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Eastern Catholics in the Netherlands #168146 07/18/02 12:31 PM
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Hi,
where can I find a directory of Eastern Catholic Churches in the Netherlands (especially, if there are, the Italo-Albanian ones)?

Is there any Eastern Catholics from the Netherlands on this forum?

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Here is a little info.

http://www.stmichaelruscath.org/listing.htm
http://www.stmichaelruscath.org/netherlands.htm

"A Half Century for the Slavic-Byzantine Church in The Hague

The Slavic-Byzantine Community of the Transfiguration of the Lord, located in The Hague celebrated this year (1999) its fiftieth anniversary. This little community is a special part of the Church in this Diocese, because it forms a link between the Western Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. "There are 9 Byzantine Churches in The Netherlands. We fall under the leadership of Rome, but the liturgy is celebrated according to the Slavic-Byzantine Rite in Church Slavonic. Our Church is set up according to the Eastern tradition. Before us stands the iconostasis, a wall with icons behind which stands the altar. What we see here has all been painted by Father Methodius, the first priest of this church", says Eugene Sarolea, the secretary of the Church located on the "Raamsweg" in The Hague.

The establishment of the Byzantine parishes in the Netherlands began shortly after World War II. Sarolea stated, "A few thousand Russian women, who had been forced to work in Germany during the war, fled to the Netherlands. And a group of these women had been married to Dutch men while they were in Germany. However, these women did not feel much like they were at home when they went to church in Holland, where at that time they had only the Western Catholic Church. Pope Pius XII gave the Capuchin Fathers the task to help to help these women feel more at home with the Eastern way of celebrating the Divine Liturgy. This order had a small group of priests who were trained in Rome to serve the Eastern rite, but were prevented from serving in the East after the rise of communism. These priests helped the women in their own language and with the Eastern liturgies. A certain amount of the Slavic-Byzantine Churches were established of which this one (shown in the picture) is just one. It is good to see that also many people of the Netherlands had interest in the eastern rites. For many people the Church on the Raamsweg has become their spiritual home."

From this site, I gather there are communities in Amsterdam, Haarlem, Delft, Rotterdam, Utrecht, The Hague, Eindhoven, Maastricht, and Nijmegen, and in Tilbug and s'Hertogenbosch.

These may all be Russian communities, but I'm not sure.

The is also a well-known choir, the Byzantine Men's Choir of Utrecht.

djs

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Re: Eastern Catholics in the Netherlands #168148 07/18/02 05:47 PM
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Although this is not in the Netherlands, one should mention the Benedictine Monastery of the Union at Chevetogne in Belgium which has a glorious history of promoting Ecumenical relations between East and West and of fostering knowledge of Eastern Chrstian traditions in the West. The monks are widely known also for their Slavonic recordings. It is well worth a visit!

Brian


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