UP GUide 2014 - 2015 Parish

Spice UP your life
2014 - 2015
eucharistic Celebrations at eUP
This is particularly expressed in
the tradition of taking one of the
Mass readings in the parishioners’ language
other than English.
Each Sunday and
Feast day liturgy
is followed by a reception – a time of hospitality, encounter, sharing and
community building. Sacraments
(adult initiation, infant baptism, confirmation, first communion,
reconciliation, anointing of the sick and marriage) are prepared and celebrated as community events.
“Our Vision is to build Christian community in a changing world”
Dear Friend,
Here it is: the brand new UP guide for the academic year
2014-2015. Here you’ll find an overview of all our activities for
the year to come.
UP occupies a special place within KU Leuven. As one of the
university’s services, we focus on community building, solidarity and the search for spiritual significance. We try to reach this
ambitious goal through a diversified set of initiatives. Inspired
by the Christian tradition, and with an open eye to culture
and to the multicultural society in which we live, our activities
are aimed at holistic personal growth and development of all
members of the university community. Among these activities
there are our (weekend) parish, our student programme and
our solidarity initiatives. UP aspires to be the intellectual and
existential centre where people with an open heart and mind
can find answers to their questions about – and search for –
community, solidarity and spirituality. UP is dedicated to offering a platform for genuine interaction and a warm connection
to other people for inspired action, in-depth discussions and
debates, celebrations and giving thanks.
Our university is becoming more international every day. That
is why we want to focus especially on students from abroad.
We hope that UP has something to suit the needs of these
important members of the university community.
The goal of the English-speaking University Parish (EUP) is to
welcome people from various parts of the world to form Christian community. It fosters an open atmosphere where people
from different backgrounds, cultures and countries, people
of different age and walks of life can meet and experience
Christian community, pray and sing, find ways to work for a
more just world. The community also welcomes families with
babies and children of all ages, and tries to acknowledge their
presence and active participation in the Eucharist celebration
in various ways.
While the community mostly uses English, it respects and
acknowledges the languages and cultures of all participants.
• Sundays and Holidays of Obligation
at 10 am
• More information
• Chapel of the Leo XIII Seminary
Vesaliusstraat 2, Leuven
• Contact
[email protected]
Celebration at the opening of the
academical year
and Patron Saint’s feast
Our University holds a beautiful tradition of opening the new
academic year with a Eucharistic celebration. All members
of the University community are wholeheartedly invited to attend. The University Parish provides this opening celebration.
This academic year the celebration takes place on Monday,
22 September, 2014.
Have a look at what we do! Meanwhile, let us be the first to
welcome you to our community. We look forward to meeting
you soon at one of our events.
The UP Team
On Monday, 2 February, 2015, KU Leuven celebrates its Patron Saint’s feast. This event is also opened with a Eucharistic
celebration, for which the University Parish is responsible.
• Monday 22 September 2014
• Monday 2 February 2015
• St. Peter’s Church,
Grote Markt, Leuven
Tiensestraat 124 bus 5003
3000 LEUVEN, België
tel. + 32 16 32 55 85
[email protected]
Drawings: © Joris Snaet
Taizé is a community in France where brothers from different Christian denominations live together. Every year young
people from all over the world go to Taizé to meet each other,
to live together for a while, and to pray together. Participants
often sing during these prayers; and because the songs are
short and repetitive, the atmosphere quickly becomes peaceful and meditative. Each month UP organises a Taizé time of
prayer and song.
Whether you are a Taizé-addict or know next to nothing about
it, don’t hesitate to come join our prayers! Everyone is welcome! Afterwards, we close the evening with a drink.
• 6 October, 3 November, 1 December 2014
12 January, 9 February, 2 March, 30 March,
4 May, 1 June 2015
• 8:30 pm
• More information
• Church of St John the Baptist
Groot Begijnhof, 3000 Leuven
• Contact
[email protected]
Adult Baptism Preparation
Marriage Preparation Course
Our community is equally open to welcome adults who
would like to become Christians. Adults who are not baptized can inquire in an informal atmosphere about the process of initiation into the Church. Adults who decide to
pursue the journey toward the Christian faith are offered
an extended initiation process in a catechumenal group
(including community members, godparents, relatives and
friends), which reaches its climax with the sacraments of
baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist in the Easter Vigil.
