Festa de Despedida – Fr Jac Hetsen MHM Bids Farewell to Lusophone Parish in Amsterdam
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Festa de Despedida – Fr Jac Hetsen MHM Bids Farewell to Lusophone Parish in Amsterdam

It was my farewell party from the Portuguese speaking Fatima parish. I was privileged to work there for sixteen years and to allow myslef to be touched by their faith and their lives as migrants in this Dutch society. Some were “legal” and others were undocumented. We didn’t care, because they wanted to survive. The…

General Chapter Diary- Closing Eucharist
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General Chapter Diary- Closing Eucharist

This Saturday afternoon, June 11, the participants of the 19th Chapter of the Mill Hill Missionaries gathered at the church of OUr Lady and St Edmund in Abingdon for the livestreamed closing Eucharist. General Superior, Michael Corcoran, preached inspiringly: “Standing on the shoulders of our elders – our ancestors – a new generation of Mill…

General Chapter Diary – Endings
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General Chapter Diary – Endings

Today, Saturday June 11, is a celebration of endings. The 19th General Chapter of the Mill Hill Missionaries is drawing to a close. The capitulants started the morning’s proceedings by together reciting the General Chapter prayer one last time. This was followed by a presentation of the division of portfolios among the members of the…

General Chapter Diary – A Short Recess
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General Chapter Diary – A Short Recess

Having finished the ordinary Chapter business the capitulants are enjoying a well-deserved free day. The Chapter will reconvene on Saturday morning, June 11, for the signing of the requisite documents and the closing address by the re-elected General Superior, Michael Corcoran MHM. This will be followed in the afternoon by the closing Eucharist and a…

General Chapter Diary – Final Considerations
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General Chapter Diary – Final Considerations

After finishing the review and approval of the principal Chapter documents dealing with the five ‘umbrella areas’ viz Mission & Identity, Formation, Governance & Leadership, Care of Members & Associates and Finance & Stewardship the capitulants turned their attention this morning to a mix of issues still be discussed and decided upon by this General…

General Chapter Closing Mass
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General Chapter Closing Mass

The closing Mass of the General Chapter of the Mill Hill Missionaries will be livestreamed from the church of Our Lady and St Edmund in Abingdon. Date and time: Saturday 11 June at 4 pm. https://www.ourladyandstedmund.org.uk/live-services The newly elected leadership team will preside.

General Chapter Diary: Review and Approval of Final Statements 2
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General Chapter Diary: Review and Approval of Final Statements 2

Today the Chapter continued its review and approval of final statement as prepared by the writing committee. The statements on Governance & Leadership, Care of members & Associates as well as Finance were carefully examined, edited and voted upon.

General Chapter Diary: Review and Approval of Final Statements
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General Chapter Diary: Review and Approval of Final Statements

Today the capitulants had a late morning start to allow the writing committee to finish draft versions of the final statements of the 19th General Chapter. The first item on the agenda, when the Chapter convened at 11 am, was to finish the election process by designating a Vicar General from among the three elected…

General Chapter Diary – Election Process 2
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General Chapter Diary – Election Process 2

This afternoon the General Chapter continued the election process. Three General Councillors were elected: Africa – Philip Adede Amek Asia- Bernie Luna Europe and North America: – Gerry Hastie Further pics on FLICKr The election of the vicar general was postponed till tomorrow, Tuesday.

General Chapter Diary- Election Process
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General Chapter Diary- Election Process

Breaking News: The 19th General Chapter of the Mill Hill Missionaries has just re-elected Fr Michael Corcoran to the office of General Superior. Congratulations, Michael! In the afternoon the process will continue with the election of three General Councillors View additional pics on FLICKr

Titus Brandsma: Journalist -Martyr
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Titus Brandsma: Journalist -Martyr

Born in 1881, Titus Brandsma was a Dutch theologian, journalist, and author, as well as ordained Carmelite priest, who forcefully opposed and spoke out against the anti-Jewish laws the Nazis were passing in Germany before World War II. In January 1942, when Germany invaded the Netherlands, he was arrested. The Nazis told the Carmelite priest that…

Titus Brandsma: Interview with Dutch Ambassador to Holy See
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Titus Brandsma: Interview with Dutch Ambassador to Holy See

Titus Brandsma is a person of many talents. As a priest, he was inspired by Teresa of Avila, Carmelite and Saint. He had an extremely positive attitude to life. As a thinker, philosopher, and mystic, he made an intellectual contribution to the social debate. As professor at and Rector Magnificus of the Catholic University of…