In the highly-secularized society of the Netherlands God sometimes seems far away. But Roy, Kees and Aart – as believers and as lay Dominicans – in this society are seeing traces of God and how Christ is working in the lives of people.
They discover again and again that people, who are suffering and in need are human beings created in God’s image and likeness. And standing in the Dominican tradition, they put flesh on the bones of faith and they try to be near to these people. Their special stories are signs of hope and the Dutch Lay Fraternity wants to share these stories with their sisters and brothers in the Chain of Preachers of Hope.
Roy Clermons (42) is pastor in a major psychiatric institution, De Grote Beek, in Eindhoven (in the south of the Netherlands). Read his story ‘Truth and madness’.
Kees Nypels (70) worked for 35 years at a state school and as a teacher he guided many pupils. Now he has retired and lives in Zwolle (in the east of the Netherlands). Read his story ‘Education’.
Aart Geervliet (57) is a social worker and he is working as a case manager at a prison in The Hague (in the west of the Netherlands). Read his story ‘Making visible’.
Each Province/Vicariate is invited to share their stories and/or pictures with a next Province/Vicariate, if possible with a meeting. That Province/Vicariate invites the next Province/Vicariate, etc. For the Chain there is a route with a time table, which can be used. If every Province/Vicariate also sends their stories and pictures to the ECLDF website, we will create, in this way, a real chain of preachers of hope throughout Europe until the next Assembly October 2017 in Fatima.
Here you will find the announcement of the Chain and also an overview of all the contributions.