Couples preparing to get married are encouraged to enrol for the preparation process ideally six months before
the desired date of their wedding. Marriage preparation
is offered as a group process with other couples, giving a
couple an opportunity to discover each other more deeply,
to think through possible areas of difficulty and how to
handle them as a couple. The course is designed around
5 meetings, with the frequency of one meeting per week,
so that a couple has some time to reflect, digest and experience the discussed topics. The couple is free to select
the relevant for them topics out of 20 proposed themes.
The course is informatory, yet not lecture-based type, and
oriented rather to the exploratory and thought-provoking
discussions. Alongside many themes of psychological and
theological nature, upon your request a practical help is
offered to you regarding the preparation of the documents
(in case your wedding takes place in another parish/country), selection of the readings for your wedding ceremony
etc. Two courses are offered per academic year.
Adults who participate in the catechumenal process to be
baptized will also be confirmed in the same liturgy. Adults
who were baptized as infants, but were never confirmed,
are invited to celebrate their confirmation in our community. They need to enrol five months before the desired date.
Acceptance into the Catholic
Infant Baptism Preparation
Parents are welcome to enrol their children for baptism preparation ideally one to two months before the desired date of
the sacrament. Parents and godparents are invited to participate in preparation sessions with community members.
Subscription is obligatory.
•One evening out of the following dates:
13 October, 10 November, 8 December 2014,
5 January, 16 February, 9 March, 20 April,
11 May or 8 June 2015
•8 pm - 9 pm
and subscription at
•University Parish,
Tiensestraat 124, 3000 Leuven
[email protected]
Memorial Services
Each academic year, we face something what we would rather not go through: we experience a passing away of our fellow
students, colleagues, former colleagues. We say goodbye too
early, unexpectedly, or after a long time of friendship. Nothing
should be lost: the footsteps of the beloved, the fire, a person’s brightness, the laughter from before, or the tears from
now. During the memorial service we refresh our memories of
the deceased persons.
Christians who belong to other Christian churches and
desire to become Roman Catholics can be accepted in
a community liturgy. They are offered a preparation process similar to the preparation for adult confirmation. They
are not baptized, but received into the Catholic Church
normally in a celebration during Sunday liturgy. They can
choose whether they would like to receive the Sacrament
of Confirmation.
•This formation is only offered to couples where one
(or both) partner(s) are student or staff of KU Leuven.
•Subscription is obligatory.
•Group I: 30 September, 7 October, 14 October,
21 October, 28 October 2015. 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
•Group II: 28 April, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May,
26 May 2015. 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
•Information and subscription at www.upinternational.be
•University Parish, Tiensestraat 124, 3000 Leuven
•Contact [email protected]
Marriage Preparation Course
•This formation is only offered to students
or staff of KU Leuven.
•Subscription is obligatory.
•Wednesday 5 November 2014
•6:15 pm
[email protected]
[email protected]
Rituals can heal
together with fellow students, colleagues and friends to commemorate the deceased person.
Regrettably, it might happen that at your faculty, school or department a student or staff member passes away. Weeks or
months after the funeral, a need can arise ‘to do something’
But what and how?
UP can help you to develop and shape this ‘something’ into a
ritual, and if desired could assist you in its preparation.
For instance, these are the following examples of a possible
commemoration event:
•A remembrance with witnesses, music, texts/prayers, symbols, silence...
•A gathering in intimate circle, where memories about the deceased person could be shared, recognized and accepted
by the group.
•A workshop, where people work individually (with more or
less creative methods), concluded with a final moment in
Couples who completed there marriage preparation course
are invited to get together again in an annual festive event
of reunion. In friendly and warm atmosphere, we offer you
some inspiration and nourishment for your relationship. It is
a great opportunity to catch up with your former mates, to
meet new friends, to pose your questions or just to enjoy a
great company of beautiful people with tasty food. Refreshment of your senses and good humor is guaranteed!
