Oosterbeek, The Netherlands: Keeping Corona at Bay
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Oosterbeek, The Netherlands: Keeping Corona at Bay

Covid-19,  takes us all into a new normal. Just like everywhere else, also in Oosterbeek we were taken by surprise by Corona. A virus which would take the whole world in its grip.  There seems to be no let up. How did we fare in Oosterbeek, what did we do to safeguard one another? On…

Enschede, The Netherlands: An Explosion of Creativity in Times of Corona
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Enschede, The Netherlands: An Explosion of Creativity in Times of Corona

These corona times mean that I have a lot of time for the garden and presbytery. A working group has now been formed for the garden to turn the walls of the presbytery garden into an exhibition of paintings. There is also an Our Lady’s chapel against the large tree in the middle of the…

Dotpainting – Light in the Darkness
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Dotpainting – Light in the Darkness

There is a hidden meaning in this painting which needs explanation. The meaning gradually developed when I was painting myself, born between the two rivers (Dinkel and Regge, top and bottom blue lines), becoming a member of Mill Hill (the red lines left and right, sign of the sash or girdle of a Mill Hill…

Father Alphonse (Fons) Geerts MHM   RIP
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Father Alphonse (Fons) Geerts MHM RIP

It is with regret that we inform you of the death on 17th May 2020 at 6 am at Missiehuis Vrijland, Oosterbeek ,The Netherlands, at the age of 89 of Alphonse (Fons) Geerts Mill Hill Missionary May he rest in peace Alphonse, as he was baptised, was born on 9th November 1930 in Ginneken, The…

The Pope Video of May: For Deacons
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The Pope Video of May: For Deacons

The new Pope Video has just been published, to make known the prayer intention that the Holy Father has entrusted to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. This month, it is about deacons, “the guardians of service in the Church” and of a renewed apostolate in today’s world. Pope Francis exhorts us to pray for them,…

Father René Graat MHM   RIP
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Father René Graat MHM RIP

It is with regret that we inform you of the death on the 11th of April, 2020 at Maastricht Hospital, Maastricht, The Netherlands, at the age of 74 of    Father René Graat Mill Hill Missionary May he rest in peace Fr. René Graat was born on the 25th of July, 1945 in the town of…

A Post-Coronavirus Economy: Amsterdam’s Doughnut Economy Project
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A Post-Coronavirus Economy: Amsterdam’s Doughnut Economy Project

Raworth’s 2017 bestselling book, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, has graced the bedside table of people ranging from the former Brexit secretary David Davis to the Guardian columnist George Monbiot, who described it as a “breakthrough alternative to growth economics”. The inner ring of her doughnut sets out the minimum we…

Frans van der Lugt SJ – A Testimony Fit for Holy Week
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Frans van der Lugt SJ – A Testimony Fit for Holy Week

Six years ago, by the day, Frans van der Lugt SJ died a martyr’s death in Homs (Syria). The animated film below which the Jesuits made last year provides an insight into the inner life of Frans van der Lugt SJ. The testimony of this life makes it easier to understand what it can mean…

‘Rejoice because your Name is Written in Heaven’ – Richard Rohr
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‘Rejoice because your Name is Written in Heaven’ – Richard Rohr

Richard Rohr’s offering on my birthday. Couldn’t resist sharing it!  Fons. You are not important, and yet Jesus says, “Rejoice because your name is written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). We need a still point in this twirling world of images and feelings, especially in a time such as ours. If we are tethered at some center point, it is amazing how far out…

Father Willem van Leeuwen MHM RIP
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Father Willem van Leeuwen MHM RIP

It is with regret that we inform you of the death on the 31st March 2020 at 10.50 in the morning at Missiehuis Vrijland, Oosterbeek ,The Netherlands, at the age of 94 of Father Willem van Leeuwen Mill Hill Missionary May he rest in peace Fr. Willem van Leeuwen was born in Boskoop, Haarlem, Netherlands…

A Letter from Saint Ignatius
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A Letter from Saint Ignatius

Heaven 14th March 2020, Earth time   Dear people on earth, I see you’re having a hard time finding the right attitude to the coronavirus. That’s not strange. Over the past few decades, science has made such progress that you have come to believe that a solution to every problem can be found in no…

St Jozefhuis, Oosterbeek, The Netherlands: Two Senior Lay Missionary Associates Renew Contract
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St Jozefhuis, Oosterbeek, The Netherlands: Two Senior Lay Missionary Associates Renew Contract

The customary celebration of the Feast day of St Joseph, Patron Saint of the Mill Hill Missionaries, on March 19th at St Josefhuis, Oosterbeek, this year was given an additional sparkle by the renewal of contract of two senior residents.  Jan Laarakker (*1929) and Nicolas (Ko) Klaver (*1944), two long-standing Mill Hill Missionary Associates, renewed…