Monasticon Carmelitanum Neerlandicum
On May 10 the first copy of the Monasticon Carmelitanum Neerlandicum was presented in Boxmeer, Netherlands, to fr. Giovanni Rosso o.carm. and to the provincial of the Dutch province fr. Ben Wolbers o.carm.
It is the result of a historical project conducted by Dr. Antoine Jacobs within the research programm "Christian Cultural Heritage" of the Radboud University of Nijmegen. The Monasticon Carmelitanum Neerlandicum is the first volume in the series of Monastica Carmelitana of the Institutum Carmelitanum in Rome.
A monasticon is a monastic lexicon, a book of reference in which the sources (archives, literature, documentation) thematically are included. These sources refer to the history of a series of monasteries. In this case monasteries of the Carmelite order in the Netherlands from 1249 to 1940. It is meant as an instrument and guide for future research.
The Carmelites settled in the thirteenth century in the Northern Netherlands. in Haarlem. Over the centuries, more Carmelite monasteries where founded. Most of them had to be abandoned in the 16th century, mainly due to the reformation.
In 1653 and 1672 two monasteries were founded in Boxmeer, a convent for Carmelites and one for Carmelite nuns. By a twist of fate, these convents survived the troubles of the French revolution. In the course of the 19th and 20th century they played a major part in the rise of Carmel in North-West Europe and beyond.