Chapel for Europe
Rue Van Maerlantstraat 22-24
On Monday, 4 September 2023, Fr Krystian Sowa, sj.
Director of the the Chapel for Europe
, and Fr Manuel Barrios Prieto
, General Secretary of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE
), will celebrate a Mass on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the death of the Servant of God Robert Schuman.
The Venerable Robert Schuman died in Scy-Chazelles, France, on 4 September 1963. The Servant of God lived the virtue of faith in a total dimension. He saw his political commitment as obedience to the will of God. Faith nourished and sustained his commitment to work for a united and reconciled Europe.
A man of government at the service of a secular State, the politician fully respected the secular nature of the State, without ever agreeing to act against his conscience, formed in obedience to the commandments of God and the laws of the Church.
A man of personal and liturgical prayer, Robert Schuman was driven and animated by a heroic hope which did not rely on his own strength and which is particularly evident in his political action in the service of the idea of a united Europe. He had an admiration for the great abbeys, and his habit of seeking refuge in them for times of prayer and meditation reveals a unique and characteristic aspect of Robert Schuman’s spirituality.
The serenity and peace that radiated from his person, both fruits of his firm attachment to the Providence, are undoubtedly a very important aspect of the Servant of God’s heroic experience of hope.
This celebration with intercessory prayer is organized in collaboration with the Institut Saint-Benoît, Patron of Europe, which is committed to making the cause of beatification known to as many people as possible.