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Inauguration of The Titus Brandsma Memorial


On 1st October in Nijmegen (Netherlands), the memorial monument to Blessed Titus Brandsma was inaugurated. Participating in the moving ceremony were (in the following order): Fr. Falco Thuis, O.Carm., former Prior General and the driving force behind this initiative;

Mr. Floris Tas, Deputy Mayor of Nijmegen; the architect who developed the project, Mr. Paul Hoeke; the artist who created the monument, Mr. Arie Trum; and the Prior General of the Order, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm. In each of their speeches, these presenters underlined the relationship between Fr. Titus and the city and the rich symbology of the monument composed of different elements. Also present were Fr. Giovanni Grosso, O.Carm., Postulator General; the Prior Provincial of the Netherlands, Fr. Ben Wolbers, O.Carm.; and the new auxiliary bishop of the diocese, in addition to numerous other Carmelites, friend s and colleagues. In the days following, the monument was presented to various other groups of people: the district, the city, the Carmelite family, etc.

In the wall that surrounds the monument there are bricks that have the names of the various Carmelite communities throughout the world that contributed to the project. The ceremony concluded with the laying of the last brick, on which one can read:

Universalis Ordo Carmelitarum
in fide et caritate coniunctus
Fernando Millán Romeral
Prior Generalis (1-10-2010)”


          The Titus Brandsma Memorial


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