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24th February 2020

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

Mission Sunday, Cookham, GB: Promoting Mission through Art

Mill Hill Missionaries Brian Oswald and Thaddeus de Deckere, both resident at Maidenhead, hit upon an original way of celebrating and promoting ‘Mission’ during this month of October, the Extraordinary Mission Month: an exhibition of artworks created by Brian in support of the Grihini Girls Project initiated by Thaddeus. An impression of an ‘Extraordinary Mission Art Weekend’. EAST TO WEST An exhibition of art from … Read more

Documentary: Cistercian Monks not Precious about the Future

Mount St. Bernard Abbey once had as many as 85 monks, although that number was down to 25 when the film was being made. Some of the monks Hamer spoke to during filming have since died, and, as is true with religious houses across the country, they are not being replaced in the same numbers. “Part of the attitude of many monks is that the … Read more

Exploring Philippine Religious Imagery

On the final day of the ‘Global South Editors’ meeting in Iloilo, Philippines, the participants were treated to a visit to the Divine Mercy Shrine in San Joaquin. This pilgrimage proved a fascinating exploration of  Philippine religious imagery and imagination. It involves among others climbing up hundreds of steps. ‘You’ve made it all the way to heaven’, they told me upon completion. Here is a … Read more

Praying with Art: The Rich Man and Lazarus

Painting: by the Master of the Codex Aureus Illustrated Manuscript c1040 Nurnberg Rich Man and Lazarus Music: ‘Into the Deep’ by Epiphany http://epiphanymusic.org.uk/ In the Spiritual Exercises, St Ignatius gives us the idea of meeting sacred scripture with one’s own life, mediated through Imaginative Contemplation. The aim of these reflections is to do this in tandem with pieces of art. Each month therefore, we will … Read more

Oosterbeek, The Netherlands: In Search of Brederoc

“What a find!”. Gisela  in het Veld was lost for words to express the amazement she felt when she first set eyes on the collection of some 800 paintings by Brederoc (pseudonym of Kees Breed mhm) stored in the attic of Missiehuis Vrijland. She had come at the invitation of Dutch Mill Hill Regional Martien van Leeuwen who, intrigued and fascinated himself, was eagerly looking … Read more

Slum Art Splendour

When I sauntered into the Nyalenda compound of the Kisumu Urban Apostolate Programme (KUAP-Pandipieri) I bumped into two young European females who were in the process of having their hair done ‘African style’. They noticed the logo on my headgear. “NS???? You must be from Holland!”.  So, we proved to be compatriots. They were on a three-month volunteering programme at Pandipieri, young and enthusiastic. Still … Read more

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