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Tilburg University Chaplaincy


  • Every Thursday (except on 18 and 25 April) at 6:30pm at ‘Maranatha’: ‘Maranatha evening’, cultural event, starting with a meal. Register by sending an e-mail to
  • Saturday, 6 April, 8pm: ‘CobbenhagenAvond’. Together we watch and listen to a great performance of Antonin Dvorak’s Stabat Mater (with English subtitles). More information
  • Friday 3 until Sunday 5 May: short holiday in Altenberg, Germany. Theme: ‘The Human Convenience of Faith’. Register here:


From 13 until 27 April there are only the following activities

Sun 14 April, Palm Sunday

5:00pm Holy Mass with palm procession

Mon 15 April, 5:30pm Holy Mass (in Dutch)

Tue 16 April, 5:30pm Holy Mass (in English)

Wed 17 April – NO Holy Mass at Maranatha

Maundy Thursday 18 April (from 2:30pm) & Good Friday 19 April (from 11am):

‘It is possible to live like Jesus: Holy Week with Communion & Liberation’ Registration (by 15 April):

Thu 18 April, Maundy Thursday 7:00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper afterwards: silent adoration

Fri 19 April, Good Friday 2:00pm Way of the Cross 5:00pm Celebration of the Passion of the Lord

Sat 20 April, Easter Night 9:30pm EASTER VIGIL

Sun 21 April, Easter 5:00pm Holy Mass

Are you interested in Tilburg University Chaplaincy’s activities? Then become a member of Facebook group Tilburg University Chaplaincy, so that you don’t miss any announcement!

What is the meaning of everything? Why, in the end, do you do what you do? Understanding the other and society is possible only if your own life, in all its facets, if 'you' – who and what you are, not just the way you function and your results – are taken seriously.

Tilburg University Chaplaincy offers its contribution to university life, not so much by dealing with 'different matter', but by constantly considering the question of the meaning of everything.

Tilburg University Chaplaincy offers time and space for this by organizing regular activities, which are open to everyone, excursions, an International Student Mass and Christmas and Easter celebrations on campus.

See the chaplain

If you wish to have a personal talk about anything (grief, joy, identity or loneliness), or simply for a cup of coffee. On Wednesdays between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. you can find the chaplain, Fr Michael Peeters, without appointment, at 'Maranatha' student church, at Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 19 (next to the Sports center; from the campus, go three hundred meters towards the city center; the church is on the left-hand side of the road). It is also possible to make an individual appointment with the chaplain, either at 'Maranatha' or, on Fridays, in the Academia building by contacting the Student Desk.

In emergencies, call the chaplain at any time at 06-10405358.

Maranatha evenings

Every Thursday during the academic year the Chaplaincy organizes some kind of cultural activity at Maranatha Student Church (Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 19).

This can be either

  • a movie,
  • a piece of music,
  • a book,
  • a discussion.

The evening starts with a meal at 6:30 p.m. Please register for the meal on Facebook (event 'Maranatha-avond') or by sending an email, not later than Wednesday, to For the meal, a contribution of 5 euro is asked.

After the meal, at about 7:45 p.m., the rest of the program will start; this part is free and you can participate even when you didn't register for the meal.

Come and have a look some Thursday night! The program for coming Thursday is announced on the notice-board in front of the Maranatha building.

School of community

What is the relationship between my study and the rest of my life? How can I grow without being alienated by sterile specialization? Can we say something about the ultimate meaning of things? Can religious faith possibly be reasonable?

These and other fundamental questions are treated critically and systematically during a weekly 'School of community', every Tuesday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 'Maranatha' student church (Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 19). Come and participate freely.

Study Days

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday is Study Day at Maranatha from 8:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. At 8:15 a.m. we start with morning prayer in the chapel. There will be two coffee/tea breaks and a lunch break. Please bring your own lunch and, of course, your own textbooks and laptop. Wifi is available.

Of course it is possible to participate for only part of the day, so that your lecture attendance will not be compromised.

International Student Mass

The chaplain is also pastor of the Catholic student parish 'Second Coming of Christ - Maranatha'.

Holy Mass on Sundays and Christian holy days

Every Sunday (and also on 1 January and Ascension) at 5:00 p.m. there is a Holy Mass in English for students in our ‘underground church’ at Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 19. At Christmas, there is a Midnight Mass on 24 December at 11:00 p.m and at Easter, we celebrate the solemn Easter Vigil on Saturday night at 9:30 p.m.

Christmas and Holy Week

On Wednesday in the week before Christmas (19 December 2018) the chaplaincy proposes a simple Christmas gesture with polyphonic and popular Christmas songs from different traditions. It starts at 12:45pm in the Big Foyer of the Cobbenhagen building. Are you interested to join the choir? Contact the chaplain!

On Good Friday (19 April 2019) we’ll walk a Way of the Cross on the university campus. We start at 2:00pm from Maranatha, Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 19. There’s no need to register.

Holy Mass on weekdays

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., and on Fridays at 8:15 a.m., there is a short weekday Holy Mass at Maranatha. On Tuesdays and Thursdays the Mass is in English, on Wednesdays and Fridays it’s in Dutch.

Ecumenical morning prayer

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:15 a.m., there is an ecumenical morning prayer in English.

Visit and prayer

Daily, except on Saturdays, the student church is open from 8:00am until 6:00pm for visits and prayers.

Other Sacraments

The chaplain is also available for preparation for and administration of the sacraments (sacrament of penance, baptism, marriage, sacrament of the sick) for members of the university community.


A small polyphonic choir with a beautiful, international repertoire, accompanies the International Student Mass. It rehearses every Sunday at 3:30pm in Maranatha’s meeting room. If you like to sing, just come and join!

Other Chaplaincy activities

Tilburg University Chaplaincy organizes

  • annual excursion to the most beautiful church of the Netherlands, St. John's Cathedral in 's-Hertogenbosch (9 February 2019), to Rome (28 December 201 - 3 January 2019) and to the Kröller Müller Van Gogh Museum (22 September 2018)
  • a nocturnal pilgrimage in June (29-30 June 2019)
  • study weekends in the exams periods (30 November - 1 December 2018, 10 - 12 May 2019)
  • charity activities
  • many other things.

Feel free to come by to see what's happening.

A hospitable inn

The meeting room of student church 'Maranatha' regularly opens its doors for activities by students and student associations. Do not hesitate to ask about the possibilities.

Peeters, M.J.A.M.
Name mr.drs.lic. M.J.A.M. (Michiel) Peeters pr.
Division Academic Support
Student Development
Position Campus chaplain
Room A 104
Phone +31 13 466 4311

University chaplain Fr Michael Peeters (1976) studied Slavonic languages and Law at Leiden University. After a year of working at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he went to Rome in 2001 to study philosophy and theology.

Since 2007 he is a Catholic priest and from 2006 until 2011 he worked in Russia: first in Siberia and then in Moscow.

In 2011 he came back to the Netherlands, and he is the chaplain of Tilburg University since September 2012.

Student Church 'Maranatha'

Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 19

5037 DB  Tilburg

tel. 013 - 4675302 (in case of pastoral emergencies: 06 - 10405358)


Bank account: IBAN NL76INGB0001945054 ; Subject: 'Maranatha Parochie'