Day of the Priest to close Year of the Priest

Cardinal Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

The Diocese of ‘s Hertogenbosch reports that it still has some places available for people wanting to attend the Day of the Priest they are organising on the 5th of July. Attendance now stands at 275, but apparently they can fit some more people in the cathedral and the theatre on the Parade in Den Bosch.

Walter Cardinal Kasper will speak and Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard will also attend. The latter is also available on Monday the 6th to enter into discussion with seminarians about the future of the Church and their role in that. Attendance is open to anyone, not just priests. Father Filip de Rycke, rector of the St. John’s Centre, the seminary in Den Bosch, says:”We hope that the Year of the Priest can contribute to a renewed interest for the priesthood, for the benefit of the growth of the Church at the start of the 21st century.”

It’s a very appealing program that they’re offering and if it was any closer I would have loved to attend. Sadly the train fair  to the other side of the country is quite prohibitive.

It makes me wonder though, large at St John’s cathedral is, if and how they’ll fit 180 priests in the sanctuary…

3 thoughts on “Day of the Priest to close Year of the Priest”

  1. Well, the sanctuary of ‘s-Hertogenbosch Cathedral is quite big, so I think it must be possible, especially if the Novus Ordo altar is removed (is that possible?) and Mass is celebrated ad orientem.

    1. I’m not sure of the Novus Ordo altar can be removed. It may well be, but I can’t judge it from photos, and me memory is no help either.

      I seriously doubt Mass will be offered ad orientem, but I’m certain they’ll find some way to fit all the priests in.

      1. I was only halfway serious, but if I’m not mistaken, the choir stalls can accommodate about 50 people.

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