Udenhout, 18 June 2020 – Community De Vuurhaard in Udenhout is being closed. On 17 June there was an official farewell celebration. This took place in private with only few visitors, in accordance with the rules regarding the coronavirus. In July the brothers will move permanently.
From 1901 there has been a brotherhouse next to the church of Udenhout. From that time on the brothers in the Petrus School provided Catholic education and were fully involved in Udenhout society. You could find them at the Farmers’ Union, the football club SSS and the boys’ choir.
During the last 20 years the brothers have used their life motto “mercy” for refugees who have exhausted all legal remedies. In De Vuurhaard, guests from all parts of the world, fled because of war violence, poverty, oppression or discrimination, have found a temporary home.
At the end of 2019 this shelter stopped. The brothers grow older and the physical and psychological problems of the refugees become more complicated. It became too much for the aging brothers, however willing they were to do this work. The refugee café also stopped at the end of December.
After having been part of the Udenhout society for almost 120 years, we now close the door behind us. We return to the mother house in Tilburg.
Brother Ad de Kok CMM, the Netherlands