•20 October, 17 November, 22 December 2014,
26 January, 23 February, 27 April, 22 June 2015.
•8 pm - 9 pm
•Information and subscription at www.upinternational.be
•University Parish, Tiensestraat 124, 3000 Leuven
•Contact [email protected]
•Information at
•University Parish,
www.upinternational.be Tiensestraat 124, 3000 Leuven
[email protected]
[email protected]
•Church of St. John the Baptist
Groot Begijnhof, 3000 Leuven
Mindful Yoga
The yoga of Patanjali consists of eight stages. Patanjali writes
about these stages in his book ‘Yoga Sutras’, also called the
Bible of Yoga.
During eight sessions we are introduced to the world of Yoga
Sutras by a 30 minutes introduction of one of the stages, followed by 60 minutes of Hatha Yoga.
This course of Mindful Yoga is a follow-up of the course Mindfulness and is open to everyone who is interested.
In this workshop, we want to make our senses more aware as
an exercise in attention and generosity. We are inspired by the
Buddhist tradition (Mindfulness) as well as by the Christian
tradition. We experiment with forms of Buddhist and Christian
meditation and we explore the spiritual background of these
exercises. This course will provide an introduction and is intended for people who are not very familiar with meditation.
Guided by Peter Baekelmans, certified yoga teacher in the
tradition of Patanjali and specialist in various yoga traditions
of the East.
• 30 September 2014
7 - 14 - 21 October 2014
4 - 11 - 18 - 25 November 2014
• 4 pm - 5:30 pm
• Information and subscription at
• € 80 working people
€ 30 students and not-working people
Fresh expressions of Church
supported by a theological vision and a team of employees
that provide training and the framework, a variety of ‘fresh
expressions of the Church’ grows and flourishes in the Great
Britain. This movement operates – what’s important – not as a
replacement but as a complementation to the existing church
structures, and thus became a successful 'mixed economy' of
Rev. Dr. Michael Moynagh is an author of numerous books
that provide a theological foundation of the Fresh Expressions
movement. On this study day, he will offer us an introduction
to the movement. The lecture will be enriched with numerous
practical examples of the development of Fresh Expressions
of Church.
In the last decade the Great Britain experiences the movement
of ‘Fresh Expressions of the Church.’ It is a movement with a
new vision on the formation of the church. The emphasis is
not that much on 'come and see' but rather on ‘go and tell.’
Just like in the Roman Catholic Church in Belgium, in the past
decades the Church of England and the English Methodists
went through a drastic diminishing of the number of the regular churchgoers. This development made some theologians
in the Anglican and Methodist churches think through the following issues profoundly: how can the existing ‘church’ revive
and become more appealing? How can the church address
her essential missionary zeal and put people back on of the
development of Fresh Expressions of Church in a contextual
way? Grounded in the basics of the nature of the church and
• 4 November 2014
• 10 am - 4 pm
• Church of St John the Baptist
Groot Begijnhof, 3000 Leuven
• Contact:
[email protected]
In collaboration with CCV, IJD
and Chair Georges Van Gelder (KU Leuven)
• Information
• € 40 │ € 20
Spiritual care in a multifaith
• Oude Abdij Drongen
• Contact
[email protected]
This situation poses questions and raises new challenges for
those involved in pastoral care in various sectors of the society. On Friday, 7 November Sophie Gilliat-Ray will address
this issue.
In a general lecture, from 10 am to 11:30 am she will rest upon
the issue of ‘Spiritual care in a multifaith environment.’ She
will focus then on the sectors of education and health care.
Among others, the key questions that may be addressed are:
How is the interfaith care developed in health care system?
What is the changing role of pastoral professionals in a multireligious and pluralistic philosophical school and university
context? Can pastoral care be offered from a clear Christian
identity? What to do in a context that has profoundly de-traditionalised but where spiritual quest is still very much present?
How to deal with religious identity and spiritual care for young
people in a multi-religious context, in an interfaith way?
Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray (Cardiff University) examines
how the traditional Christian pastoral care as a result of migration, changes the inter-religious care in the domains of
education, prisons, welfare and health. Although perhaps
less pronounced than
in the UK, the
Flemish community yet becomes more
and more multicultural and
• 7 November 2014
• 10 am - 12 am
• Information and subscription (obligatory)
at www.upinternational.be
• University Parish,
Tiensestraat 124, 3000 Leuven
• Contact
[email protected]
Participants are invited to
continue exploring the offered meditation exercises
at home. This requires
about half an hour per day.
Participants are also asked
to follow the entire workshop.
This workshop is supervised by Peter Baekelmans
He 's specialized in comparing philosophies and spent
20 years in Japan where he
regularly participated in Buddhist training.
Each meeting includes a brief theoretical introduction, a common exercise and the exchange of experiences of the past
practice week.
• 10 - 24 February 2015
3 - 10 - 17 - 24 - 31 March 2015
• 4 pm - 5:30 pm
• Information and subscription at
• € 80 working people
€ 30 students and not-working people
• Church of St John the Baptist
Groot Begijnhof, 3000 Leuven
• Contact:
[email protected]
Society and sustainability
Series of lectures
The transition to sustainability:
an ethical question.
12 February 2015 - Prof. Peter Tom Jones
Respect of ecological limits is a non-negotiable basis for our
social and economic development, the well-known British Sustainable Development Council suggests.
Given the urgency of the socio-ecological issue, small stepwise optimizations are no longer sufficient. The transition of
a system arises: it involves profound changes of structures,
cultures and practices. Due to the multiple barriers, it is a long
process that will spread to two or three generations.
In the transition the radicalism of the objectives binds with the
pragmatism of the approach. The world of engineers and product developers clearly plays a great role in the radical sustainability of production process. Clean technologies, smart
closure of life cycles, intelligent eco-design and new business
models are indispensable to fill up the (system) technological
component of the sustainability transition.
However, to achieve the (scientifically grounded) Factor 10-target (in a few decades the environmental impact decreased by
90%), the changes are also needed at the level of legislation,
behaviour, worldview and ethics. A real transition is much more
than just technological innovation. It is this integrated vision of
a system that is central to this lecture.
or ethical ways of reflection that could offer another direction
for our behavior?
Meat and fasting
26 February 2015 - Prof. Johan De Tavernier
The third evening focuses on the topic of ‘meat and fasting.’ We
zoom in on a specific aspect of the whole sustainability issue,
and test it out on a long and rich Christian religious tradition.
Peter Tom Jones. Ccivil engineer of Environmental Sciences,
Doctor of Applied Sciences and a Senior Research Manager
(IOF) at the KU Leuven, specialized in industrial ecology. Pioneer of Plan C, the Flemish transition arena for sustainable
material management. President of the I-Cleantech Flanders
association and the Flemish Enhanced Landfill Mining Research Consortium.
Sustainability and ethics
19 February 2015 - Prof. Johan De Tavernier
Johan De Tavernier. Professor of Theological Ethics at the
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven. Director of the Center for Science, Technology and Ethics
(Science, Engineering and Technology Group, KU Leuven –
During the second lecture, we elaborate further on the questions about sustainability approach. What (ethical) questions
calls us to deal with (non) sustainability? What consequences
could arise from this attitude? Are there alternative theological
• 12 - 19 - 26 February 2015
• 8 pm - 10 pm
• Information and subscription at
• € 25 / 3 lectures
• UP, Tiensestraat 124, 3000 Leuven
• Contact
[email protected]
Supporting a grieving person
Bible and spirituality
The wisdom of love
Digging in Biblical narratives for meaning
Individual counseling
“My feet will want to walk to where you are sleeping
but I shall go on living.”
Pablo Neruda
Series of lectures
Human relationships are often marked by conflicts and violence. Is speaking about love in such situations grossly naïve?
And where is God in all these? Through a reflective in depthreading of Biblical narratives prof. em Roger Burggraeve sdb,
Levinas scholar and Bible philosopher at the KU Leuven,
opens perspectives on the human and divine intrigue of moral
conscience, the relationship between prohibition and freedom,
and the different dimensions of our human responsibilities.
