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  • Geest Bro Tarcisius de Ruyter RIP NEWS WHO WE ARE OUR COMMUNITIES OUR PEOPLE MISSIONARIES Fr Cornelius Kees van der Geest Bro Tarcisius de Ruyter MISSIONARIES FROM ABROAD ACTIVITIES MAGAZINE

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  • details remain difficult forever As the poet once said the language is all the people 2 And then there is the procedure you have to go through before you finally get your visa Sometimes you have to wait for half a year or more in uncertainty will the application be successful or not Your patience is put to the test and there are so many other hurdles to take And then once you have got your residence permit you are confronted with the quibbles of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service You end up without a valid residence permit for months on end because it still has not been renewed And when it finally is issued you can start all over again It makes you wonder Am I actually welcome here which can cause serious frustration It does give our brothers personal experience of what it means to be marginalised 3 Another thing is that you are coming from a country with a sacral culture You are a priest there with a correspondingly high status you receive honour for it But as a sister or brother too you are somebody there you have standing you can be recognised by your clothing your position at the front of the church And here you re a nobody 4 Then you re here to be a missionary Here in this strongly secularised society in which church and faith have been marginalised and the word GOD is hardly ever mentioned any more where the language of faith is so different from at home And of course there are many more hurdles to take such as adapting to the climate the bleak weather the food just think of the raw herring the pot of peanut butter the cheese slicer customs always make an appointment first before you go anywhere humour jokes are made even about church and faith like Popie Jopie etc and so on and so forth b Why come here Then the central question arises What are they actually coming here for Some say Just let them stay at home there is enough work for them to do there Let me just list what they are not coming for 1 Our new missionaries are not coming to the Netherlands to help us on our way to the gradual end or to wind up the province and care for the elderly brothers Certainly not We are responsible for that ourselves and provisions have been made for it 2 Neither are they coming here to fill the gaps in the pool of priests First of all that would be a hopeless task and secondly we as a Dutch community of faith are personally responsible for building our church I believe that you should not use or exploit them for that purpose In addition that is not our task as a mission congregation With all due respect for the pastors in the normal spiritual care our missionary vocation means that we are called elsewhere So what did

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  • mission house St Michael This initiative developend into the religious mission congregation the Society of the Divine Word Societas Verbi Divini SVD with now over 6 000 members priests and skilled brother missionaries Divine Word refers to the Incarnate Word from the introduction of the Gospel of John The Word became flesh 1 14 and not primarily to the Holy Scriptures The SVD is a Society of Jesus projected in eternity as a profound Jesuit once said Arnold Janssen soon found out that a mission without women can not accomplish much So in 1891 he founded the Congregation of the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters now with over 3500 members Arnold Janssen believed in the power of prayer for the mission To that end he founded the Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration in 1896 Now more than 350 members strong world wide Until a few years ago some of them were living in the Cenakel in Soesterberg If you add up all these numbers you get to the 10 000 people who are inspired by Arnold Janssen Since 1990 SVD formally considers secularized Europe as a real mission field where they offer a helping hand

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  • 1916 2005 wrote about the genesis of the Dutch SVD province This publication is only available in Dutch Wordingsgeschiedenis der Nederlandse SVD Provincie 1910 1924 NEWS WHO WE ARE VISION HISTORY FOUNDER NEB PROVINCE OUR COMMUNITIES OUR PEOPLE ACTIVITIES MAGAZINE

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  • Fr Kees Maas holds PowerPointpresentations Here you can read about his Emmaus story NEWS WHO WE ARE OUR COMMUNITIES OUR PEOPLE ACTIVITIES THE STORY CONTINUES MAGAZINE PROVINCIAL ARCHIVES SVD WORLD

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  • our way to the altar the lectern and the offering basket Gradually I am becoming a bit more African basing it on solid Papua New Guinea foundations But mission involves more From the start contact with and care for people in need of support in this new and strange world was part of the program The HIRCOS members had to find their own ways of conducting the dialogue with the poor and disadvantaged They give service in walk in houses like the Salvation Army and in area meeting points called attention centres They have taken on language teaching and other help for refugees The sisters have more opportunities to visit the homes which are rather inaccessible for us men In my six months here I haven t yet thrown myself into the deep of diaconal services I am testing the waters a bit but I am also very much tied down by another urgent task which I will explain in a minute According to our present spirituality dialogue with other faith people should be an important part of our missionary task Physically that should be simple We live in the heart of Muslim country All neighbors shopkeepers barbers and bakers in the area are Muslims For the moment our dialogue is limited to being good neighbors That is no mean thing as in Holland like in many other West European countries there is a growing anti Muslim movement A political party along these lines gains many the support of many voters during elections The best thing to do for these people would be to come and live with us in the Schilderswijk for a few months and observe the fathers mothers and children They make good citizens Nevertheless it is a bit frightening to see the tensions becoming stronger between sections of the population The pioneers of HIRCOS have moved on in the course of these fifteen years At present the community consists of priests sisters and a brother from six countries and three continents I landed in this community to replace Hubert Wooning ex Paraguay missionary who has become our provincial He was very active in helping refugees to find their way and build a good future for themselves Perhaps I will try to do something similar but another matter is now taking up all my attention and energy The Catholic parish in which we are situated already composed of four former parishes will become part of the one big cluster parish of the Hague North together with seven other parishes All of them have to become financially healthy before they can join the cluster That is where our parish has a great difficulty We are deep in the red Two diocesan committees are guiding the parish and the different migrant groups in straightening out the finances and improving the flow of money You may know the situation already Churches have to be closed and sold Church personnel have to be redistributed It causes a lot of anger The

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  • DEZE KNOP MOET WEG NEWS WHO WE ARE OUR COMMUNITIES AMSTERDAM THE HAGUE DEURNE NIEUWEGEIN SCHIEDAM TETERINGEN UK GESCHIEDENIS LOUVAIN MONTENAU LIVING BY THEMSELVES OUR PEOPLE ACTIVITIES MAGAZINE PROVINCIAL ARCHIVES

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  • mainly within the community and to a certain extent make themselves available for people outside the monastry These days the community is responsible for Co operation with training centre Kloster St Raphael Praying for the problems facing the world society and church The community has consciously chosen for a plain way of life It discusses current developments and issues and prays for them Guest House The house has four guestrooms

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