|The Legionaries of Christ in Holland. |
Three Legionary priests are currently working in the Netherlands at
the service of the bishop of Roermond. Their mission places
them in the parishes of the Roermond diocese. One of
them also serves as a spiritual director in the diocesan
seminary of Haarlem (next to Amsterdam).
the summer of 1988, Pope John Paul II received an
urgent petition to send priests to Holland. From the 1960s
onward, this country had suffered a religious crisis, and in
the following decades, there was both a gradual secularization in
society and also an enormous decrease in the number of
religious and priestly vocations. The hope of a new evangelization
was severely limited by the scarcity of priests. And so
it was that the Legionaries sent one priest and one
religous to Holland in the fall of 1988.
The diocese where they were established was Roermond, in the
southeast part of the country near the border with Belgium
and Germany. This was an area of great cultural richness
while its economy was based on the carbon mines. When
the mines were closed, the zone suffered a socioeconomic crisis
whose consequences can still be seen today.
Legionaries work as parish priests in this zone. Father Carl
Kuss (American) was ordained in 1994 and has carried out
his mission in Holland ever since. In 2006, Father Vincent
McMahon (Irish), already a pastor in Roermond, was appointed spiritual
director of the seminary of the Haarlem diocese. The third
priest, Father Paul Hubert, has worked in Holland since January
of 2007. The three priests frequently celebrate Mass in English
in the Basilica of Our Lady in the city of
Maastricht. A Dutch priest, Father Anton Vogelsang, LC, works as
a spiritual director in Anahuac University in the south section
of Mexico City.
Names: Fathers Vincent McMahon,
L.C., Carl Kuss, L.C., Paul Hubert., L.C.
6, 6413 EL Heerlen
Phone number: 0031 45 5212450