A long, long time ago there was a Saint Birgitta (1303-1373). Her order has survived more than 700 years and today there are still 55 Birgitta convents worldwide. Since I heard about her, some years ago, I had to know more about this woman that was also called Birgitta.
There are two Birgitta convents in the Netherlands. Just before Easter I stayed two nights at the abbey of the Birgittine sisters in the center of the Dutch town Weert. The nuns in Weert come from India, Mexico, Poland and the Netherlands. The sisters, aged between 28 and 78 years, Olga Maria, Concenzione, Livia, Lia, Emanuela, Stephy, Mattea, Francisca and Birgitta, blend contemplative life with apostolic activity and gladly receive guests who want to spend some days in their abbey.
The Birgittine abbey in Weert is a true place of contemplation and stillness. While the sisters have a calling to devote themselves to the Passion of Jesus Christ, it’s my calling to capture the moment and make some pictures. In the chapel sisters sing and in their garden I admire the first blooms of spring.
March 2015 | Weert