Tilburg University Chaplaincy

The University Chaplaincy helps to you give space to parts of your humanity that tend to be overlooked. Learning – together with fellow students – to better understand what you really want and what moves you, enables to study, work, make friendships –live–, more confidently, and more happily. The University Chaplaincy is there for all students, regardless of their background. Come and see!


We appreciate it if you can do a covid-19 self test before coming to 'Maranatha'.

Wear a face mask in the building, unless when you are seated, and always keep 1.5 m distance.

Don't come if

  • you have complaints that are compatible with corona or when you have tested positive for Covid-19;
  • your household member has complaints that are compatible with Covid-19 or if your household member tested positive for Covid-19;
  • you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19;
  • you come back from a risk area indicated by the Dutch government and there is a compulsory home quarantine.

The Sunday Holy Masses (at 11 am) are also broadcast via live streaming at

Some activities are hybrid (i.e. you can follow them both at Maranatha and online). More information in our app (see below: 'Install our app!') or at our secretariat:

Saturday, 5 February: Excursion to 's-Hertogenbosch and its Cathedral

Join Tilburg University Chaplaincy’s excursion to 's-Hertogenbosch and its St John’s Cathedral, on Saturday 5 February 2022!

What have you seen so far in the Netherlands?

Especially (but not only!) for international students: guided visit to city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, including its unique 14th century Cathedral!

We leave on foot at 1:30 pm from platform 1 of railway station 's-Hertogenbosch.
In order to be there on time when leaving from Tilburg, you should take the 1:08 pm train from railway station Tilburg Universiteit (platform 2) or the 1:12 pm train from railway station Tilburg (platform 1).
You should buy your train ticket to ‘s-Hertogenbosch yourself.
Please don't be late! Better be early than let the whole group wait!

Contribution for participation: € 5 (for BA/MA/Ph.D. students) / € 10 (for others), plus the train ticket.

To participate in this beautiful excursion, you should register by 2 February.
1. report your presence in our MijnRKK app (see below) OR send an e-mail to, with your full name, age, telephone number, nationality, and the university where you study and the course you do;
2. complete your registration by transferring € 5 (BA/MA/Ph.D. students) or € 10 (others), by 2 February, to IBAN NL76RABO0354297589 stating "05FEB22".

Looking forward to meeting you!

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, meet the chaplain, Fr Michael Peeters, at 'Maranatha' student church, 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), or in a video call. In order to make an appointment, please send an email to, containing a number of time slots that suit you, preferably on Monday, Thursday or Friday in the afternoon, and also indicate whether you want to come 'in person' or if you want to talk on Zoom. You will receive a proposal for an appointment by e-mail, which you then should confirm.

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

Every Thursday: Maranatha evening or Bike Tour

An easy and nice way to see if the Chaplaincy is something for you, is to participate in one of the Maranatha evenings, (almost) every Thursday (not in July and August).

Maranatha evenings are cultural evenings, starting with a meal at 6:30 p.m., followed by a movie, listening together to a piece of (classical) music, getting to know a great work of art or literature, or a discussion about a theme. The evenings are held in English.

In the months of September, May and June ,the Maranatha evenings are in the form of a Bike Tour in and around Tilburg. They start at 6:00 p.m. (the meal is then after the tour). Bring your own bike!

To participate, you should register by Wednesday, either in our app MijnRKK (see below), or by sending an e-mail to For the meal, a contribution of 5 euro is asked (drinks not included). Please bring this in cash. (Note: the meal is only for those who participate in the entire Maranatha evening; and if you register but do not show up (or cancel on Thursday), you still have to pay the 5 euros, because the purchases are already made).

