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Joachim Viens

Joachim Viens of Fort Collins died Sunday, July 31, 2016. He was a theologian, a gifted teacher, a spiritual director, a monk, a priest, a husband, and a friend to many. Born to the late Frank X. and Antoinette Viens on April 13, 1932, Stanley Frank (later to become Joachim) grew up in Vermont. He joined the Trappist monastic community at Saint Joseph's Abbey in Massachusetts and then came to Colorado to serve as the leader of the Trappist Monastery at Snowmass. He has graduate degrees in theology from the University of Saint Thomas in Rome and the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. He taught theology at Saint Thomas Seminary in Denver. In 1974, he became the Director of the Theologian in Residence (TIR) Program in Fort Collins. He completed his doctoral degree at the University of Northern Colorado. As Director of TIR, he taught adult theology courses at Saint John XXIII Parish. As an assistant professor of philosophy at Colorado State University, he taught courses in religious studies and philosophy of religion. For several years, he chaired the Interdisciplinary Program in Religious Studies. Joachim enjoyed downhill skiing. He and Ellen enjoyed hiking in the mountains and the cabin that they shared with Rita (Ellen's sister) and John Bermingham. Joachim loved to engage people in dialogue. Joachim is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ellen Viens, by many nieces and nephews, brother-in-law Paul Beauregard (Eleanor) and Ruth Viens, sister-in-law (Paul). Ellen's relatives were important people in his life. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. Memorial service will be held at St. John XXIII Parish at 10 am on Saturday, August 6, with a lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joachim's name may be sent to the Theologian in Residence Program, PO Box 522, Fort Collins, CO 80522.
Published in The Coloradoan from Aug. 3 to Aug. 7, 2016
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