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Medieval Documents Return to Park Abbey After 50 Years

The Wolf You Feed

Deportation of Children to Windberg Abbey

Saint Norbert Abbey Presents $250,000 Check to St. John’s Ministries

SNA and check to SJHS

“Forgotten” medieval documents returned after 50 years
to Abdij van Park: “Most important lesson: never lend anything”
Leuven/Wercht –
Surprise for prior Jef Van Osta van Abdij van Park, when he recently received a phone call from André Van Rompuy from Werchter. After all, he knew where some medieval documents with original stamps were, that had disappeared from the abbey more than 50 years ago. “Proof that you should never lend anything”, it says.
In 1428, the bishop of Luik, Hugo van Pierpont, confirmed that the abbey was owned by Werchter, mother church of Wakkerzeel, Haacht and the chapels of Kruis, Ninde and Veldonk. That was recorded on a parchment, in Latin but also accompanied by a text in Middle Dutch. The parchment was sealed with a wash seal with a bearded mans head, the seal of Piermont.
It was André Van Rompuy – known among other things in Werchter as the founder of the candle procession and initiator of the restarting of the horse procession – who now ensured that the documents were returned to the abbey. “I knew who they were with. Not going to mention the name, I don’t want to embarrass his widow. The fact was that they were lying there, and I thought those belonged in the abbey, where they came from. That’s why I contacted and we’re bringing them back today”, according to André.
Among the documents, in addition to the transfer of the church of Werchter to Abbey van Park in 1428, there was also a parchment in Middle Netherlands about Wakkerzeel and van Werchter from 1355, two Medelnederlandic parchments about lands in Werchter from 1355, Latin texts about Veldonk from 1138 and 1146 and also Latin texts between Count Arnold van Aarschot about Veldonk from 1146.
The document was in the abbey’s archive for years and even survived the French Revolution, but was loaned out, along with several other pieces, in the late 60s. “I did not know about the existence of those documents, because they were never returned,” says Prior Van Osta. “Why they were lent and why they were not returned for so long, no one still knows. “
“I’m extremely happy we have them back,” says Van Osta. “Such documents are very valuable to the history of our abbey and the region. It shows how an important role the abbey played here in the area. Until the French Revolution, our abbey owned the churches of for example Werchter and Haacht, but also of Sint-Pieters-Rode, Lubbeek and Tielt-Winge. Documents like this are important to know our history. We end up being just passers-by here, in a region with a rich history. And it must not be lost. The fact that we didn’t even know in the abbey that those documents were somewhere shows that you can’t lend anything. It’s okay to come to see things in our archives, but lend them… then you only lose it. “
The abbey has a large archive of documents from the establishment of the Park to the present. Many pieces were lost during the French Revolution. “It’s not often that documents like this appear. No one knows what else can be found in the world of our abbey. So this is a special day”, according to Van Osta.

In connection with September 10th’s gospel I found the text: Which wolf do you feed?
“Once upon a time, there was an old Indian who talked to his grandson about life by the fire every night. One night he told the story of the struggle that takes place inside every human being.
“Boy,” he said, that battle is about two wolves. The first wolf, the black wolf, is called “Angry”. And that includes everything about fear, anger, envy, jealousy, sadness, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. This wolf lives in every human being, trying to ignore him is useless. And he will always stay, he belongs to life. “
The Indian paused for a while, and continued his story.
He wanted to make sure his grandson was listening well, because this was perhaps the most important lesson he wanted to teach the little boy in life. When he saw that the boy was looking at him with interest, he moved on.
“The other wolf, the white wolf, is called “”Good”. And the wolf represents joy, peace, hope, love, serenity, humility, togetherness, faithfulness, humility, compassion, kindness, truth, generosity and faith. This wolf also lives in every human being, although it is sometimes hard to find him. But he will always stay, he belongs to life. “
The grandson thought for a while and then asked: “But grandfather, if both wolves exist, and are always at war with each other, which wolf will win in the end? “
The old Indian simply answered, “The wolf you feed. “
Facebook post courtesy of Fr. Joost Jansen, O. Praem.
to the war in Eastern Europe
to the war in Eastern Europe
Hamburg children found shelter in the Windberg monastery
In 2005, a delegation from Hamburg was a guest in Windberg, who
also spent some time with the Kinderlandverschickung in Windberg Monastery during the Second World War.
They told about these terrible experiences, about which an article appeared in the newspaper. Claus Günther, one of the contemporary witnesses who is still alive, wrote the much-read book “Heile, heile Hitler” about this time. Frater Raphael Sperber from Windberg Monastery collected information for this and is also in contact with Claus Günther. “For him, the memory of Windberg is still very much alive. It is remarkable that he is still doing so much and is active despite his age,” says Frater Raphael.
It was he who suggested publishing part of Günther’s book at this point, since the war in Eastern Europe means that children once again have to endure particularly horrible experiences when fleeing their homeland. Claus Günther was happy to accept this idea and so Walter Schneider compiled the entries from the novel for this report. Who would have believed that after 75 years there was war in Europe again. It is unbelievable that there are always people who start a war. As always, the children suffer the most, and they will remember these experiences for the rest of their lives.
DE PERE, Wisc. June 28, 2022 – St. Norbert Abbey is excited to contribute to the “Hope. Home. Community” capital  campaign. The campaign will renovate the St. John’s Homeless Shelter, purchase a new building for the Micah Center,  renovate the former Micah Center for the Wellspring and Women’s Programs, and acquire and renovate  a building for socially inclusive housing. On Monday, June 27, 2022 St. Norbert Abbey presented representatives from St. John’s Ministries with a check for $250,000. 
“We realize the pressure on families and individuals to find available affordable housing in our community and its impact on homelessness. Now more than ever St. John’s Ministries needs our help,” said Rt. Rev. Dane Radecki, O. Praem., Abbot of St. Norbert Abbey.
“We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support we have received from the Norbertines since the foundation of our ministry. This gift is instrumental in allowing us to move forward in our ministry to respond to those experiencing homelessness and facing housing instability in our community, each individual, and household a neighbor of ours,” said Alexia Wood, Executive Director of St. John’s Ministries. 
Commenting on why the Abbey chose to donate to the campaign, “We are inspired by the wonderful ministry and service St. John’s Ministries is leading to assist the  homeless and poor in our community,” stated Abbot Dane Radecki. The Norbertines have a strong belief in community that aligns with St. John’s Ministries core values  of hope, justice, integrity, compassion, servant leadership, humility, love, and family. “Saint Norbert Abbey is a partner in this community and we are happy to help do our part to support this campaign” continued Radecki. 
As St. John’s Ministries continues to work towards their $9 million goal, Saint Norbert Abbey hopes this gift will inspire others in the community to support the campaign. 
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