•5 - 12 - 19 March 2015 •8 pm - 10 pm
A loved one passed away... The whole world seems to stop.
How to deal with such a loss? How to even think of moving on?
Often a person in grief feels isolated or alone. Having someone to talk about the loss, or just to lean on can help through
the mourning process and offers a new perspective on how to
move one. Usually, healing comes as we make space in our
lives to acknowledge and express our pain.
•Information and subscription at
•€ 25 / 3 lectures
Weekend in the Abbey of
to “get away from it all” to revitalize your spirit and rejuvenate
your soul during a weekend in the Abbey of Chevetogne.
Chevetogne Abbey, also known as the Monastery of the Holy
Cross, is a Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery dedicated to
Christian unity, in particular between the Catholic and Eastern
Churches. The monastery has both Western (Latin Rite) and
Eastern (Byzantine rite) churches which hold services every
day. It is a place where Christian differences are met and recognized as the same Body of Christ. It is also a place where God
is sought in solitude, stillness and the beauty of nature.
Through the participation in the prayer schedule of the monastery, in the silence and solitude of a monastic retreat, through
reflection upon selected texts, and sharing a common meal,
you are invited to explore and rediscover your relationship with
Christ through the others.
Rest. Reflect. Renew. Relive.
Recognizing God in the Other
“Let everyone that comes be received as Christ.”
St Benedict of Nursia
An invitation to recognise God in the others is probably one of
the most beautiful and yet challenging tasks of Christianity. How
do we see Christ in our neighbours? What does it practically
mean for us now and here? What image of Christ do I communicate to the others? Often, in the midst of our busy daily life while
pursuing our tasks and responsibilities, we find this ethical imperative rather difficult to be achieved. UP offers an opportunity
•From Friday 24 April 2015, 5 pm
to Sunday 26 April 2015, 2:30 pm
•University Parish,
Tiensestraat 124, 3000 Leuven
[email protected]
•Information and subscription at
•€ 80 working people
€ 55 not-working people
Away from me
•Benedictine Monastery of Chevetogne
[email protected]
•Free for the students
and staff members of KU Leuven.
•€ 10 for persons not affiliated
with KU Leuven.
The counseling is offered on individual basis in one or more
meetings, depending on your wish.
•Information at
Spiritual exercises in daily life
Need to talk?
The Spiritual Exercises (elaborated by Ignatius of Loyloa, founder of the Jesuits) is an experiential method to trace both God and
the common base from where you get to live. It is a way of learning how to pray, to get a better view on the close link between
faith and life, to discover what the meaning of following Jesus
is for you, to grow in your relationship with God, the others and
The central element is praying with the Bible: what do these texts
tell about God, about Jesus, about myself, ...? How do they move
my thoughts, feelings, my life? En how do I react to this?
Spiritual Exercises are best not practiced on your own. They
require guidance. You regularly have a conversation with your
mentor to see where you stand in your proces of personal growth
and to receive concrete directions for your prayer and meditation.
The human life is complex.
Happiness and sadness
come along your life path.
Sometimes you feel the desire to share the beautiful
experience or feel the need
to get around the more sensitive aspects of your life to
recharge those batteries. If
you feel a need to talk, you
are welcome to share the
depth of you experience in a
confidential and warm context at UP.
•Individual counseling
•Information: www.upinternational.be
•Contact: [email protected]
•University Parish, Tiensestraat 124, 3000 Leuven
•Contact : [email protected]
Community House
ings; while the second meeting is more about finding comfort
and a way of healing. We try to create an atmosphere where
you are welcome to express your sorrow in your unique way.
While being surrounded by other persons, you also have the
opportunity to hear their stories and talk about coping day-today, as well as on the most difficult days of our grief journeys.
Often, people in grief experience that is not merely about letting go, but rather learning how to hold on in a different way.
In the individual introductory meeting with Maryana you can
decide whether this is something for you.
Two evenings on Loss, Pain and Healing
“In difficult times always carry something beautiful inside.”
Blaise Pascal
The death of a loved one is one of life’s most difficult experiences. A person may experience all kinds of difficult emotions
and it may feel like the pain and sadness one is having will
never let up. There is no right or wrong way to grieve; yet
there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can
renew a mourning person and permit one to move on.
