Dutch–English Collaboration bears good fruit
Recent years have seen the Dutch and English Provinces of the Order working closely together to assist with the formation of new Dutch brothers in both our novitiate house in Cambridge and Blackfriars Studium in Oxford.
In November, brothers from the English Province travelled to Rotterdam for the ordinations of Dutch brothers Richard Steenvoorde to the priesthood and Stefan Mangnus to the diaconate. Both Fr Richard and Br Stefan completed some of their formation in Oxford: Fr Richard completed his STB in the Studium before embarking on an Oxford University MPhil as a student of Blackfriars Hall.
The weekend was a great time for the student brothers to meet up with their Dutch brothers, many of whom they had lived with in Cambridge.
Please pray for Fr Richard as he begins his priestly ministry and embarks on doctoral study, and for Br Stefan as he begins his ministry as a deacon and prepares for priestly ordination next year.