With just over 12 hours to go before departure to the Netherlands for a diocesan conference on Liturgy and Sacred Space and a pilgrimage around the country, preparations are nearly complete.
The trip will begin with a Sunday morning stop in London (with mass/services at All Saints, Margaret Street; St Paul, Bow Common; and the Metropolitan Cathedral, Westminster). St Paul, Bow Common still has the Lutyens Outraged Christ, and my last visit did not permit participating in worship there, so this will be a real treat in and of itself.
As for the Netherlands, and my first trip, I had to narrow down a potential list of 150 buildings. These were churches only, and ignored everything north of Utrecht. In the end, I decided to focus on the early modern through reconstruction churches and the work of Dom Hans van der Laan, his family, teacher, and students. Another highlight will be three days at van der Laan’s Abbey, especially praying the Offices with the monks there.
There will also be a side trip from the Abbey to a trio of Rudolph Schwarz churches and the Zumthor Bruder Klaus chapel.
So here is the list of 19 primary churches in the itinerary. There are a number of other nearby churches I may peek into, and I may not make it to all of them. We’ll see how the driving goes, and the weather, and the daylight.
Sint Bavokerk Cathedral of Saint Bavo, Haarlem
Joseph Cuypers and Jan Stuyt (1895-1930)
Sint Jozef / St Joseph, Leiden
Leo and Jan van der Laan (1924-1925)
Sint Jozef / St Joseph, Wassenaar
Jos van der Laan (1962)
Parochie De Goede Herder / Good Shepherd, Wassenaar
L? van der Laan (1923)
O.L.Vrouw van Goede Raad / Our Lady of Good Counsel, Den Haag
Jan van der Laan (1954)
Pastoor-van-Ars-Kerk / Curée of Ars, Den Haag
Aldo van Eyck (1970)
Our Lady of Perpetual Help / O.L.Vrouw van Altijddurende Bijstand, Breda
Grandpré Molière (1951-1953)
Betlehemkerk / Bethlehem Church, Breda
St Paulusabdij / St Paul Abbey, Oosterhout
Dom Bellot, Hans van der Laan (1907-)
Johannes Geboorte / Nativity of St John the Baptist, Nieuwkuijk
Nico van der Laan (1955)
St Martinus / St Martin, Gennep
Nico van der Laan (1954)
Zoete Naam Jezus / Sweet Name of Jesus, Oeffelt
Nico van der Laan (1954)
Sint Josephkapel / St Joseph Chapel, Helmond
Dom Hans van der Laan (1948; rebuilt 1995)
H. Kruisvinding / Holy Cross, Odiliapeel
Jan de Jong (1959)
Abdij Sint Benedictusberg / St Benedictusberg Abbey
Fronleichnamskirche / Corpus Christi Church, Aachen
Dominikus Böhm, Dom Hans van der Laan
St Bonifatius / St Boniface, Aachen
Annakirche / St Anna, Düren
Bruder Klaus Feldkepelle
Depending on wireless availability, I may post some updates in transit. And stay tuned for a plethora of photos and analysis in the weeks after the trip. Many of these are not well documented (or at least documentation not easily accessible), so I will be making available as much material as possible.