in Ottawa, Canada, Fr. Herman is originally from the Netherlands, but has been a part of the Canadian Region since 1950, where he completed his studies and was ordained in 1954. From 1966-1974 he was a missionary in Uganda. He said that it was a time that transformed him as an artist. “African life is so much at the surface and so open,” said Fr. Herman in the article. “You see life which you never see in western Europe and North America. It’s right there on the street level. You see how they take care of their children, the kind of discipline and their contentment with very simple things. It was a life that was really beautiful. Their customs, their dances, life was right in front of you.”
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