Bishop Herman Westermann SVD
Herman was born on 24 April, 1905 in Werne, Germany. He entered the Society of the Divine Word in Driburg in 1920. He did his Novitiate and Philosophical studies in Sanktaugustin, Germany. He was sent to Techny, USA for his Theological studies and was ordained priest on 22 May 1932. He was appointed to Indore in the same year. During World War II, when the German missionaries were interned, he and other missionaries spent their time translating Christian books - ritual, missal, scripture - into Hindi. He was appointed as Prefect Apostolic of Indore on 20 March 1948. He continued to serve in that responsibility till he was appointed Bishop of Sambalpur in 1951. He was ordained Bishop on 29 July 1951. Bishop Westermann fostered the training of local priests and religious. He resigned in 1974 and returned to Germany.
He lived in a rented house in Munster. His health was indifferent but he helped with confirmations as far as he could. In 1982, he celebrated his Golden Jubilee as a priest at St.Arnold's. He died in a Munster hospital on 23 October 1985. He was buried at St.Arnold's five days later.
Even during his eleven year retirement he had worked hard to support his former Indian missions. He was a simple, humble and undemanding man, not set on making an impression. In conversation he was friendly and factual. By not trying to impress he won the sympathy and affection of others both in Europe and India.