Twin Friars Die On Same Day After Inseparable Life

There is a bizarre and touching story out of Buffalo where twin brothers Julian and Adrian Riester, 92, two Franciscan monks died on the same day after spending a virtually inseparable life together. They joined the order in their 20s and last week Brother Julian Riester and Brother Adrian Riester died together at St. Anthony Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The two priests were often seen strolling together or biking together. Julian died Wednesday morning and Adrian then followed him that evening. You might enjoy reading of their extraordinary bond below.

By the way, these twins even sneeze together (I admit this is all a transparent way to getting to show a cute video of two twins sneezing at same time):

Source: Buffalo News

51 thoughts on “Twin Friars Die On Same Day After Inseparable Life”

  1. The 10th Century called and said their village idiot is missing.

  2. ad dextra et ad sinistra. Seems the Romans thought the left was worse than fools.

    Dexterity from the right, sinister from the left. Very appropriate.

  3. My . . . how absolutely sinister.

    (I most humbly apologize for the language geek joke.)

  4. Eccles:

    “I have had a religious epiphany. Even God thinks the left are fools.”


    Me too and just with a slight modification of your own:

    “Every fool thinks there are gods.”

  5. Ecclesiastes 10:2
    New King James Version (NKJV)

    2 A wise man’s heart is at his right hand,
    But a fool’s heart at his left.

    I have had a religious epiphany. Even God thinks the left are fools.

  6. LK,

    Some would choose the word “kismet”. Just a suggestion.

  7. Swarthmore mom –

    My experience mirrors yours, regarding the Franciscans.
    I attended a small Catholic academy in Indiana for 10 years.

    And although I have since turned my back on all organized religion as an adult, it certainly had nothing to do with my childhood, which was terrific.

    The brightest, most polite, insightful and at times funniest adults I knew were the Franciscans.

    And by God, I know my fractions.

  8. I am a fraternal twin. I consider my twin sister to be the bane of my existence. If it weren’t for our family relationship, I would never know her because we do not run in the same circles at all. About the only thing we have in common is that we are both women.

  9. That’s a sweet story. They were very lucky (I doubt that’s the word, there are forces at work here that I don’t have a name for) that they had such a ‘coincidental’ death.

  10. Sorry- The video doesn’t seem to work. It’s on YouTube: Talking Twin Babies-PART 2-OFFICIAL VIDEO

  11. SwM,

    I am not Catholic but in times of great stress and uncertainty, such as my granddaughter’s open heart surgery, I always turn to St. Anthony. Great spirits have many names and no religious affiliations.

  12. Great prayer, Blouise. I once was a member of a catholic church that was staffed by Franciscans. It was a very spiritual and open church.

  13. “They became known as accomplished artisans who expressed their talents as gardeners and woodworkers, turning out tables and cabinets from their workshop in the garage of St. Bonaventure’s Franciscan Friary.

    Yvonne Peace, former secretary to the university’s Franciscan community, remembers them as handymen and “fixers” who repaired all sorts of items brought to them by many on campus.

    “They were always busy,” she said.”


    Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    Where there is injury, pardon;
    Where there is doubt, faith;
    Where there is despair, hope;
    Where there is darkness, light;
    Where there is sadness, joy.

    O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
    To be consoled as to console,
    To be understood as to understand,
    To be loved as to love;

    For it is in giving that we receive;
    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
    It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

    Saint Francis Of Assisi

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