Pierre Tritz

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Born (1914-09-14) September 14, 1914 (age 109)
Moselle, France
DiedSeptember 10, 2016(2016-09-10) (aged 101)
Manila, Philippines
OccupationJesuit Priest

Pierre Tritz, born on September 19, 1914 in Heckling-les-Bouzonville, Moselle_(department), France and died on September 10, 2016 in Manila in the Philippines, is a French Society of Jesus.It was in 1926, while visiting a missionary exhibition with his parents that young Pierre discovered in faith a vocation as a priest and as an adventurous missionary [1].

In 1927, he left his native Lorraine and in 1933 joined the Novitiate of the Jesuits in Florennes_Castle in Belgium. In 1936, he moved to China and met a renowned scientist, Father Pierre_Teilhard_de_Chardin whom he would frequent for ten years Christian Brincourt, Gilles Lambert, Growing up in Manille: Les of Father Tritz , Bayard, 1995. Marcel Crozer, Isabelle Crozer, Father Tritz: hope in Manila , Brepols, 1994. Father Tritz teaches at Tianjin and studies philosophy and then theology in the Xujiahui before being ordained a priest there in 1944. It is in 1948 that he was forced to return to France after the communist revolution and the victory of Mao_Zedong .

From 1950, he settled permanently in Manila in the Philippines, initially to teach there. He obtained the Filipino nationality in 1974 and created ERDA Foundation "Education Research and Development Assistance". He managed to get 75,000 children out of poverty, prostitution, tetanus and hunger by helping their parents living in the slums of Manila to send their children to school and give them hope [2]. To date, ERDA has already helped more than 800,000 children[3].

Father Tritz joined Raoul Follereau and his teams in 1976 and created FAHAN Foundation for the Assistance to Hansenite in coordination with the Phillippines Leprosy Mission of the Philippine Ministry of Health. In 2000, there were 3,379 cases of leprosy in the Philippines [4]. He decides to create a leper colony that is not only a treatment center for contagious cases but also a place of life for mutilated and excluded people.

Father Tritz, nicknamed “Father Teresa of Manila”, has received numerous awards including the Raoul Follereau Prize from the Académie_Française|Académie Française in 1983 and the Legion_of_Honour in 1996[5].

He was fluent in French, Francic, German, English, Chinese, Spanish and Latin.

Cory Aquino, former President of the Republic of the Philippines, said: In India, there is Mother Teresa, in Cairo there is Sister Emmanuelle, in the Philippines we have Father Tritz[6].


  1. Nos cousins de par le monde par Joseph Tritz de Peltre, France, Lorraine Berceau des Tritz http://www.tritz.info/.
  2. Jean-Claude Darrigaud, Les Anti-trottoirs de Manille: Pierre Tritz, father of street children ' ', Paris: Fayard, 1992.
  3. ERDA Foundation https: //erdafoundation.wordpress .com / about / erda-fact-sheet}.
  4. "Epidemiological review of leprosy in the WHO Western Pacific Region 2000", World Health Organization, p.3 https://apps.who.int/iris /bitstream/handle/10665/207775/Epidemiological_review_leprosy_2000_eng.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
  5. "Le P. Pierre Tritz, bienfaiteur des enfants des rues de Manille, est décédé" par Isabelle Demangeat et Clémence Houdaille, La Croix, 19 September 19, 2016 https://www.la-croix.com/Religion/Monde/Le-P-Pierre-Tritz-bienfaiteur-enfants-rues-Manille-decede-2016-09-19-1200790138
  6. Belinda Olivares Cuhanan, "Fr. Pierre Tritz shows politicos how to be a 'man for others",The Manila Times, Sep 19, 2013 https://www.pressreader.com/philippines/manila-times/20130919/281487864039934

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