Sint-Antoniuskerk, Leuven

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  • During a walk around this church visited. The church stands out for its alternative building style. There will be dealing with is that they are relatively new. Inside there is an exhibition about Father Damien. His crypt is located in the basement. I'm not religious, but was very impressed by his dedication and sacrifice. An example for the world and therefore, all worth a visit.
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  • Father Damien to Leuven you go for the beautiful St. Peter, the perhaps most beautiful Gothic town hall, the longest bar but there should also be brought to visit the crypt of St. Anthoniuskerk. Here is Father Damien in 2005 named the greatest Belgian. Father Damien was born in 1840 in a farming family as Josef de Veuster. The grain trade from his father pulled him he would rather not very to be a priest. Therefore he joined the Congregation of the sacred hearts of Jesus and Mary in Leuven. He took the name Damien. Damian was a physician converted to Christianity from the third century after Christ who died for his faith. After his studies ended up Damiaan on Hawaii. There were all brought together on the island of Molokai lepers. There were lepers food and other things but no medical help. Damien asked permission to be the first priest to go to Molokai to go there help. He made sure that the conditions for the approximately 1000 lepers improved. His work was also in the rest of the US and world known by a Hawaiian Princess. Now gifts came from many quarters for its colony. In England was even the first development aid. Unfortunately, Damiaan but short live to see that more attention came for the lepers. On four and forty years of age he got leprosy, a disease where only in 1940 a medication for came and he died at the age of nine and forty. At first he was buried under a tree which his first home was on the island of Molokai. But the Congregation where he heard him in Leuven. That eventually happened in 1936 with the cooperation of the American president Roosevelt. Next to the St. Antonius Church, there are more places in remembrance of Damien. There is a Memorial Centre in Leuven, a square named after him and in the Donaaspark a wonderful picture from 1894 of Constantin Meunier at the local Academy. Next to Leuven there are also pictures of Damien in Scherpenheuvel, Tremelo and even Washington at the Capitol, he is the only non American. Also, there are many places in the world named after him. The fame of Damiaan is undoubtedly increased because he was declared blessed in 1968 and in 2009 even sacred. All this has there so even toegeleid that he has been declared the greatest Belgian but also that two movies have been made about him. The last even with Derek Jacobi (I Claudius) Kris Kristofferson (Me and Bobby McGee) and one of the best Belgian actor Jan Decleir. Father Damien de Veuster of molokai, Hawaii Colostrum square Josef 1840-89 1873 sacrificed his life in the service of the lepers. 2005 greatest Belgian. 1994 Blessed By 1835-1905, Sint Anthoniuskapel Meunier, Sacred Heart fathers came here patron saint St Josef. A largest pilgrimage Belgium Father Damien square. In the choir group of statues Father Damien. Plus leper. Damiaan belonged to the Congregation of the sacred heart. Damien Center. Saint Anthony mountain 1
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  • From the Grand Place you go to the "groot begijnhof" using the Parijstraat you will find on your left hand side overlooking a small square. It's a small church like we find much in Leuven.
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