The Sermon in the mass at the church of Berne Abbey was about the inspiring Roman Catholic Missionary Peter Donders, who followed Jesus Christ in his work. I seldom go to mass or go to less to church, but I never miss an opportunity to follow the holy mass in Berne Abbey, with the Norbertine Monks, the other visiting groups and Roman-Catholic local Brabant people. They always have good sermon, and I like the element of lunching with the Norbertines after mass. I buy books and cd's at their bookstore, which I am fond of due to the religious, philosophical and spiritual books, images and audio cd's and dvd's they sell. We are a small group of Roman-Catholics and Protestants that gather. The protestants like the Roman Catholic mass too.
Peter Donders (27 October 1807, Tilburg - 14 January 1887, Batavia, Surinam) was a Dutch Roman Catholic Missionary among the lepers of Surinam.
Statue in Tilburg
Petrus Donders was lovingly known by Tilburgers as Peerke Donders. He desired from his early childhood to be a priest, but he had to begin life as a worker in a factory. He afterwards became a servant in the minor seminary "Beekvliet" in Saint Michiels Gestel where he learned a little. Later a benefactor enabled him to pursue his theological studies at the Major Seminary of Haren. A chance reading of the "Annals of the Propagation of the Faith" determined his vocation for foreign missions. He was accepted in 1839 for the then colony of Dutch Guiana (now Suriname republic) as a missionary, ordained priest the following year, and in 1842 arrived at Paramaribo to begin his long apostolic career. He laboured with success among the blacks in the plantations, and by 1850 had instructed and baptized 1200. Before he was convalescent he not only resumed his work among the blacks, but extended it to the Indians of Saramacca. In 1855 he took up his residence in Batavia where for nearly thirty-two years he ministered to 600 lepers. He left them only to visit the blacks and Indians.
In 1865 the whole colony was confided to the Redemptorist Fathers by the Holy See and the Dutch King. Father Donders at once asked to be of their number and was received in Paramaribo, in 1867, by Monsignor Swinkels, the first Redemptorist vicar Apostolic. After this he went back to his charge. He studied music to cheer his afflicted children, and though given an assistant he laboured till his death on 14 January 1887. He has been beatified by the Congregation of Sacred Rites. His feast day is January 14.
Piotr Donders, właśc. nid. Peerke Norbertus Donders (ur. 27 października 1809 w Tilburgu w Holandii, zm. 14 stycznia 1887 w Batavi w Indonezji) – redemptorysta (CSsR), misjonarz, błogosławiony Kościoła rzymskokatolickiego. Wstąpił do seminarium w 1837 roku. W 1842 roku wyjechał na misję do Paramaribo w Surinamie, by jako wikariusz pracować wśród trędowatych. Do 1850 roku nawrócił i ochrzcił 1200 osób. Zmarł w opinii świętości. Został pochowany w katedrze św. Piotra i św. Pawła w Paramaribo. Za jego wstawiennictwem, w 1929 roku, nastąpił cud uzdrowienia dziecka z raka kości. 23 maja 1982 roku został beatyfikowany przez Jana Pawła II.
Portal: Święci beatyfikowani i kanonizowani przez Jana Pawła II kult świętych modlitwa za wstawiennictwem świętego święci i błogosławieni Kościoła katolickiego