Cardinal Willem Eijk to speak in Waterford and Lismore on experience of the Church in Holland

13 Apr, 2018 | News

Cardinal Willem Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht in Holland, will offer a series of talks on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 April in the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore on recent experiences of the Catholic Church in Holland.

The first talk will take place on Monday 16 April at the Park Hotel, Dungarvan in Waterford from 7.30pm until 9.30pm on. The theme of this talk will be ‘What the Irish Church could learn from the recent history of the Church in Holland’ and will focus on the the diminishing number of practicing Catholics in Holland.

The following day, Tuesday 17 April, from 7.30pm to 9.00pm, Cardinal Eijk will speak at the Granville Hotel as part of the ongoing ‘Café Theology’ series on the theme ‘Euthanasia in Holland – Could it happen here?’

As part of his visit to the diocese Cardinal Eijk will serve as chief celebrant at Mass in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Waterford on Monday at 10.30am. Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, will be concelebrating the Mass.

On the Tuesday at 10.30am, Cardinal Eijk will celebrate Mass in St Joseph and St Benildus Church in Waterford, with Parish Priest Father Liam Power concelebrating.

Cardinal Eijk will also speak on WLRfm on Monday morning at 11.30am.

His Eminence, Cardinal Willem Eijk, is Metropolitan Archbishop of Utrecht in Holland. He was created a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in February 2012 and participated in the conclave of March 2013 which elected Pope Francis. A former medical doctor, Cardinal Eijk serves as a moral theologian, medical ethicist and physician. He is a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

All are welcome to attend the talks and the celebration of Masses. For more information please see


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