Fr. Andrew Britz

Fr. Andrew Britz

February 27, 2012

Benedictine Father Andrew Britz, longtime editor of the Prairie Messenger, died Feb. 14 from a massive heart attack.

Britz, 71, who edited the Prairie Messenger from 1983 to 2004 was known for his strong editorial voice in the Catholic weekly newspaper published by St. Peter's Abbey in Muenster, Sask.

Britz suffered from Parkinson's disease for some 10 years, and confined to a wheelchair for the last two years of his life.

Britz often described how "Benedictine spirituality is terrific for newspaper work: We are to pray with our eyes open."

Britz was fascinated by the parables and paradoxes that fill the Gospels and the teachings of Jesus Christ, said Abbot Peter Novecosky in his homily at Britz's Feb. 17 funeral.

"He believed that economics and social policy have to be guided by the social gospel and not just by a country's financial interest: that's too small; way too limited."