Column: MH Resteigne, Belgium

This column contains articles related to the Madonna House field house in Resteigne, Belgium, called “Maison Notre-Dame.”

We Have 86 Doors — by Giulia Velocci. I arrived at MH Belgium, my first assignment as a Madonna House staff worker, on November 28, 2014 just after midnight. Since it was so late at night, or actually so early in the morning, the... (April 20, 2015)

World Youth Day Brazil — by Cristina Coutinho "And come among us, Mary of God, Lady of Peace… And come praying for us, Mother of Jesus." This is a verse from a song well-known in Brazil, a song sung at the World Youth Day Mass... (November 27, 2013)

A Taste of Pentecost — by Fr. David Linder, retreat master. Something powerful unfolded recently amidst the quiet hills of the south of Belgium. There our mission house hosted a retreat for seven of our friends from Russia. They named it "Projet Russe."... (November 20, 2013)

Surrounded by God’s Love — by Polina Rukosueva, Russian retreatant (translated by Catherine Lesage). My Lord, may this narration of the wonderful days spent in Resteigne be my prayer to you. Words are not enough to express how grateful I am to you for the time... (November 18, 2013)

More Than I Could Have Imagined — by Katya Malova, Russian retreatant (translated by Catherine Lesage). Often in life, we set goals for ourselves, and we make plans. But I didn’t plan this trip to Belgium; it was all God’s doing. A group was formed and I... (November 15, 2013)

A Phone Call In Moscow — by Catherine Lesage, current director of MH Russia. What is Madonna House? Who are you? What do you do? People in Krasnoyarsk often ask us these questions. The questions are simple, but the answers are not.... (November 08, 2013)

Pebbles — by Cristina Coutinho, staff, MH Belgium. Le caillou, in French, means "the pebble." It is the word that comes to me when I am in this poustinia close to the river where I can see many little pebbles being washed... (November 04, 2013)

They Took Us Into Their Hearts — by Miriam Stulberg, former staff of MH Magadan. From the time Madonna House was founded in Russia in 1993, those of us who have served or visited there have endeavoured to express what we receive from the Russians—the quality of... (November 01, 2013)

A Graced Youth Festival — by Dina Lingard. The weekend of Oct. 26 – 29 was the occasion of the third annual Soul Quest, a festival for the youth in our diocese of Namur. Four years ago, the community of St. Jean, one of... (February 11, 2013)

Return to the Arctic — by Joanne Dionne. The smell of the sea, the force of the wind, the dust, the huge expanse of the sky. The Canadian North. The Arctic. The territory of Nunavut. This September, when I returned to the Hudson Bay... (December 28, 2012)

Why I Go to Poustinia — by Neil Patterson. The year was 1999, my last year in high school. There I was, all decked out in my best goth outfit, listening to heavy metal on my discman. I had never seen the inside of a Catholic... (March 07, 2011)

Notes From Near and Far: MH Belgium — by Joanne Dionne. The Church is alive and continues to grow, if not in numbers then in faithfulness. We saw this one Sunday when four young men were ordained to the priesthood—one for the diocese and three for new communities.... (January 21, 2011)

A Presence at the EU — by Jeanne Guillemette. If we open our eyes, we can sometimes discover signs of God at work in the modern world in the most unexpected places. Planted in the heart of Brussels, amidst the major institutional buildings of the European... (April 14, 2010)

Our Chicken Coop — by Jeanne Guillemette. When I arrived back in Belgium on my second assignment here, we had five chickens. We had had a rooster, too, but he met an untimely end when he began to hurt the chickens. "The girls" were... (September 21, 2009)

Au Revoir and Merci — by Michelle Hubert, translated by Bill Ryan. In November 2007, MH Belgium moved from a medieval abbey in the village of Marche-les-Dames to a smaller building in Resteigne. This excerpt from the farewell speech given by their parish gives a... (February 15, 2008)

Au Revoir to Marche-les-Dames — by Dina Lingard. Before I came to Belgium, I read in a pamphlet from the Belgian Embassy in Ottawa that, on average, Belgium has four minutes of sunshine a day. But now that I’m here, I’ve discovered that the marvellous... (February 14, 2008)

Flying Lessons for a Cuckoo — by Cuckoo Susan James. Does consecrated life mean sad faces behind locked doors? It seemed inconceivable to me that a life given to God could be such a colorless existence, so I decided to go and see for myself. Five... (January 21, 2008)

Belgian Happenings — by Gérard Lesage. I’ve been here for more than three months now, and so I’m still very new. But I’ve been stationed here before, and the busyness of this house draws you in very quickly. It didn’t take me long... (April 11, 2007)

Notes From Near and Far: Belgium — by Jeanne Guillemette, MH Belgium. This past August much of our life revolved around World Youth Day in Cologne, for we had the joy of receiving a number of pilgrims, on their way to or from Cologne. Two groups came... (November 25, 2005)

Notes from Near and Far: Belgium — by Malcolm Delaney, MH Belgium. Ahhhh! Springtime in Belgium: birds singing, marsh marigolds blooming, and little green spikes emerging from black earth, promising snowdrops and crocuses and vegetable gardens to weed. Spring came a tad early this year. But who... (April 25, 2005)

First Impressions — by Bill Ryan. Bill, who has been a staff worker for 44 years, spent 24 of those years working in every facet of Restoration—in editorial, layout, and circulation. Most recently he was circulation manager (for the second time), for four... (January 01, 2005)


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