Netherlands: Festive Opening of the Art Exhibition ‘In Search of Brederoc’
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Netherlands: Festive Opening of the Art Exhibition ‘In Search of Brederoc’

A long wait it was! The original exhibition was set to open its doors more than two years ago. But, as happened in the case of so many events and celebrations, an uninvited and undesirable visitor by the name of Covid-19 scuppered the original planning. Martien van Leeuwen MHM and his invaluable team of expert…

Schiermonnikoog – Grey Monks’ Island
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Schiermonnikoog – Grey Monks’ Island

A few years ago a small band of Trappist monks moved from a large – surplus to requirements – abbey near Deventer in The Netherlands to the small island of Schiermonnikoog off the northern coast. They thus revived an ancient monastic presence. (Schiermonnikoog in the local dialect means “grey monks’ island”) Their very modest small…

Oosterbeek, The Netherlands: Change of Guard
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Oosterbeek, The Netherlands: Change of Guard

Yesterday, August 15th, Dutch Regional Martien van Leeuwen handed over the leadership baton to a new leadership team led by newly elected regional superior, Ben Engelbertink. Martien and his team served for an exceptionally long period – nine years in all – and guided the Dutch region through some critical transitions, principal among those the…

August 15: Regional Jubilarians Day Netherlands
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August 15: Regional Jubilarians Day Netherlands

This year’s jubilarians: Bernard van Spaandonk 40 years Ko Klaver and Frans Meulemans 50 years Hans Boerakker, Cor Rothweiler, Pierre Spanjers 60 years Eddie Karhof and Theodora Slot 65 years August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady, is the traditional date for celebrating all jubilarians hailing from the Dutch Region. This year’s…

St Jozefhuis, Oosterbeek – Celebrating this Year’s Jubilarians
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St Jozefhuis, Oosterbeek – Celebrating this Year’s Jubilarians

Today, Friday July 8, the Mill Hill Missionary community at St Jozefhuis, Oosterbeek, The Netherlands, celebrated this year’s jubilarians. They are: Eddy Karhof (65), Hans Boerakker (60), Cor Rothweiler (60). Also included was Ko Klaver who had celebrated his 50 years of association in January. The three jubilarians concelebrated the festive Eucharist whilst Eddy Karhof…

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…