Isidoor Hemeryck, son of Karolus Hemeryck, brewer and inn keeper, and Isabella Verlez, was an ex-student of the minor seminar in Roeselare : humanities (rhetoric class 1864) and philosophy (1865).
On 1 December, 1863 he asked Gezelle to write a poem for the jubilee of the Holy Mary Congregation at the minor seminar. Gezelle wrote Als Pius spreekt (When Pius speaks). He was ordained priest on 19 December, 1868. From July 1868 till September 1872 he was a teacher at the college of Saint Louis in Bruges. In September 1872 he became vice rector at the Justus Lipsius college. In 1880 he was appointed president of the Justus Lipsius college and professor of Latin, German and Dutch at the Ecole normale ecclésiastique des humanités. He was also involved in the Institut préparatoire aux écoles spéciales. In 1887 he became assistant to the vice rector and from 1875 on he was spiritual director of the Sisters of Charity in Leuven. He became honorary canon in Bruges (8 April 1885) and was the confidential counselor of bishop Faict at the university.
Holy card with Gezelle's poem Als Pius spreekt (When Pius Speaks)
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