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Tilburg University Chaplaincy


Saturday 1 April, CobbenhagenAvond

Together we'll watch and listen to a performance of W.A. Mozart's Requiem (director: Leonard Bernstein, 1988). The introduction is in Dutch but you will receive an English translation of the text of the Requiem on paper.

Place: university church Maranatha, Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 19, Tilburg

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Free entrance. After the program, there is an informal reception and a collection.

9-16 April, Holy Week and Easter

Sunday 9 April, Palm Sunday: 5:00 p.m.: International Student Mass in university church Maranatha

Thursday 13 April, Holy Thursday: 7:00 p.m.: International Student Mass in university church Maranatha

Friday 17 April, Good Friday:

  • 2:00 p.m.: Way of the Cross on the campus. We'll gather at university church Maranatha and then we'll walk together to the campus, were we will walk a Way of the Cross with about five stops. Our journey will be accompanied by the Maranatha choir.
  • 5:00 p.m.: Good Friday Liturgy in university church Maranatha

Saturday 15 April, 9:30 p.m.: Easter Vigil in university church Maranatha

Sunday 16 April, Easter Day: 5:00 p.m.: International Student Mass in university church Maranatha

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 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 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 nights

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 6:00 p.m. Please register for the meal on Facebook (event 'Maranatha-avond') or by sending an email to For the meal, a contribution of 5 euro is asked.

After the meal, at about 7:30 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!

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 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 'Maranatha' student church (Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 19). Come and participate freely.

Study Days

Every Tuesday is Study Day at Maranatha from 8:15 a.m. – 5 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. Lunch will be prepared and if you wish to partake in the lunch the contribution is € 5 (there is no charge for the rest of the day). The study days are also announced on the Chaplaincy Facebook page. You will need to register for the lunch through Facebook before Monday evening 6 p.m. Please bring 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 Christian holy day (1 January, Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Ascension Day, 15 August, 1 November, 2 November, and 25 December) at 5:00 p.m. there is a Holy Mass (on Good Friday: the Good Friday liturgy) 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 Easter

Two simple and beautiful gestures are organized for the university community. One for Christmas, on the Thursday in the week before Christmas and one for the Holy Week, on the Wednesday before Easter.

On March 23, 2016 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. there is a moment to prepare for Easter, with songs and texts in the Black Box. Entrance is free and you do not have to register for this event.

Holy Mass on weekdays

From Tuesday until Friday, at 5:00 p.m., there is a Holy Mass. On Tuesdays and Thursdays the Mass is in Dutch, on Wednesdays and Fridays it’s in English.

On Thursdays before Mass, at 4:30 pm, we propose 20 minutes of Eucharistic adoration.

Ecumenical morning prayer

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

Visit and prayer

On Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 till 5 p.m. the student church is open 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.

Other Chaplaincy activities

Tilburg University Chaplaincy organizes

  • An annual excursion to the most beautiful church of the Netherlands, St.John's Cathedral in 's-Hertogenbosch
  • A nocturnal pilgrimage in June
  • Study weekends in the exams periods 
  • A charitable activity twice a month
  • A weekly boot camp (every Wednesday from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m) and
  • 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.
Student Development
Position Campus chaplain
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'