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Aita Martxel Tillous has died

03/31/2009

Aita Martxel Tillous last August at the NABO Convention and Basque Festival in Chino, California (photo EuskalKultura.com)
Aita Martxel Tillous last August at the NABO Convention and Basque Festival in Chino, California (photo EuskalKultura.com)

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Aita Martxel Tillous passed away today at 1:30pm (Basque Country time) at the Ania-Enia clinic in Cambo, after almost a year’s battle with cancer. He was born in Eskiula (Xiberoa), spent nearly 30 years as a missionary priest in Africa on the Ivory Coast. He also spent four years as the chaplain of Paris’s Euskal Etxea before serving nearly 14 years as the Basque chaplain in the United States. The funeral will take place this Friday in Eskiula at 3:00pm concelebrated by the Bishop of Bayonne and many other priests. May he rest in peace.

[Shortly we will publish more on Martxel Tillous with whom we spent many memorable moments during his 14 years as chaplain to the Basques in the U.S. It will be after coming back from his funerals in Eskiula]

Updates:

-Martxeli azken agurra, in Basque, by Joseba Etxarri

-Last video of Martxel with his txistu students

-a video of Martxel's funerals, here



Comments

  • Remember

    I known him when I was very young in Larrau, one day he told me "You speak kindly from all people around you, that s a great behaviour, As you speak from the Humanity, go as possible in Africa, you will see the Humanity , hearing the Human Message" was one of his message, that I does leaving in Africa, between the true peoples, God bless you Martxel, I will do my best for this loving country, You can trust on me,

    Christian Raschetti (Inga, Dem Republic of Congo), 04/02/2020 00:03

  • Père Marcel Martin TILLOUS

    Il até Aumonier de la J.E.C à Adzopé (rep.Cote d'Ivoire) dans les annés 1965.je l'ai par la suite croisé à PARIS en 1976 pendant mes ètudes à PARISIX DAUPHINE.Il m'a fait visiter le pays Basque (Bayonne,st Jean-pied-de-port le pic d'Anie avec sa soeur et son mari. le Seigneur l'a accueilli dans son royaume de lumière.

    AKAFFOU Seka François-X, 08/20/2013 16:35

  • Martxel Tillous

    I was fortunate to know this wonderful saintly man. He was kind, gentle, hardworking, determined, patient, loving, and very devout. He had a wonderful sense of humor and he was totally unselfish in his giving of his life to our Lord Jesus Christ, to our Church and to its members. Eskerri Asko, Aita!

    Gracian Goyhenetche, 08/23/2009 00:26

  • FATHER TILLOUS

    It is with great sadness that I just learnd the tragic death of father Tillous. Father Tillous has been my spirituel father since 1979 in the West African country called " the Ivory Coast". Father Tillous helped and guided me into getting in the Roman Catholic Seminary of Bingerville, Ivory Coast. I will always miss father Tillous. May he rest in peace. EVARISTE YAPO ACHIEPO, San Francisco, Ca Tel: (610) 931-6314

    EVARISTE YAPO ACHIEPO, 07/27/2009 05:31

  • RIP Aita Martxel Tillous

    I will always remember the kindness that Aita showed to all...the willingness to serve the entire Basque community. Personally, I remember him comforting me when he learned of my father's passing just 2 days before my wedding, and how he was again there for Martin and me to concelebrate our wedding mass. He will be greatly missed and forever loved by all with whom he came in contact.

    Veronica Goicoechea, 05/05/2009 06:13

  • Pere Marcel Tillous

    I'm so sorry to learn about the loss of Fr. Tillous; it's a great loss to all of us. I have known him for the last nine years at the Aumonerie Francophone of Los Angels. Father Tillous was always a loving and caring priest with sincere and deep spirituality. Our Aumonerie will miss him. Napoleon Awad

    Napoleon Awad, 04/11/2009 17:02

  • Agur adiskide

    My family will never forget how Aita Martxel jumped in his car in San Francisco in February and traveled for 24 hours straight in a blizzard, and through closed roads, to reach Buffalo for our mother's funeral. When the interstate was closed he slept in his van and never gave up. I'm sure he never realized how much that meant to us all. He was a dear friend and will be greatly missed.

    Kate Camino, 04/02/2009 22:40

  • BLESSED EXPERIENCE

    I MET THIS BLESSED MAN AT MY FIRST NABO CONVENTION IN CHINO AUGUST 2008. TO HEAR MASS IN BASQUE BROUGHT ME CLOSER TO MY BASQUE HERITAGE. MY FATHER HAS ALSO PASSED AWAY, I'M SURE THEY ARE PLAYING A GAME OF MUS OR PELOTA TOGETHER NOW. WE MUST CONTINUE THE WORK THE CHAPLAIN STARTED 14 YEARS AGO.

    SUSAN, 04/02/2009 02:44

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