18th November 2019

The Future of Religious Life in the Highly Secularised Low Countries: Is the Glass Half Full?

Over the past two years Mr Paul Wennekes conducted extensive research into future oriented religious life in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. He shared some of his findings at the recent annual meeting of the Conference of Dutch Religious (KNR) called ‘Colourful Religious Life’ (KRL). The theme of the meeting was ‘Salt of the Earth, the role of religious communities in a secularised society’. Salt … Read more

Oosterbeek, The Netherlands: Presentation Mission-Art Calendar Featuring Works by Mill Hill Missionary Artist Kees Breed

Another event in the developing story of the exciting artistic legacy of Fr Kees Breed, a Mill Hill missionary active in The Philippines, who died in December 2017. Today, Wednesday 13th November, the Dutch Master Painters together with the Mill Hill Missionaries in The Netherlands marked the start of the Brederoc Year with the presentation of a magnificent Mission-Art Calendar. A sizeable gathering of resident … Read more

Father Ben Jorna MHM RIP

It is with regret that we inform you of the death at 10.30 am on Sunday morning, 6th October 2019, in Missiehuis Vrijland, Oosterbeek, The Netherlands, aged 83, of        Ben Jorna Mill Hill Missionary May he rest in peace   Bernard Jorna was born on 29 November 1935 in Arnhem, The Netherlands. His father, Jentje (Jan), an office clerk, was married to Frederica (née Molle). Ben … Read more


I was visiting the Arnhem War Cemetery, twenty minutes’ walk from our house in Oosterbeek, on 21 Sept 2019. There are hundreds upon hundreds of graves of young soldiers, mainly British, victims of the 1944 Operation Market Garden and its airborne landings. The neat rows of headstones, the big Cross and the monument: “Their name liveth for evermore”, lead to sad reflections and prayer. 1523 … Read more

Trappistine Sisters of the Abbey of Koningsoord, The Netherlands, Open Natural Cemetery

The Trappistine Abbey of Koningsoord, Arnhem, is built on the site of the former formation house of the Mill Hill Missionary Brothers. A new cemetery providing natural burials was recently opened in the Netherlands after years of preparation. The Trappistine Sisters of the Abbey of Koningsoord came up with the idea as a place of consolation and of connection, and of course as a final … Read more

Peace Week

Today, Sunday 22nd September, is Peace Sunday, the liturgical heart of Peace Week. The overall theme for this event is ‘Care for the earth, Common Home’. It coincides with the Global Climate Strike called for by the amazing Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg. In over 150 countries, people are stepping up to support young climate strikers and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. … Read more

Regional Assembly of the Mill Hill Missionaries in The Netherlands

Dutch Regional Assembly  These past two days, 9-10 September, a record number of 58 Mill Hill Missionaries resident in The Netherlands participated in the Annual Regional Assembly at St Jozefhuis and Missiehuis Vrijland in Oosterbeek. The highlight of this assembly – beyond the in-house news briefing and the sharing of past missionary experiences by two senior missionary colleagues – was the keynote address the second … Read more

The Netherlands: Faith in Times of Radical Diminishment

Pr0minent Dutch theologian, Erik Borgman, will be the main speaker at the upcoming assembly of the Mill Hill Missionaries in The Netherlands. An extract from a recent entry in his blog commenting on the future of faith and Church in a situation of pervasive secularisation. Church leaders, pastors and volunteers in parishes and religious communities, they are everywhere trying to save what can be saved. That … Read more

Dutch Region: Jubilarians Day, August 15

The Dutch region of the Mill Hill Missionaries traditionally celebrates its jubilarians on August 15th, the Feast of the Assumption. The inclusion of two Trappist nuns and a diocesan priest, all residents of Missiehuis Vrijland, brought the total number of ‘celebrants’ to twelve! Equally true to tradition General Superior Michael Corcoran and Vicar General Desmond McGillicuddy joined the celebrations. The festive Eucharist was fittingly led … Read more