Center for Parish Spirituality
The Center for Parish Spirituality (CPS) is a Catholic pastoral resource center in the Netherlands that helps parishioners and parish communities to grow in their relationship with God. Established in 1990 by the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, the Center offers days of reflection and a wide range of publications and presentations designed to nourish faith. Since the liturgy is “the source and summit of the Christian life,” many of our writings and projects focus on the Eucharist. We also stress the importance of evangelization, fundamental catechesis and sharing faith with children.
Our Center is housed in a cloister (Klooster Brakkenstein) of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in Nijmgen. Two lay persons serve on our staff. They are Timothy P. (Tim) Schilling and Mirjam Spruit-Borst. Schilling, an American, came to the Center in 2003, after completion of a doctorate in practical theology in Utrecht and seven years of work as a catechist in the Archdiocese of Seattle. Spruit-Borst, a Dutch woman, joined the staff in 2015 after thirteen years on the catechetical staff of the Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam. Prior to that she earned an MA and STB at the Tilburg School of Theology. Working collaboratively with these staff members are two priests of the Congregation, Fr. Eugène van Heijst S.S.S. and Fr. Frans Vrijdag S.S.S. Ms. Trea Hendriks provides administrative support.
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