Thursday, September 24, 2009

Belgium and Lourdes

From September 14-23, I was in Belgium and France visiting a priest friend, Fr. Chris Mahar, who is studying for a degree in moral theology at the University of Leuven, while also serving as Vice-Rector of the American College of the Immaculate Conception--a seminary which trains men for service as priests here in the United States.
We visited the cities of Ghent, Brussels, Brugge, Leuven and Paris. We also spent a very blessed four days in Lourdes, France, where our Blessed Mother appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous in 1858.
Enjoy some pictures from the trip. (Click on images to enlarge.)
Images from Ghent

A classic work of art: The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by Jan and Hubert van Eyck in St. Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent.

Chapel of St. Anthony in Leuven, where soon-to-be-canonized Blessed Damien of Molokai is buried.

Images from Lourdes

Images from the Rosary Basilica in Lourdes

The town hall in Leuven

Fulton Sheen lived in the middle building when he was a graduate student in Leuven.

Notre Dame in Paris

Three images from Brugge

The next 4 pictures are from the Basilica of the Precious Blood in Brugge.

Fr. Chris says, "Au revoir."