St Willibrord: Patron Saint of the Netherlands
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St Willibrord: Patron Saint of the Netherlands

Missionary archbishop. Born in Northumbria in 658, Willibrord studied at Ripon monastery under St Wilfrid and spent twelve years studying in Ireland at the abbey of Rathmelsigi, under Saints Egbert and Wigbert. After his ordination he set out, in about 690, with a dozen companions for Frisia, or Friesland. These men covered extraordinary distances on…

Canonisation of Blessed Titus Brandsma: Interview with Vice-Postulator
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Canonisation of Blessed Titus Brandsma: Interview with Vice-Postulator

–Father Millan: In addition to what I just indicated, I would highlight his profound spirituality, not only theoretical (as Professor, he was an expert in Rhenish-Flemish mysticism, as well as on the work and doctrine of Saint Teresa of Jesus), but vital and existential. Although he was very discreet in regard to his personal interior…

From India to The Netherlands: Getting Involved in Reciprocal Mission
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From India to The Netherlands: Getting Involved in Reciprocal Mission

Today, Sunday 5th July, Fr Thaddeus de Deckere mhm was officially inducted as ‘parish vicar’ (assistant priest) of a huge pastoral area covering most of the province of Zeeland in the diocese of Breda, The Netherlands. This pastoral area going under the name of ‘Boven de Schelde’ (Above the Scheldt) comprises two parishes with 12…

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…

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,…