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5th June 2020

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 Missionary), arriving at the Iban (the ukir or Iban-painting in … Read more

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 Netherlands. His father Adrian, who was a farmer, was married … Read more

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 need to lead a good life, derived from the UN’s … Read more

‘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 we can fly and not get lost. The True Self, “our name in … Read more

Cri de Coeur

Yes, that is the title of my new painting: cry of the heart, the person who screams in painful longing for the sun because it threatens to be obscured by a black cloud (coronavirus). Humanity caught (red lines) in this situation. The Rainbow Snake emerges from the blue lake (life) and begins to expel or eat the black cloud. The dark cloud also threatens nature … Read more

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 on 4th February 1926 to Willem van Leeuwen and Jacoba … Read more

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 their commitment for another period of five years in the … Read more

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