Program 2021-2022:

Date Starting time Type of evening Theme
2 September 6:00 p.m. Bike Tour  
9 September 6:00 p.m. Bike Tour  
16 September 6:00 p.m. Bike Tour  
23 September 6:00 p.m. Bike Tour  
30 September 6:00 p.m. Bike Tour  
7 October 6:30 p.m. Lecture cycle 'The Religious Sense' by the university Chaplain Realism
14 October 6:30 p.m. Big Words dialogue  
21 October 6:30 p.m. Cineforum A Friend For Life Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (2008)
28 October No Maranatha evening!    
4 November 6:30 p.m. Big Words dialogue What is friendship?
11 November 6:30 p.m. Lecture cycle 'The Religious Sense' by the university Chaplain Reasonableness
18 November 6:30 p.m. Big Words dialogue What is freedom?
25 November No Maranatha evening!   You are invited to join the study weekend in Otterlo from 26 until 28 November
2 December No Maranatha evening!   You are invited to join the Saint Nicholas celebration on 5 December
Sunday 5 December 1:00 p.m. Saint Nicholas celebration  
9 December CANCELLED due to covid-19 Cineforum A Friend For Life Les intouchables (France, 2011)
16 December CANCELLED due to covid-19 Lecture cycle 'The Religious Sense' by the university Chaplain Morality
Christmas holidays      
27 January 2022 6:30 p.m. Big Words dialogue What is faith?
3 February 6:30 p.m. Cineforum A Friend For Life The Journey (UK/Ireland 2016)
10 February 6:30 p.m. Lecture cycle 'The Religious Sense' by the university Chaplain The nature of the religious sense
17 February 6:30 p.m. Big Words dialogue What is hope?
24 February 6:30 p.m. Cineforum A Friend For Life The Next Three Days (US, 2010)
3 March 6:30 p.m. Music Mozart's Requiem
10 March 6:30 p.m. Big Words dialogue Time: friend or foe?
17 March 6:30 p.m. Lecture by the university Chaplain

History of Christianity in the Netherlands as a preparation for the excursion to Amsterdam on 19 March

24 March 6:30 p.m. Lecture cycle 'The Religious Sense' by the university Chaplain Discovery of freedom
31 March 6:30 p.m. Cineforum A Friend For Life Green Book (US, 2018)
7 April 6:30 p.m. Big Words dialogue What is your identity?
Easter holidays      
28 April 6:30 p.m. Lecture cycle 'The Religious Sense' by the university Chaplain The sense of Mystery
5 May 6:00 p.m. Bike Tour  
12 May 6:00 p.m. Bike Tour  
19 May 6:00 p.m. Bike Tour  
26 May 6:00 p.m. Bike Tour  
2 June 6:00 p.m. Bike Tour  
9 June 6:00 p.m. Bike Tour  
16 June 6:00 p.m. Bike Tour  
Every Friday: School of community

Due to the covid-19 situation, for the time being school of community is being held online only, in zoom. You can find the zoom link in the MijnRKK app (see elsewhere on this page).

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 Friday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Come and participate freely.

Monday to Friday: come study at Maranatha!

From Monday to Friday from 8.45 am to 5 pm, a maximum of 6 people can study in Maranatha's library. There is coffee and tea, as well as a place to eat your lunch. You don't need to make a reservation, but you do need to check in between 8.45 am and 9.00 am! So get up early, but then you can work fine!

Not in the week after Easter, the months of July and August, and the weeks 52, 53, 1, 2, and 3. Access can be denied without public justification.

Catholic services

Due to the covid-19 restrictions, there are no off-line activities at 'Maranatha' between 5:00 pm and 5:00 am.

Therefore, the Sunday Holy Masses, for the time being, will take place at 11:00 am. These can be followed in live-streaming, too:

Weekday Masses are, from Monday to Friday, at 8:15 am (except on 15 December: on that day, the "Golden Mass" will be at 7:15 am)

The university chaplain is also parish priest of Catholic student parish 'Maranatha' (Professor Cobbenhagenlaan 19).

Holy Mass on Sundays

The Sunday Holy Mass of Tilburg University Chaplaincy  is at 11:00 am.

