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Former Dutch Capuchin monastery now an Orthodox complex:

The Russian Orthodox Church has begun work to make a former Capuchin monastery and church in the Netherlands the largest Orthodox complex outside Russia.
Russia’s Interfax news agency reported Dec. 18 the complex would include schoolrooms, a bookstore, and a library for East Europeans belonging to Amsterdam’s St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Parish, which bought the Tichelkerk, as it is known.
Residents of Amsterdam’s Jordaan district already had "become accustomed to the sounds of Orthodox singing," reported Interfax.
The former Capuchin owners of the Amsterdam monastery in the Diocese of Haarlem sold the property and moved to another location because of decreasing vocations, said Pieter Kohnen, spokesman for the Dutch bishops’ conference.

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posted December 31, 2006 at 11:18 am

Well, I’d rather see it in the hands of the Orthodox than have it turned into yet another New Age retreat house.

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Mary Jane

posted December 31, 2006 at 11:33 am

I think it’s a splendid use. While I regret the decline of a Catholic religious order, as the Dutch gradually rediscover religion – the Orthodox will be waiting. Let Catholics be waiting for them as well.

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posted January 2, 2007 at 4:02 pm

Thank you, I’d not heard this.

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