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'.
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 are also broadcast via live streaming at live.chaplain.nl.
Some activities (notably the School of community) are hybrid (i.e. you can follow them both at Maranatha and on-line). More information in our app (see below: 'Install our app!') or at our secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org.
9 October: Excursion to Tongerlo Abbey with Da Vinci's Last Supper
Register by 4 October!
The Premonstratensian Abbey of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Tongerlo - 60 km South of Tilburg - was founded in 1130.
From small beginnings the abbey became influential in the district called Campine, now in north-east Belgium and the south of the Netherlands, then a wild area. For example, for many centuries the parish of Tilburg was entrusted to priests of Tongerlo Abbey. It was a centre of education. It possessed one of the largest libraries.
In 1796 the monks needed to go in exile, but in 1840 they came back.
Tongerlo Abbey is since 1545 the home of the most faithful replica of Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper.
On 9 October, we'll make an excursion to this beautiful, historical landmark of the history of Brabant.
During this excursion
- we'll make a guided tour (in English) of the accessible part of abbey
- we'll visit the Da Vinci Museum with the most faithful replica of Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper, made by himself or at least his closest co-workers
- we'll be introduced to this work of art and faith by Fr Ivo Cleiren, monk of the abbey
- we'll visit the abbey's book and souvenir shop "De Oude Linden", where the famous Tongerlo Abbey beer is sold (in 2014 this beer was given the "World's Best Beer Award")
- we'll participate in the 5:30 p.m. evening prayer of the monks
We'll go by touring car from Tilburg (Maranatha, Professor Cobbenhagenlaan 19) to Tongerlo.
We'll leave at 1 p.m. and hope to be back at about 7:15 p.m. (dinner is not included).
- Students (BA / MA): € 20
- Ph.D. students: € 25
- Others (< 45 years old): € 30
- Bus trip from Tilburg to Tongerlo and back
- Guided visit to the Abbey
- Guided visit to the Da Vinci Museum
How to register?
1. Report your presence in the app MijnRKK (see elsewhere on this website) OR by sending an e-mail to email@example.com, by 4 October;
2. Complete your registration by transferring the amount indicated above, by 4 October, to IBAN NL76RABO0354297589, stating "[your name] [your surname] 09OCT21".
Great that you join!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 by yourself or if you want to talk by Skype. You will then 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 Augusts).
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 email@example.com. 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 done done).
|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||What is friendship?|
|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 freedom?|
|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 experience?|
|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||7:00 p.m.||Saint Nicholas celebration|
|9 December||6:30 p.m.||Cineforum A Friend For Life||Marie Heurtin (2014)|
|16 December||6:30 p.m.||Lecture cycle 'The Religious Sense' by the university Chaplain||Morality|
|27 January 2022||6:30 p.m.||Big Words dialogue||What is faith?|
|3 February||6:30 p.m.||Cineforum A Friend For Life|
|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|
|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||La última cima (2010)|
|7 April||6:30 p.m.||Big Words dialogue||What is your identity?|
|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
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. (not in August) at 'Maranatha' student church (Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 19). Come and participate freely.
Monday to Friday: come study at Maranatha!
On Monday from 1 pm to 5:15 p.m., and from Tuesday to Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., you can study in Maranatha's library or meeting room.
Coffee, tea, and Wifi, are available. You can bring and eat your own lunch. Of course, bring your own textbooks and laptop.
From Tuesday to Friday, you should arrive before 8:45 am. If you come later, you can only be allowed in when others are already studying.
Maximum number of people: 14. Don't leave things behind. Clean up food scraps and the like very well.
Access can be refused without giving reasons.
Not in the week after Easter, the months of July and August, and the weeks 52, 53, 1, 2, and 3.
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 5:00 p.m.
The Mass is alternately in English (odd week numbers) and Dutch (even week numbers). However, he 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 2021-2020, 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.
- Friday, 24 December, Christmas Midnight Mass at 11:00 p.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, 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 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, it’s in Dutch.
Ecumenical morning prayer
(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, and Thursdays, at 8:15 a.m., there is an ecumenical morning prayer in English, at Maranatha.
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 from 4:30 p.m. at 'Maranatha' (Professor Cobbenhagenlaan 19).
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. From 4 October 2020 onwards, it rehearses every Sunday at 4 p.m. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org); 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 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
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."
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:
- Instagram @tilburguniversitychaplaincy
- Facebook @studentenkerkmaranatha
- Twitch @chaplainnl
- Twitter @chaplainnl
You can also become a member of Facebook group Tilburg University Chaplaincy.