The Mass is alternately in English (odd week numbers) and Dutch (even week numbers). However, the booklet, the homily, and the announcements, are always in both languages; therefore, English-speaking people can always follow the entire service.

Holy Mass on Christian holy days

On the following Christian holy days during the academic year 2021-2022, there are extra celebrations:

  • Monday, 1 November, All Saints: International Student Mass at 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 2 November, All Souls: International Student Mass at 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 54 December, Christmas: International Student Mass at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, 1 January 2022, New Year: International Student Mass at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, 2 March, Ash Wednesday: International Student Mass at 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 14 April, Maundy Thursday: Mass of the Lord's Supper at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, 15 April, Good Friday: Way of the Cross at 2 p.m.; Good Friday Liturgy at 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 16 April, Easter Vigil at 9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 26 May, Ascension: International Student Mass in English at 5:00 p.m.

Holy Mass on weekdays

(From 1 September until 24 December 2021, from 24 January until 8 April 2022, and from 25 April until 30 June 2022)

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

Install our app!

Install the app MijnRKK to receive access to Tilburg University Chaplaincy's and University parish Maranatha's updated Agenda. After installation, choose as "Mijn parochie" (= "My parish"): "Studentenkerk Maranatha". Then you can enter the app as a guest. To get access to the entire app, including the Agenda, then choose at the bottom of the menu the option "Lid worden" (= "Become an app member"). After a few days University parish Maranatha will invite you to become an app member. Then you can use the entire app, including the updated Agenda.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation can be received at 'Maranatha' on appointment with the student chaplain, and also, without appointment, every Sunday at 10:30 am at 'Maranatha' (Professor Cobbenhagenlaan 19).

Other Sacraments

The chaplain is also available for preparation for and administration of the other Sacraments (Baptism, Marriage, Sacrament of the Sick) for members of the university community.

The church is open

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


A small polyphonic choir with a beautiful, international repertoire, accompanies the International Student Mass. It rehearses every Sunday at 10 am at 'Maranatha', Professor Cobbenhagenlaan 19. If you like to sing, just come and join!

Other Chaplaincy activities

Tilburg University Chaplaincy organizes

  • excursions to Tongerlo Abbey (9 October 2021), St.John's Cathedral in 's-Hertogenbosch (5 February 2022), 'Catholic Amsterdam', with the Silent Procession (Stille Omgang) (19 March 2022), and to the Holy Land (10-17 April 2023)
  • a study weekend in the exams period (26-28 November 2021)
  • a day of Spiritual Exercises at the beginning of Lent, for students and young professionals (12 March 2022);
  • an all-day proposal to live together Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (14-15 April 2022);
  • a Pilgrimage on bike to Scherpenheuvel (Belgium) at the end of the academic year (25-26 June 2022)
  • 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.

Install our app!

Install our app MijnRKK in order to receive access to Tilburg University Chaplaincy's and University parish Maranatha's updated Agenda and to register easily for all activities.

To get full access to this app, including the Agenda, you need to send an e-mail to our secretariat (; indicate whether you are a student or employee of Tilburg University or another institution of higher education, and/or that you attend the activities or celebrations of Maranatha, and that you want full access to the app. You will then be invited by us to join the app for free.

University chaplain

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.


University church 'Maranatha'

Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 19

5037 DB  Tilburg

Telephone: 013-4675302


Opening hours church: Sunday-Friday from 8 am until 6 pm

Opening hours secretariat: Mondays and Thursdays from 9 am until 12 pm

Bank account: IBAN NL76RABO0354297589; Subject: 'R.K. Par. Wederkomst van Chr."

Social media

Would you like to be kept informed of all the activities of our Chaplaincy and be able to register easily?

Then install our 'MijnRKK' app!

Instructions: see above under 'Install our app!'

You can also follow us on social media:

You can also become a member of Facebook group Tilburg University Chaplaincy.