During two evenings we come together with the grieving people and share our experiences in our journeys toward recovery. The first meeting is focused more on loss, pain and feel-
for students
Are you a student looking for a room in a student residence
which is more than just a dormitory?
UP offers you Sint-Jan International Community House in
Heverlee – an opportunity to experience living in community.
Among many activities, residents of Sint-Jan CH are invited
to take part in a weekly community meal, yearly trip to an Abbey, work with underprivileged children on the playground
in Leuven or put your shoulders under our voluntary action
iCare. The complete range of social activities consists of more
than thirty initiatives. Address: Celestijnenlaan 101, 3001
“Coming to Grief Group feels like having warm arms wrapped
around you when you are shivering.”
•31 March 2015
21 April 2015
•Information and subscription at
• 7:30 pm - 10 pm
•€ 10 / 2 evenings
•University Parish,
Tiensestraat 124, 3000 Leuven
[email protected]
[email protected]
•Information and subscription at
[email protected]
Voluntary work in Leuven
One of the core tasks of UP is to offer possibilities for the
students and staff of KU Leuven to commit themselves to
the needs of the others, especially the most vulnerable ones.
Thanks to the contacts with various organizations in Leuven,
UP is able to mediate in offering voluntary work to KU Leuven
students and staff. Students who wish to be supervised by UP
in the forming process, are welcome to contact Ilse Hoeven.
•University Parish, Tiensestraat 124, 3000 Leuven
•Contact: [email protected]
iCare week
Financial solidarity
with victims of disasters
During the week of the
volunteer (February
28 to March 8, 2015)
UP brings to attention
the voluntary sector
and the various possibilities for voluntary
work. Equally, through
a university-wide action, UP extends its
gratitude to the volunteers for their great
In response to major disasters, such
as typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines,
UP coordinates various actions within
KU Leuven to provide aid to the victims. UP records various initiatives
undertaken within the university,
makes them available through a website and collects donations for the immediate disaster relief.
•University Parish, Tiensestraat 124, 3000 Leuven
•University Parish, Tiensestraat 124, 3000 Leuven
•Contact: [email protected]
•Contact: [email protected]
‘Give Away’ Fair
away movement. The stuff that you want to give away can be
brought to UP till Monday, 15 December 2014. On Wednesday, 17 December 2014 the goods will be set out in our popup shop. Everyone is invited to choose beautiful Christmas
gifts absolutely free.
On Wednesday, 17 December, 2014 UP organizes a second
edition of ‘Give Away’ Fair. This fair is a part of – what in a
meanwhile became known as – ‘give-away phenomenon’ or
‘give-away movement.’ This movement is an embodiment of
the adage that one does not always need to give or receive
money for what one does, gives or gets. ‘Give-away movement’ challenges traditional ‘something-is-for-something’ concept and invites to explore virtue of gratitude. People help
each other without any need to get anything in return. If people
systematically refuse to ask money for certain things and/or
actions, they change their perception of giving and receiving.
A few years ago a first ‘give-away house’ arose in Leuven.
With its ‘Give Away’ Fair UP wants to take a share of this give-
•17 December 2014
•10 am - 4 pm
Célébrations eucharistiques
Vous êtes étudiant francophone à Leuven et vous désirez
rencontrer des personnes de toutes nationalités qui partagent votre foi chrétienne? Alors venez-nous rejoindre à la
messe dominicale chantée en français et en langues africaines à 11h30 dans la chapelle du séminaire Léon XIII,
entrée Vesaliusstraat 2, en face de Groep T.
•Dimanche, 11h30
•la chapelle du séminaire Léon XIII,
Vesaliusstraat 2, Leuven
•Info: [email protected] │ 016 32 55 85
•University Parish,
Tiensestraat 124, 3000 Leuven
[email protected]
v.u.: Johan Vanpée, Universitaire parochie KU Leuven, Tiensestraat 124, 3000 Leuven.
Tiensestraat 124 bus 5003
3000 LEUVEN, België
tel. + 32 16 32 55 85
[email protected]