Life with a Mission

These simple words seem the best way to charactarize the life of Willem Marinus van Rossum, the Dutch Redemptorist cardinal who lived from 1854-1932. In the Catholic world at the beginning of the twentieth century,he was a well-known person. Less than a century later, he seems to have disappeared from the national and international recollection, a fate which is undeserved. Who then was Willem van Rossum, and why should we honour his memory?

In order to answer these questions and to retrieve the memory of Cardinal van Rossum, as the epitome of Catholicism of his time, the Tilburg School of Theology has started a project to write his biography.

Part of this project is the publication of a special volume on Van Rossum's life and work, which was presented at a Symposium in Wittem on the 26th of November 2011, one century after his creation as a cardinal by Pope Pius X on the 27th of November 1911: Life with a Mission: Cardinal Willem Marinus van Rossum CSsR (1854-1932). For an account of the meeting, including photographs an lecturers, see Symposium Wittem, November 26, 2011.

Design: Frank G. Bosman