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Contactblad Magazine

This is the autumn 2020 edition of the magazine of the Dutch Region of the Mill Hill MIssionaries

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…

Father Cornelius (Cees) Koning MHM Has Died  RIP
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Father Cornelius (Cees) Koning MHM Has Died RIP

Mill Hill Missionaries: 11/2020 Obituary It is with regret that we inform you of the death on the 18th day morning of July, 2020 in the Missiehuis, Vrijland, aged 92, of Father Cornelius (Cees) Koning

Oosterbeek, The Netherlands: Celebrating this Year’s Jubilarians
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Oosterbeek, The Netherlands: Celebrating this Year’s Jubilarians

The Mill Hill Missionary community at Missiehuis Vrijland today, Sunday 12th July, celebrated this year’s batch of jubiliarians. They are: Fr Gerard van der Laar             75 Fr Joseph Boekema                   70 Fr Kees Koning                   …

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…

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…

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…

‘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…