Notre Dame de Colombier


About father Theo

Father Theo was born in 1960 in Den Dungen, in the Dutch province of Brabant, in the diocese of 's-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch). He received his philosophical and theological training at Rolduc (the major seminary of the diocese of Roermond). Ordained diocesan priest in 1989 in 's-Hertogenbosch, and after 28 years of pastoral ministry in several parishes, in October 2017 Father Theo entered a period of "postulancy" as acting chaplain to the Benedictine Abbey of Pradines (Loire), at the request of the archdiocese of Lyon, the abbey itself and with the permission of his own bishop. He begins his life as a hermit for Notre Dame de Colombier in Montbrun-des-Corbières, with the express intention of perpetuating the spirituality of the ancient hermits in our contemporary situation.

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